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.