Terraces and villages

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the pink bus that would take us home

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.

peek a boo!
  Woodcarving is a big tradition there, but the old Igorot we met there could no longer do it well so he lets the younger ones do it.  I suppose we could give him a break, he is 99 years old!  Though he was in great shape his eyesight has weakened.  Banaue rice terraces and the Hiwang terraces could be viewed from here, too.

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.

Hiwang village
  The second viewpoint was the "main" viewpoint.  We ordered lunch at the Mexicali restaurant and while waiting for the food we entered and shopped in the many little souvenir shops surrounding the viewpoint. 

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.

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the pink bus that would take us ho…
the pink bus that would take us h…
peek a boo!
peek a boo!
Hiwang village
Hiwang village
rice god statues welcoming you
rice god statues welcoming you
an orphanage run by Canadians
an orphanage run by Canadians
under the shade :)
under the shade :)
a giant snake!!! hehe
a giant snake!!! hehe
wooden shield used for battle
wooden shield used for battle
wooden statues inside the hut
wooden statues inside the hut
Hiwang terraces
Hiwang terraces
enjoying the view
enjoying the view
stone carving
stone carving
rice god statues
rice god statues
native hut
native hut
having fun
having fun
Banaue rice terraces
Banaue rice terraces
a gathering area
a gathering area
souvenir shop
souvenir shop
shops at the main viewpoint
shops at the main viewpoint
Banaue rice terraces
Banaue rice terraces
the happiest kid in Banaue :D
the happiest kid in Banaue :D
trail leading to the 240 steps goi…
trail leading to the 240 steps go…
weaving
weaving
grandchildren helping out :)
grandchildren helping out :)
road lined with little shops
road lined with little shops
orange clouds
orange clouds
the day about to end
the day about to end
Banaue
photo by: Jeroenadmiraal