Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras: Understanding the Complexity One Step at a Time


It was only last year (I hate to admit this!) that I finally came face to face with the Philippines’ world-renowned rice terraces. I can only think of few places I have been so far that are as picturesque and awe-inspiring as the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras – they breathe the history of the Ifugao. The incredible mixture of purely man-made terraces, the mountains, the muyongs, traditional hamlets, and other visible cultural artefacts in the region certainly does not disappoint.

Ticking off this world heritage site can be very tricky. There are a lot of rice terraces in the Ifugao province. Though all are declared National Cultural Treasures under the all-encompassing title of Ifugao Rice Terraces, there are only five specific clusters that are inscribed as World Heritage Sites in 1995. These are the Batad, Bangaan, Mayoyao, Nagacadan, and Hungduan. These select rice terraces were able to pass…

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About theberntraveler

Speaks fluently the languages of traveling, culture, and history. Enjoys looking at forgotten architecture, spaces and relics, and getting to know the people of the world. Occasionally delivers talks about heritage sites and tourism, and never ceases to love food and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Holds two degrees from UP Diliman that are totally unrelated to those mentioned above.
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