Stairways to Heaven: Banaue Rice Terraces

Banaue is the gateway to the renowed Banaue Rice Terraces. Dubbed as the Eighth Wonder of  the World. Banaue Rice Terraces or Hagdaan Hagdan Palayan is 2000 year old terraces that were carved in contour of the mountains of the Philippine Cordillera by Ifugao. In 1995, the Banaue Rice Terraces has been declared as one of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. 

View from the "View Point Area"

The terraces are existing cultural testimonial of knowledge of our ancestors handed by generation to the next with its unparalleled engineering irrigation system; the face of the great minds of our ancient civilization. It is thought that the terraces were built mainly by bare hands and with of minimal equipment.

Actually, the Banaue Rice Terraces cluster close to the Banaue poblacion as seen from the viewpoint. The five clusters engraved as part of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras are Batad, Bangaan, Hungduan, Mayoyao Central and Nagacadan.


A civil engineering project believed to have been completed in 2000 B.C. 
The rice terraces etched unto the mountainsides of Ifugao depict the 
Filipino ingenuity and has withstood time through the centuries.

This is the Aguian View Deck. This is the same image printed in the P1000 bill.

Colourful tribal clothing, dark skin and almond eyes, a truly Ifugao features.

Up to the present time, Ifugao still practice traditional farming on the terraces. Definitely mirrors the conscious passing of the culture and tradition around.

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