Monday, December 28, 2009

batad rice terraces

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.

38 comments:

princess_dyanie said...

grabeee ganda talaga! dream ko magpa picture diyan sa rice terraces! pero gudlak sakin sa lakaran haha!

clap clap clap sa mga Ifugaos! :)

JM said...

Congratulations on the rice terrace shots, they are simply amazing!

Photo Cache said...

Incredible photos Dong.

Happy New Year. More travelling to come.

luna miranda said...

totoo nga, when you see the beauty of Batad and think about its history, proud Pinoy ka talaga.:p

spectacular shots, dom!

carlotta1924 said...

really awesome shots! gusto ko makabalik diyan.

Chyng said...

Stunning ang Awesome nga! Breath taking kahit sa photos palang..

gillboard said...

i think kelangan ko nang magjourney up north. ganda!!!

this is the most beautiful i've seen our rice terraces...

sheng said...

The Philippines is really rich with beautiful places and you can always see the ingenuity of the Pinoys with the works they share to man. Perfect shots. I want my feet to get there!

Borneo Falcon said...

We have a few rice terraces in my country but not at this scale. Awesome!

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Whatever time of the year, the view of Batad never fails to amaze me. I just hope for a consistent maintenance of the terraces.

docgelo said...

wonderful photos!
the view is simply breathtaking!
i wish the natives, tourists especially the authorities can all preserve the rice terraces. i think it's all worth the trip.

Anonymous said...

grabe sobrang ganda....Sigurado pang hindi mabaha.
Dami ko na nang nakitang picture ng rice terraces pero pictures mo ang pinakamaganda kasi malapitan at nagfocus ka rin sa mga bahay nila at sa mga pilapil. Bahay nila nakita ko na rin at last. Curious kasi ako noon kung saan nakatira ang mga farmers at kung sa baba pa ng bundok eh ang hirap nun..
Thanks..galing mo talaga Dong Happy Happy New Year!!

nanaybelen said...

ano ba yan.. bakit naging anonymous ang napindot ko. Ako yan Dong. nalilito na ako heheheh

Eds said...

ang ganda ng place! hay, kelan kaya ako makakapunta jan. parang ang sarap magmuni-muni sa ganyang lugar.

Pietro said...

Beautiful shots. So attractive landscapes.
Happy New Year!

BlogusVox said...

Sad to say donG, I read somewhere that it seems the new generation of our Ifugao brothers and sisters doesn't want their ancestors way of living. Time will come no one would be left to maintain that precious landmark.

Happy New Year!!

witsandnuts said...

Ang gandaaaaa! Kelan kaya ako makakapunta dyan? =) Kelangan before ako magkaron ng rayuma eh makabisita na ako dyan. Haha. Happy New Year!

aquamarine said...

oooowoooowww!how i wish i can visit all the places featured in you blogspot..i really have to put Philippines above any other countries id like to explore..it is so rich!
Happy New Year to all bloggers!

Reena said...

aww, ang ganda. kala ko madali lng maghike sa terraces kasi para lng syang hagdan. pero ang hirap pala.hahaha. kelangan tlga may hahawak ng kamay eh. lol.

wala na bang contest? im ready na. hahaha.

nuts said...

wow, promise ko talaga next year, kelangan mapuntahan ko na siya!!!

ALiNe said...

Uy .. andanda.. sana makatapak naman ako dyan

I am Xprosaic said...

UU nga maganda pero mas gaganda siguro kapag puro na green ang mga tanim... jijijijijiji

Happy new year! jijijiji

Eki said...

What breathtaking views of the paddy terraces! We have those but have never seen ones that steep and high.

BTW, Dong, my city Bandung is in Indonesia not Malaysia, which is our neighboring country.

Shionge said...

Lovely landscapes there ;D

Happy New Year :D

chubskulit said...

Well kept pa din pala ang rice terraces noh...

Happy new year dong!

lagal[og] said...

ei Dom, wishing you a more blessings- and travel-filled 2010 :D

Cza said...

Hay.. I love love love my homeland. And I'm extra proud that I'm from the highlands myself. :D Igorots unite! ;D Ang ganda ganda ganda tlaga! lalo na pag super greeeeen lahat! :D We go there annually. :D

Leoj said...

happy new year dong.

pero bago ang celebration ng new year, tandaan natin na rizal day ngayon! let's awaken the spirit of nationalism! :)

Bengbeng said...

Wishing you a happy new year Dong Ho

cyndirellaz said...

it's truly a wonder! ang ganda! wish i cud go there too pero pagpla planuhan natin yan, hehehe!

PUSANG-kalye said...

New Year's Day is every man's birthday. Happy New Year Everyone.....

Hilda said...

Isn't it amazing that what was a necessity in the past has become a wonder today? Makes me think humanity has become tremendously lazy.

Fantastic photos of the rice terraces, Dom! Galing!

Wishing you a new year that is everything you want it to be.

Redlan said...

Ito ang pinakamagandang rice terraces photo na nakita ko for 2009. Looking forward to see more beautiful photos here next year. Keep it up! Teka, hindi ba nakakalito tumawid sa maliit na daanan?

dyosa said...

Amazing amazing photos! Thanks for letting us see the beauty of the Rice Terraces through your photographs.

Cheers to more travels, friendships & great times this 2010! Ingat always! :D

Ferdz said...

Di ata ako magsasawa makita yang terraces! Happy new Dom! Stay enthusiastic as ever and more travels in 2010 :D

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Krizzia said...

Kung makapunta man ako jan, sana ganyan pa rin sya kaganda hehe.

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