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Ifugao and Around the Banaue Rice Terraces

Considered as the "Eight Wonder of the World," the Banaue Rice Terraces stretches from the base of the mountain range and up to several thousand feet high. It is believed that its length would encircle half the globe when put end to end. Built 2,000 years ago, it shows the craftsmanship and creativity of the Ifugaos. Streams and springs situated in the mountains were tapped and directed into irrigation ducts running downhill through the rice terraces.

Batad Rice Terraces

These rice terraces are designed like an amphitheater. The rice terraces can be reached riding for 12-kilometers from Banaue Hotel and a trekking for 2-hours through mountain trails.

Bangaan Rice Terraces

Accessible from From Poblacion, Banaue for one hour is The Bangaan Rice Terraces then a 20-minute downhill ride to the village. Mayoyao offers the best view of the rice terraces.

Mayoyao Rice Terraces

Mayoyao is 44 kilometers from Poblacion, Banaue. It showcases a view of the dikes covered with flat stones.

Hapao Rice Terraces

These terraces is accessible 55 kilometers from the capital town of Lagawe. It showcases more view of the rice terraces.

Banaue Imbayah

Held once every four years, the Imbayah is an ethnic sports festival that runs for three days. It is highlighted by an ethnic parade depicting the culture of the Ifugaos. Different barangay delegations compete in the ethnic games whih follow.

Memorial Shrine of the Philippine War

Designed to celebrate the end of the Second World War, the memorial shrine is a pyramid-type structure, resembling an oversized Ifugao house, which depicts the historical events from the Filipino resistance to the Spaniash conquest till the Death March as well as the role of the Ifugao and the American soliders in the fall of General Yamashita. It is accessible within 10 kilometers of the capital town of Lagawe.

Gotad ad Kiangan

It involves a festival characterized by singing, dancing and wine drinking. Held in Kiangan town, it is a part of the prestige rites of the Ifugao.

Gotad ad Hingyon

Celebrated in April by the Ifugao royal class to please their gods, it includes parades showing their heritage, ethno-modern sports and a booth competition which highlights the best of Ifugao crafts.

The Ifugao Epic "Hudhud"

Cited by the UNESCO, the Hudhud showcases the strong matriarchal society of the Ifugaos. It is an epic chanted by the women of Ifugao during harvest, funerals and weddings and lasts for two to three days. Catholicism in Ifugao was a factor in the reduction of the heritage.


The most fascinating tribal groups of the Philippines can be scene in the amazing sceneries of the rugged mountains of Northern Luzon. It runs from Baguio to Ambuklao Dam, then stretches to Sagada and Bontoc which traverses the wilderness of the mountains to the Banaue rice terraces. The historic Besang Pass provides enough challenge to the skills and dedication of mountain bikers.

Caves of Sagada

Although a little ways away from Banaue still a very popular attraction, the famous hanging coffins inthe caves of Sagada in the Cordillera Mountains.


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