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Bontoc | Return to Mt Kofafey and Maligcong Rice Terraces in Shifting Greens

I remember spending my first sunrise of the year 2014 on top of Mt Kofafey. Basking in the view of a sea of clouds unraveling before my eyes to reveal the Maligcong Rice Terraces below was just a magical moment that opened up the year. I knew someday I promise to be back. A few months later I kept my promise. This time I brought along my friends with me see this destination in Cordilleras I have been raving about. And also to see the Maligcong Rice Terraces in its evergreen state.

Getting up close to the rice terraces of Maligcong
Getting up close to the rice terraces of Maligcong

Afternoon at Fang-orao

The mid-day rest after the climb at Mt Kofafey got us enough energy back to push for a few more treks around the terraces in the afternoon. I was accompanied by Norbs and Ogs to Fang-orao to see the village and observe some of the harvesters. We chanced upon a couple lady farmers who also invited us to try harvesting. I was just impressed on how resourceful they were in thinking of attaching a small blade between a couple of fingers to easily pick-out the stalk with the rice grains.

We proceeded further up, past the school and chanced upon a guy with his dog who introduced himself as a Batangueño who is now living here. He was gonna check on his rice paddies on the other side to see if they are ready for harvest a week after. He also guided us to a higher vantage point to a much better view of Favuyen. The golden brown and lively green inter-verse to a beautiful random pattern in the fields.

Our view while having breakfast
Our view while having breakfast

Breakfast with a View

Kunig was not his usual self. Sulking silently on the floor, as if ignoring us. Could he sense we were leaving? I would have stayed longer if I could especially with the view of a low cloud over the the rice terraces joining us for breakfast as a farewell treat. How long will Maligcong Rice Terraces be as special as this? Quiet, little to no tourist crowds and serene atmosphere. I wouldn’t know but for sure I would be back again, probably on a different season.

Our Batangueño friend inspecting their part of the rice fields
Our Batangueño friend inspecting their part of the rice fields
Busy in harvest
Busy in harvest
Impressed on how the locals can keep their balance with all those weight
Impressed on how the locals can keep their balance with all those weight
One of the ladies inviting us to try to harvest
One of the ladies inviting us to try to harvest
Getting resourceful with that blade in their hand
Getting resourceful with that blade in their hand
Passing through the terraces
Passing through the terraces

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