Rice Terraces of the Cordilleras in Ifugao

Banaue Rice TerracesThe steep mountainous terrain of northern Luzon was not an impediment for the Ifugao people who settled there millennia ago. From the heavily forested slopes, they carved out multileveled terraces for rice cultivation and dug an ingenious network of irrigation channels from forest water sources. These expertly rendered “structures” of agricultural engineering continue to function, producing rice for personal subsistence rather than commercial sale. But natural and man-made factors now threaten the existence of this living cultural landscape. For many Ifugao people, the traditional rice terraces no longer satisfy their economic or culinary needs. Continue reading

Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao

Ifugao Rice Terraces PhilippinesAmong the world heritage sites in the Philippines, the Rice Terraces of the Philippines Cordilleras have such a powerful presence that makes them one of the most outstanding places in the country. Lying high in the Cordillera mountain range, their setting cannot be replicated anywhere in the lowland tropical landscape of the Philippines – or even anywhere in the world, for that matter.

High in the remote areas of the Philippine Cordillera mountain range, scholars believe, slopes have been terraced and planted with rice as far back as 2,000 years. Mountains terraced into paddies that still survive in varying Continue reading