Monday, December 28, 2009
i can't believe that we were already walking along edges of the rice paddies, the country's greatest man made structure. built thousands of years at a stunning height. i didn't imagine it to be that high.Batad's famous giant amphitheater is even higher than The Colosseum in Rome and even older. our ancestors in this part of the archipelago were building this as a livelihood not knowing they were building a great world wonder."The Ifugao Rice Terraces are the priceless contribution of Philippine ancestors to humanity" as UNESCO states in its website and even considers it a living cultural landscape of unparalleled beauty. this statement made me so proud to be a Filipino.this reflects not just the ingenuity of the Ifugaos but the community that stood to preserve it. though it is now in the list of the world heritage in danger, i believe it will retain through the community's effort and support from the Filipinos.a path was made with some parts paved to protect the paddies and to limit unnecessary routes that leads to some of its delicate areas. there are few cottages along the main path mostly open shelters. a walk along the main walkway gives different views of the terraces. all equally awesome. our awesome Philippines.