Hapao Rice Terraces: Another World Heritage Site visited!

Posted by on July 27, 2012

Another dream come true. Finally! I got to scratch the Hapao rice Terraces in Hungduan Ifugao off my bucket list. The Hapao Rice Terraces is one of the clusters of terraces in the Ifugao that has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding universal value.

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Our day started early. We had our heavy breakfast at 7AM at the Banaue Hotel where we’re staying. We left the hotel at around 8AM. Travel to the town of Hungduan is approximately an hour and a half to two hours. And when you are in Ifugao the best way to view the landscape and the scenery is to top load, or ride the jeepney on top of the roof.

I really wanted to go topload but because my knees are in pain after the Batad Trek, I decided not to topload for safet reasons.

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One of the things I love about the Hapao Terraces is that is is accessible from the main road. The Hapao Rice terraces is majestically spread in a vast land with a river cutting through it in the middle.

We stopped by the road side for photo ops. Of course! d pwdeng walang pichur pichur! Para saan ang Face book kung walang magandang picture!

From the view point we then proceeded to the Hungduan Town Hall where we were met by the local officials. We had our usual briefing of what Hungduan has to offer, what are they doing to conserve the terraces, and stuffs like that.

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And because of its ingenuity, GIAHS or Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems made mention of how the ancestors of Hungduan was able to make a brilliant irrigation system where the water would pass through from one rice terrace to another, and all these were made by hands more than two thousand years ago.

The citation made by GIAHS is a validation that the rice terraces of Hungduan are of universal importance and significance. Amazing, isn’t it?

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From the municipal hall, we were then scheduled to Hapao elementary School where the PHILTOA officers and members donated some tools, slippers, books, sports equipments and a lot more. It was a Sunday so there were no kids present during the turn over. Sayang. I’m sure the kids there are very happy now of their new equipment and materials.

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But before we arrived at the school, we passed by the rice terraces again to shoot more photos. I am so amazed at what I saw. the Ifugaos were chanting and singing some songs while they were harvesting the tinawon rice.

After the simple turn over ceremonies at the school, we went down to the rice paddies and headed straight to a small restaurant where the Hungduan Mayor is waiting for us for a lunch.

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I can already feel my knees shaking and in pain. Go pa rin ng Go! Our pork adobo lunch is really good! After lunch and brief presentation, we left the village and climbed back to the highway. we had to walk in the rice paddies again and…. climb 212 steps of stairs! kmusta naman ang tuhod ko di ba!

I had to climb really slow. Thank God kaya ko pa rin! hurray! Everytime we have a walk, I just remember “Kung kaya nyo, Kaya ko rin!”

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It was a tiring trip but very very fulfilling. Finally I go to visit the famed Rice Terraces of Hapao in Hungduan Ifugao! Our trip to the Hapao rice Terraces in Hungduan is part of our Ifugao Heritage Warrior Caravan Tour with PHILTOA and some other members of the media.

The Ifugao Heritage Warrior Tour will be offered to the public during the 23rd Philippine Travel Mart. The annual PTM is the longest running travel fair and exhibition in hte Philippines. during the Phil Travel Mart cheap tour packages, hotel room, and cheap plane tickets will be offered. Everything is for domestic or inbound travel. It is during this time where we get to promote the philippine destinations with all the big discounts for various tours.

This year’s PTM is slated August 10-12 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

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  1. Olga says:

    If you like nature, you’ll like Bohol with tarciers (like small monkeys with big big eyes)!!!

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