The Naguey Rice Terraces in Benguet

Naguey Rice Terraces Atok Benguet Amburayan River Province Landscape Size Farm Stone Wall Kintuman Season Harvest Location History Tribe Barangay Distance Halsema Highway Baguio Native Plantation The Naguey Rice Terraces are located in Barangay Naguey along the Amburayan River in Atok, Benguet Province. Encompassing over 33 hectares of landcape, it was built by the community’s ancestors with a stone wall protection. This place is very remarkable because this is where the native rice “Kintuman” are propagated. The Amburayan River spans about 30 kilometers from Pasdong to Naguey. The Naguey Rice Terraces are located three hours drive from Baguio City through the Halsema Highway. Continue reading

Tinglayan Rice Terraces in Kalinga

Tinglayan Rice Terraces Kalinga Province Farm Location Tabuk Bontoc Size Elevation Season History Description Farmers Builders The Tinglayan Rice Terraces are located in Kalinga Province. Tinglayan is one of the municipalities of Kalinga Province where highlanders and prolific rice terraces builders and farmers dwell. To get to the Tinglayan Rice Terraces, from Bontoc, ride on a bus bound for Tabuk and/or Tinglayan. The parking area is located near the Mountain Province Polytechnic State College along the main road. The first trip from Tinglayan to Bontoc leaves between 7AM and 8AM. Be on the highway and wait for the jeepney. Continue reading

The Luinab Rice Terraces in Jagna

The Luinab Rice Terraces BoholLuinab Rice Terraces are located in Jagna, Bohol province. Occupying a total land area of fifty hectares, the rice terraces are carved out from two mountains and is very picturesque especially a few months after the planting season when more shoots have grown forming a verdant carpet that descend from the mountain tops. When the grains have ripened and the fields turned into a golden brown carpet, the effect is different yet still very beautiful to look at.

Iyusan Rice Terraces in Biliran

Iyusan Rice Terraces AlmeriaThe Iyusan Rice Terraces are a manmade agricultural landform and tourist attraction found on Biliran Island. About 45 minutes by car from Naval, the capital of Biliran Province, the Iyusan Rice Terraces brings to mind the more famous Banaue Rice Terraces – rice production knowledge handed down for generations. Located in Barangay Iyusan, Almeria, the Iyusan Rice Terraces are nestled on a mountainous terrain where each terrace threads on its natural slope. While definitely not in the scale of the more famed Ifugao model, the development of the land shows how creativity can express harmony between humankind and the environment. Continue reading

Banggaan Rice Terraces

Banggaan Rice TerracesThe beauty of these rice terraces along the mountain ranges of Bangaan is best seen when viewed along the road going to Mayoyao. This rice terraces cluster and village represent the native Ifugao lifestyle. It is a 40 minute drive from Poblacion, Banaue and 20 minute hike downhill to the village.

The rice terraces surrounding the town of Banaue are located in the province of Ifugao in the Philippines. Ifugao formerly belonged to the neighboring Mountain Province, but it became a separate entity in 1966.

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Batad Rice Terraces in Banaue

Batad Rice Terraces BanaueThis stunning amphitheater of rice terraces is located in Barangay Batad, Banaue. It can be reached by an hour ride from Poblacion, Banaue and one hour hike through mountain trails.

In the fastness of the Cordillera mountains, 250-km north of Manila, Ifugao tribespeople have carved a livelihood from bare rock. Over the centuries, generations of Ifugao have laid stone after stone constructing dikes to hold back what little soil washed off the mountainsides creating vertical gardens that rise as “stairways to the heavens.”

Rice terraces are common throughout Asia but nowhere are they as spectacular as in the rugged mountains of northern Luzon. Continue reading

Bolikewkew Rice Terraces in Burgos

Bolikewkew Rice TerracesThe main livelihood of the townspeople of Burgos, La Union which is farming, manifest itself in this breathtaking view of green fields. This rice fields located at Bolikewkew, Delles, Burgos is a peek of Banaue Rice Terraces. The mountains surrounding these terraces are good venues for hiking and mountain climbing.

Although not as popular and not close to the spectacular grandeur of the 2000-year old Hagdan-Hagdang Palayan ng Banaue more commonly known as Banaue Rice Terraces, referred as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” Bolikewkew Rice Terraces is an accessible alternative.

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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