rice terraces

Bountiful Biliran: Tinago Falls, Bagongbong Falls, Kinaraha Cascades, Almeria Rice Terraces & Dalutan Island

Posted on May 29, 2012

Biliran boasts of beautiful rice terraces. These are the ones in Barangay Caucab, Almeria. An incredible four-day trip around Biliran took me around the mainland and some offshore islands. Separated from Leyte in 1992, it is an independent island province wedged between Leyte and Samar islands. Brimming with natural attractions from active volcanoes, lush springs, picturesque rice terraces, countless waterfalls and heavenly white-coral islands and rock formations offshore, this undiscovered destination can easily rival popular island provinces like Bohol, CamiguinRead More

Race Across The Terrace: Batad Rice Terraces (Part Two)

Posted on February 27, 2012

Sunrise hike across the rice terraces The next morning, the sun filtered through two curtains: my room’s and the village’s. As I opened mine, I could see the terraces veiled in fog, which gently unraveled as golden light spilled into the bowl-shaped valley. From the balcony of the Hillside Inn, the village far below was waking to another day amidst one of the most spectacular landscapes in the country.A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Batad Village is an international backpacker’s destinationRead More

Race Across The Terrace: Banaue Town (Part One)

Posted on February 27, 2012

Elderly Ifugaos pose for a snapshot at Banaue Viewpoint Swoosh! Another tree branch barely missed my head.It’s been 11 hours since I left Manila, with the last hour’s ride proving to be a branch-dodging, butt-bruising and utterly hair-raising experience not inside but atop a jeepney overloaded with young boys spitting red moma, sacks of fresh greens, and a black native pig kept cool with some large leaves. While we bore the summer’s heat, the wide-eyed swine was comfily bound forRead More

Batad Rice Terraces

Posted on April 30, 2008

For an updated information on Batad, check out my updated post:http://www.eazytraveler.net/2012/02/race-across-terrace-batad-rice-terraces.html A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Batad Rice Terraces of Banaue, Ifugao Province is one of the most spectacular landscapes in the Philippines. These secluded amphitheater-like terraces were carved out of the mountains by the Ifugao tribes people hundreds of years ago without the aid of machinery, way before the Spanish colonization of the archipelago. An international backpacker’s destination, Batad Village is located more than 350 km north ofRead More

Banaue Rice Terraces

Posted on April 22, 2008

While Jesus walked the Holy Land and the Great Wall rose from the ground, Ifugao highland tribes were making miracles of their own by carving out a vast network of rice terraces with primitive tools, along the unforgiving slopes of the Cordillera mountain range some 1500 meters above sea level. Rice terraces may be common throughout Asia, but no other can compare to the exquisite grandeur of Banaue’s 2,000 year old stairways. If these terraces were placed end to end,Read More