The Municipality of Mayoyao rose to global fame when its rice terraces were declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Mayoyao Rice Terraces, along with the other four clusters found in Banaue, Hungduan and Kiangan, was inscribed in the World Heritage List during the 19th Session of the World Heritage Committee in Berlin, Germany from December 4 to 9, 1995. The Committee reached the decision based on the joint evaluation by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The decision mentioned that “the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras are outstanding examples of livingRead More →

Location: Mapawoy, Mayoyao, Ifugao Types: Slide horsetail, Cascade, Segmented The last leg of my eight-hour Mayoyao Trip was a trek to Tenogtog Falls. The eight-hour day tour seemed longer than that. My Ifugao guide Jerome had ironically showed signs of fatigue due to seemingly never-ending walks. At past 3PM, we had a late lunch at Aeron’s at the town proper. Being re-energized, we headed west. Two and a half kilometers away from the town proper is a small road going to the northwestern barangays of Mayoyao. After a short ascent, the path along a gorge turned narrower. In about 25 minutes of moderately-paced walk, weRead More →

Location: Chumang, Mayoyao, Ifugao Types: Fan horsetail, Slide horsetail, Tiered Before I embarked on this 11-day road trip, Manhencha Falls was not high in my list as I could not Google any photo or blog about this falls. As soon as I talked to the acting tourism officer of Mayoyao, Ifugao, however, it dawned on me that all the destinations I listed can be reached in just one day! All I needed was to start early. I woke up early the following day. At the balcony, I sipped an instant coffee while marveling at my breathtaking view being engulfed by the morning light. By 6AMRead More →

Located on the northwestern edge of the province, Hungduan has one of the five clusters of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras. The rice terraces were declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites during the 19th Session of the World Heritage Committee in Berlin, Germany from December 4 to 9, 1995. Adapting to the new environment they settled at, the earliest ancestors of the Ifugaos had for centuries painstakingly carved the mountains of the Cordilleras to create a wonderful stairway to the heavens where they plant their food for subsistence. In Hungduan, the two most scenic and majestic rice terraces are located in Hapao andRead More →

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