Banaue is widely known as the location of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely: the Batad Rice Terraces and the Bangaan Rice Terraces.
The spectacular Rice Terraces were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by the ancestors of the indigenous people.
Banaue is a fourth class municipality in the province of Ifugao. It is widely known as the location of the UNESCO World Heritage Sitesnamely: the Batad Rice Terraces and the Bangaan Rice Terraces
Built over two thousand years ago with primitive tools by the ancient Ifugaos, the Banaue Rice Terraces are a unique Philippine treasure.
The Banaue Rice Terraces or what is commonly known in the Philippines as the Hagdan-Hagdang Palayan is a 2,000 year old terraces carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by the ancestors of the indigents in the area.
It is commonly referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. The terraces are commonly mistaken as man-made and were done with the use of minimal equipment, however, it is actually, lrgely made by hand. It is fed by an ancient irrigation system from the rainforests above the terraces. According to many locals, if the steps were to be put end to end, it would encircle half the globe.
Until this day, locals still plant rice and vegetables in the terraces
The Hapao Rice Terraces is a stone walled man-made creation that stretches far and wide and dates back to 650 A. D. It is one of the five rice terraces in Ifugao that has been included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It is located at the municipality og Hungduan in Ifugao and is an awesome destination for trekking. After exploring, one may rest at huts and accommodation facilities in the municipality. You may also try the hot spring that is found in the area!
The hanging Sagada Cliff Coffins are wonderful picturesque sceneries that are extremely breath taking than any horror fiction story or haunted place there is. Within the dimly lit corners of the Lumiang Burial Cave lay a stack of coffins which holds the remains of some of the Igorot ancestors of the locals of Ifugao. A number of coffins are placed in the highest corners of the cave walls. These coffins are suspended from the limestone cliffs by ropes and strong wires which, surprisingly, until today can support the weight of the coffin and the environmental factors that may affect the durability of the hanging materials.
According to tour guides, the position of a coffin signifies how much their loved ones cared for the deceased – the higher the coffin, the more valued the deceased was.
The coffins were made from hollowed-out logs that are smaller than the actual size of the dead. The body of the deceased would be in “fetal-position” which is believed by ancient Igorots as the best and preferred technique to bring peace to the soul of their ancestor.