Terraces and villages
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For breakfast we ate at the Stairway Lodge's restaurant. They had quite a good selection in their menu. On the way to Hiwang village, we dropped by the Florida bus station to buy our bus tickets. We had to buy our tickets early because there was no way we could miss the bus to Manila tonight. Fortunately we got some of the last slots for the 8pm trip.
In Hiwang village, there were different types of native huts, and many rice god statues. If you look closely at the huts, you'll notice that they didn't use any nails! And by the way, these huts are for rent, too. This way you can really feel how the native Igorots lived in the past. There were also many antiques, like statues, bowls, pots, shields and spears, and even some paintings.
From Hiwang village we went to 2 viewpoints for the Banaue rice terraces. For more than 2,000 years these terraces have sustained the Ifugao people. The first one we went to was small, but what I liked about it was that it had stones that were formed in a circle, with one stone different from the rest because it had a small back rest. Apparently it was a gathering place for the tribe/village, and the odd stone was the leader's place.
Next stop was the Tam-an village, which was 240 steps fown the Banaue Hotel. Unfortunately, there are not many native houses here anymore, so we decided not to go all the way down. But we did stop to watch a lady who had just started to weave, with all her grandchildren helping her out :)
Our last activity for the day was to shop for souvenirs and pasalubongs. The road where the lodge was located was lined with shops (yahoo!). We entered almost every shop to compare products and prices, then bought what we liked. After we finished our shopping we had our dinner at the lodge's restaurant, then left for the Florida bus station for our 8pm trip back Manila.