Batad Rice Terraces : Banaue Philippines


We went to Batad and that was a very interesting place to visit.

We visited the famous rice terraces, the famous landmark that is shown printed out in every 1000 peso bill. There we saw how farmers without the help of modern machines, turn the newly harvested crops into little rice grains that they can then sell to the market. We realized then the hard labour that comes with every single grain of rice that we eat, you, therefore, will tell yourself not to waste one piece of it. And also we notice that, people (middle age and senior citizen) in that place like to chew “nganga”, but I haven’t tried to chew one myself what we tried though is their popular “rice wine” (they called it ‘tapoi’) and it tastes good.








We took the jeepney to be able to reach the place that we were going to stay. However we were asked to ride not inside the vehicle but on top of the whole thing itself, you may think it’s a bit risky to do that, but it is done by most tourists so that one will be able to see the beautiful surroundings. It was a bit scary and we were thankful that we did survive to reach the destination, It actually is not the place that we were going to stay, it’s the place where we need to start walking/trekking to then go to the house that were going to stay. It took us almost 2 hours to reach the place. When we arrived, we decided to take our lunch, we ordered ‘tinolang manok’ and the other is ‘sinigang na manok’. And we never forget to buy coke, to refresh our thirst. The price is expensive, maybe because it's pretty hard for them to get all the supplies since it comes from “Bayan” which is how the city proper is called, all the hassle of going there would include walking back 2 hours to where the main road is and then again wait for some more time for a jeepney or a public vehicle to then get you to where the supplies are. That day, after we ate, it started to rain and all of us agreed to not go to the Falls anymore because it would no longer be safe according to our tour guide. What we did was visit one of the old farmers who we saw working in the rice fields. He was kind enough to teach us about a thing or two when it comes to farming, or getting grains of rice out of the crops manually without the help of any machinery. We even had a few history lessons from the old farmer about the local area. The old man speaks English also and he is a very happy man. He likes to sing with us and dance, and some of our group mates have chance to take some photos with him, actually picture taking is one of the reasons why we went to the place courtesy of our good friend photographer. At night, we decided to play cards – who ever lose she/he will drink tapoi and decided to call it a fight.















 
Morning came, it was time for us to go to Tappiya Waterfalls, we need to walk/trek again for almost 2 hours to reach Tappiya Waterfalls. We all felt very excited to see Tappiya Waterfalls, so no time to be tired. Halfway through our trek, we decided to have our breakfast. Then after 10 minutes of rest we started again to walk/trek. It was well worth all the hardships that we went thru because when we saw Tappiya Waterfalls, we only had one word to say, “WOW” It was breathtaking. We took a dip and swam the cold waters, took some photos together with the two foreigners that we met and also just take in the beauty of the whole place before starting our journey back to the house. We surely did not have one dull moment because all throughout we were always posing for pictures and having our tour guide capture it for us.




































Back in the house, we then had our lunch, and got ready for our trip back to the “Bayan”. We got ready early as it is going to be a long walk again and we need to still try to do a bit more of sightseeing. We had our dinner and then proceeded to buy our “pasalubong” At around 6 pm we reached the bus station, it’s gonna be a pretty long travel, since it takes 9-10 hours to get back to Manila, still we welcomed the long hours on the bus as we were all ready to take some much-needed rest.




This trip is to be remembered and also I have time to meet new people that belong to that trip, courtesy of our good planner and photographer Mr. Gello. – good job sir and thanks for arranging this kind of trip.

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30 comments:

  1. Philippines is a place full of beautiful of places!

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    1. that's true, we should explore all our beautiful places! Pinoy Travel! :)

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  2. I agree. :)

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  3. want to go back here! :)

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  4. i've never been to batad... sana soon! :)

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  5. The views are mesmerizing! Makes me want to go there <3

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    1. when is your plan to visit Batad?

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  6. Cool! You guys are having lots of fun. This is on my list of places to visit. Thanks for sharing!

    Kim
    www.kimkaylan.com

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    1. let me know your experience once you visited this place.

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  7. Now that's an experience I'd like to emulate! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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    1. thanks also! hope you have time to visit this place, i'm sure you will love it.

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  8. Ang ganda! I wanna go there! :)

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  9. Nice pics. I will include this in my travel list :)

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    The Promdi Boy Adventures
    http://thepromdiboyadventures.blogspot.com

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    1. yes, you should include Batad in your next travel and you will love it

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    1. I agree, this place is a must visit.

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  11. Astonishing photos! It still preserve its beauty. Hope I can visit Ifugao.


    Ashley xx
    Dreamland: Fashion, Food, Travel Blog
    Lauren Parohinog FB Page

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    1. going to Batad is not expensive and cheaper it you are a group.

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  12. I've been to Mt. Province before and seeing the Banawe Rice Terraces made me more feel amaze on what human can do. By the way, the wonder was featured in the final episode of The Cosmos.

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    1. that's good. thanks for letting me know and happy that you have been to one of the beautiful place in our country.

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  13. I've been to Batad and it's beautiful! Though driving there, you need a really good driver. :)

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    1. extreme experienced if you do top loading! :)

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  14. First time to heard about this place and seeing your pictures are living proof that Philippines is really a very beautiful country! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Hopefully you can also visit this place someday! :)

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  15. Ifugao province is one of the great places to visit that has reach culture and relaxing surrounding. It's like a place to go to when you're all caught up with life in the city. Thanks for the virtual tour. Such a wonderful place.

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  16. Great photos! I would love to appreciate the beauty of Batad soon :) Thanks for sharing ^^

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    1. hopefully this experience in my blog, I can see in your next post with your own experience. :)

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