If there is one thing in the Philippines I could say I am proud of, that would be the Rice Terraces in the Ifugao Mountains. This marvel of an architectural and cultural landscape was built by our ancestors more than 2000 years ago. Other countries have terraces as well but none can compare to the height, steepness and intricacy. Even the steps of these terraces when combined end-to-end can encircle half the globe. Truly a deserving site to be included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Lists.
Let me say this first, that this trip to Batad is already my 4th time and that says something. It’s one of those places that I don’t regret going back to. It’s both good and bad on my part. The good is, I get to see how the place have changed since the first time I went there and second is seeing how bad things may have changed since then. It’s my fourth time there but it’s going to be the first time I’ll be writing about here in length along with Banaue.
Looking back at Cambulo behind us [E500]
This would be my last post for the Cambulo/Batad series. I’d just like to share the beautiful scenery between the 2 villages in Ifugao. Despite the continues rains, the terraces never fail to mesmerize. In fact, the added mist and fog added to the drama of the scenery, making it more enigmatic to the eyes.
A village amidst the terraces
I didn’t manage to go around the village that much since we only have a limited time. But I did manage to take a peek into their daily life. Let’s take a look.
Entering the village of Cambulo
It was already mid-afternoon when we we reached the riverside village of Cambulo. We saw the dominant yellow complex of the village which is the school. We were welcomed by the local children of the village who seemed excited upon our arrival.
Well it’s been one hectic week. After my second trip to Batad in Benguet, I just realized that there’s a whole bunch of project ahead of me. I guess I’ll be spending a lot of my time at home finishing them.
Well I need the money anyways, and I’m in a saving mood. I’m aiming to get that new Siemens M65 outdoor phone to replace my more than 2 years old Siemens C45.
Well gotta go and rest now. Need all the energy I could get.