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BANAUE -- Places in the Philippines You Would Want to Go Back to Again and Again (Part 1)

Photo by Juju Paner.

Every Pinoy knows what the Banaue Rice Terraces are. As far as we're concerned, that's the 8th wonder of the world. Actually, there were only seven, and the 8th slot is claimed by more than a hundred sites that range from a family garage to pre-historic landmarks.

But admittedly, it is so hard to beat the beauty and marvel of this man-made site that seems to try to reach the steps of heaven.

So you would take that 9-hour drive from Manila via Nueva Vizcaya. Go on a dizzying zig-zag slalom over mountain roads, and...... the rice terraces right before your eyes! Its a visual feast, especially when the grains are about to be harvested. You take a tricycle to bring you to the viewpoint for that postcard-perfect shot. You take short hikes to the tiny villages and maybe even try out that hanging bridge in the town proper. You may even make sure (and get physically prepared) to visit Batad Village which is a good 11 km away from the town proper, plus an hour or two by hiking.

Well, you could say that you have seen everything what the Ifugao Rice Terraces can offer. But then you realize that what you've seen are just the show windows. You would encounter later on the words, Cambulo, Pola, Hungduan, more trekking, more adventure, more culture.

Have you noticed that smirk on your guide's face when your eyes became blank upon realizing this?

You would probably say, "Before i turn 40 or 50 or 80 years old"



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