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A top view of a farmer planting her ricefields at the Banaue Rice Terraces. Her ricefield is actually just a small portion of the rice terraces, especially when seen from afar. To understand how huge the rice terraces is, I included 2 landscape photos at the Workshop.

Banaue's mountainous rice terraces is one of mankind's grandest scaled engineering feat. The Ifugao tribespeople who created and farmed the rice terraces to supply their staple crop of rice have in doing so left behind an architectural masterpiece. The fact that they were constructed over a 2000 yearspan using only primitive tools and bare hands makes the terraces even more astounding. If the terraces were laid end to end, they would stretch half way around the world.

Banaue is one of the most visited places in the Philippines. Aside from the rice terraces, other notable places to visit are the remote villages, where many people still live in native huts. The village women also weave colorful clothes, while the men are expert woodcarvers. Numerous waterfalls can also be reached by trekking high into the mountains.

Banaue is an adventure. If you really want to get to know the Philippines better - the people, the culture, the traditions, the history - then Banaue is one the recommended places to go to.

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Additional Photos by Alford Ronduen (alford) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 762 W: 42 N: 994] (4001)
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