The Terraces of Rice in Banaue
Looking at the rice terraces in Banaue, it feels as if there are stairs leading to the sky because some of the terraces are up to 1,500 meters high, which is about 5,000 feet. It is a fascinating example of human hard work and skill. According to one estimate, if one platform could be cut and connected to another, then half the circle around the world would be completed.
The people of Batad gradually built platforms over a period of two thousand years. Going up in the form of a ladder, the area of the platforms is spread out to some extent. These platforms, which are still cultivable, rise up to 3,000 feet above the valley. It is a masterpiece of hard work and skill. Many consider him the eighth wonder of the world. They are unique in that they are both man-made and related to nature. These cultivable terraces were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995.
One idea is that when these platforms were built, more human hands were used than tools. Their irrigation has, since ancient times, depending on the rainforests above the terraces. If one wants to know about the culture here one should study the people here.
He still wears hats with dyed feathers. Women’s sleeveless blouses resemble a vest with a variety of pearls in addition to embroidery. The lace of the blouse is decorated with colorful impressions. The people and the region together form an influential culture.
To the north of the Philippine city of Manila is a province called Ifugao, famous for its handicrafts. The people here have worked hard over the years to cut down the mountains and build huge platforms for rice cultivation. These terraces are 5,000 feet above sea level. And spread over a mountainous area of ten thousand three hundred and sixty square miles.