the next day though still tired, i decided to go down the small village located at the center of the terracing paddies. i thought it was easy but it seemed that the way down to the falls was as high as going to this village.
determination and the rare chance to see the village upclose gave me enough confidence to push through. i went down following an unclear path as some paths actually led me to houses. passed by several Ifugao house and empty rice paddies.
after almost thirty minutes, i finally reached the last walkway to the village, it was a great experience to see Ifugao houses where people are still residing in it. unlike most of the ones which are displayed in museums.
some were already made of metal roofs and most of the houses used rocks as its tiles. it was quite usual to find baskets and other agricultural materials below their elevated houses.i saw how they started their day and everyone welcomed me with a smile. went around the village saw kids playing around while the elders were busy starting their day working.
i noticed that i didn't brought my watch and cellphone with me and that i have very limited time in this village. so i started asking the locals, yet not one of the people i encountered has a watch. i realized that they base the time of the day on the sun's position.
a cellular phone is as useless as there's no signal in the area. i walked few more steps down the main walkway that led to one of the simplest church i've seen. or might as well call it a chapel. yet i never knew that this chapel can bring as great awe as seeing the big Spanish colonial churches in the country.
a few more shots, left a smile to the people around and started my way back. this village is indeed one of the most beautiful village in the country. simple living, happy people and great view defines an ideal village to me. it was worth the walk down and the almost endless and tiring steps up.