Monday, July 28, 2008

rice terraces of labueg

is it possible to visit and see rice terraces for just a short trip from Baguio?yes, it is possible if you visit the town of Labueg in the municipality of Kapangan. roughly two-hour bus or jeepney trip from Baguio. drop off point is the town of Lomon then hike to get a view of Labueg's rice terraces. i grew up seeing the rice terraces in post cards and read books about its wonders. i consider the Cordillera region to be among the most beautiful regions in the Philippines. this region has six provinces composed of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Province. all of which displays its own beautiful mountain range and rice terraces.from the drop off point of Lomon, where Kapangan's municipal hall is situated, you can take a tricycle ride going to Labueg's church, school and main school. but we chose to hike as we get to see the terraces up close.the hike was just about 25minutes. you can see very few houses along the way but the rice terraces can already be seen from the unpaved road.
on one side, you'll see the houses in Upper Tomay from afar. this part of Kapangan is facing La Trinidad's Halsema highway area. the terraces are not always composed of rice patties, some of the layers can also be used to grow vegetables.
when we reached the town of Labueg, we were welcomed by the town people even though they did not expect that someone will visit them on that day. thanks to Fr. Elpidio Silog as he hosted our lunch. Labueg is a small town on top of a hill with the church and the school situated in one main flat area. people here are used to walking long distance as we noticed that the residential houses are really far from the town's center and are also far from one house to the other.you can roam around the area as they said that their town is safe even for visitors like us. so we had the chance to actually walk along rice paddies.very few people knows about Kapangan, making this a great choice to feature for byaheng noypi. Kapangan offers many other sights but we didn't have enough time since we were there for just a day trip. among the other tourist spots here are the rice terraces of Obellan, Mt. Santa Claus and Amburayan river. but the way i see it, Kapangan still offers more undiscovered spots. the rice terraces here, might not be as beautiful as the Banaue rice terraces but knowing that this is just two hours away from Baguio, it gives you the chance to easily make it a side trip when you visit Baguio city.

35 comments:

Carver said...

Beautiful shots. That looks like a very interesting place to see.

EM said...

Probinsyang probinsya ang dating. i can remember the summers i spent with my grandparents in Bicol when i was a child. All lush green around and rice patties and old churches.

I'm waiting for the time you'll get lost in bicol. But in the meantime... i enjoy seeing places i have not been to.

thanks for sharing DonG!

> Vanny < said...

kuya donG!

namiss ko d2 sa blog mo..

busy kc sa work kaya di nakabisita..

Luke Wiley said...

The rice terraces have a beautiful location!

the donG said...

>hi carver, thanks. you can read more about the rice terraces of the philippines in wikipedia.

>hi em, wow! i've been to bicol once. we stayed in naga for a night and also slept at legaspi once. looking at mayon volcano, it tells me to hike to the peak. sadly, it was the time when smokes were coming out from it.

i think it's really interesting to get lost in bicol. you gave me an idea.

>hi vanny, no problem. thanks for finding time to visit dongism now when you have enough time.

>luke, thanks!

Tink *~*~* said...

They are both amazing and beautiful. When I think about the labor involved, it overwhelms me.

Tink *~*~*

SandyCarlson said...

Those terraces are beautiful. What an amazing world you share with us. Thank you.

Photo Cache said...

ganda ganda naman, kakarelax ang dating. swerte mo.

rayts said...

i really like how you "search and discover' places. GALUGAD. tipong sisipatin ang kaibuturan ng isang lugar, mga lugar na hindi gaanong tinitingnan. minsan tuloy facevalue lang ang alam natin sa kanila. gaya ng latest SONA ni GMA, hehe. puro facevalue. walang self-referential. anyway i am digressing na. but really, you have knack for great documentation of the places you go to. keep it up!

the donG said...

>tink, it is really overwhelming to see the terraces. you can also imagine how they maintain it during typhoons.

>hi sandy, thanks!

>photo cache, salamat. pwede ka talagang umupo sa isang lugar at magpahinga kahit buong araw.

>hi rayts, maraming salamat. kakamiss na nga ng mga magaganda mong kuha.

JR said...

wow luv ko ang Pinas!

The Islander said...

di ganun ka-camera friendly ang terraces pero ayos pa rin. basta greeny presko pa rin sa mata. i can imagine fresh air.

Abou said...

ansarap mag pulot gata dyan he he

alicesg said...

Beautiful photos of the rice terraces. They created a kind of patterns and the greenery is very pleasant to the eyes. I love the jeeps. When I last visited Baguio, I took some photos with the jeeps that were beautiful decorated and I remembered seeing many horses on the top of the jeep. Is there a reason why the horses are there? I think the local tour guide lied to me that the number of horses represented the number of wives the driver had..lol.

Lawstude said...

Dom, the rice terraces there has its own charm and your right, it is a quick fix if you want to see baguio or benguet in a different light. Galing.

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

labueg?,hmmmm!..dito palang sa blog mo,enjoy nako,parang libre nako ng pamasahe ah,,ang mabuti pa abangan ko nalang yung iba pa..he he he...

the donG said...

>jr, ganda talaga ng pinas kaya sana bago kayo mamasyal sa ibang bansa ay at least makapag ikot din muna sa bansa natin.

>islander, fresh air talaga. buti na lang may cordillera tayo.

>abou, hehehe...

>hi alicesg, thanks! i also dont know the purpose of the horses infront of the jeepney. i think it simply represents power in driving. i agree, baguio's jeepneys are bigger and more colorful.

>lawstude, ganun na nga. kaya ok din talaga makadaan sa labueg dahil malapit lang. sabi nila mas maganda pa daw ang obellan rice terraces dito din sa kapangan.

>ever, hehehe... astig ka talaga. dapat pala siningil na rin kita. hehehe... salamat sa pagbisita lagi.

Joshua said...

i wanna see rice terraces personally! hehehe:) cool!

redlan said...

ganda talaga. cool sa mata.

bakit tinawag yun na mt santa claus?

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Rio said...

wow!!!... kung dati ay sa poster ko lang din nakikita ang mga ito..ngayon ay sa blog na!! hehehe..
i wish i could go here someday...

mt.santa claus?? bago yun sa akin ah!!.

the donG said...

>joshua, makikita mo rin yan kasi lapit lang sa baguio.

>redlan, yung shape daw nun ay parang mukha ni santa claus. hehehe...

>selerines, thanks!

>hi doc rio, sana makita mo ito ng personal kasi iba pa rin talaga pag nandun ka.

mt santa claus nga. dahil hugis ng mukha ni santa claus daw yon. hehehe...

Allan Barredo said...

I'll definitely try this. We are planning to visit Baguio soon. thanks for the tips Dom.

eastcoastlife said...

Wow! Too beautiful. I would love to see a rice terrace one day.

Stanley said...

Really beautiful pictures =) Here in Malaysia we do the same thing but we plant tea leaves! The view, just like your pictures stunning.

Share my point of view... said...

Your blog is truly interesting and I had a whale of a time going through your entries. I love to be able to get closer with nature after spending too much time in a modernised world but either way, it's nigh impossible to find anything close to nature in the developing state of Malacca. =) Keep up the great work. I look towards your next entry!
The rice terraces are breathtaking and I'd love to one day be able to go there in person.

Josh of Arabia said...

i mistaken it for banaue rice terraces, i even thot', RT only existed in there..

its good u brought this one, our natural wonders are truly in-abundance. txs for capturing/unveiling the unseen for us..

:D

dave said...

dreams will in one or another become possible... and going to that area is really one of my biggest dreams...=D

the donG said...

>allan, kakatuwa naman at na timing sa plano nyo. sabihin mo lang kung may mga tanong ka papunta doon.

>hi eastcoastlife, you'll definitely see one if you decide to visit the philippines. i hope you will visit the philippines again.

>stanley, thanks! that's interesting to know. south east asia are really haven for the terraces.

>share, thank you very much! im glad that you find my blog interesting. i'll definitely check some sights as well from your blog (i hope you'll post more of it in the future). i hope that you'll be able to visit the philippines soon.

>josh, truly abundant of such great wonders. my pleasure to share the beauty of our country to many.

>dave, im sure in time you'll get to see these terraces. you can only describe it when you're really there.

lagal[og] said...

i'll take our rice terraces -- from the cordilleras down to those in biliran any day. gaganda ng mga shots dom :-)

tutubi said...

off-the-beaten-track yan...gusto ko! :P

Pietro said...

Wonderful views. This terraces are very nice. I like also the green of these beautiful places.

the donG said...

>oggie, salamat! dami nga talagang rice terraces sa pilipinas. kaya dami rin talagang pwedeng puntahan.

>tutubi, off the beaten track talaga. ganitong mga lakad din akong enjoy na enjoy.

>pietro, thank you very much.

Rochelle said...

Wow.... these are some great pictures!! I would love to go to these places myself!! The first time I saw rice fields I was so surprised. For some reason it just seems like it wouldn't be grown like that!! lol!

rey said...

hello Dong,

Im glad you visited my place a year ago. I've just seen the pictures you posted and i wanna go home tommorow or ASAP. I work here in Baguio as a call center agent for 2 years now.

thank you so much!
rey

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