In these parts, we've yet to find sights that can rival the legendary Banaue Rice Terraces. Amazingly this Eighth Wonder of the World has been functioning as rice paddy terraces for the Igorot tribes living in the rugged North. These steps were carved out of mountains in prehistoric times using sheer brawn. With their fierce culture, even now the Igorots tend to the terraces and perform ancient rituals linked to the cosmic force that inspired their farming ancestors to build this sustainable technology—a truly original feat of engineering. The climate is cold owing to high altitude, and walking into the mist is almost like hearing breathy whispers from beyond. People are always coming to trek its cool trails. Maybe to fathom this 2,000-year old enigma. Or perhaps to meditate on the ancient belief that in trekking these stairways to heaven, they live out their own legend.
MOUNTAIN PROVINCE for NATURE LOVERS
Besides Banaue, Mt. Province, rice terraces which have been honored by the Unesco World Heritage List are the Batad Rice Terraces, Mayoyao Rice Terraces, Hapao Rice Terraces and Kiangan Rice Terraces. The terraces are a lush green color in April and May. The gateway to the Mt. Province is Baguio City known for its pine trees and beautiful flowers. Beyond Banaue, there is a special place called Sagada, known for its coffee, mist-covered surroundings and the mystical hanging coffins.
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