Bangaan, Ducligan, NPA and some Landslides Back to Banaue
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Right after our "brunch" in Banaue, we again hit the road. This time, to see another cluster of rice terraces, the Bangaan Rice Terraces. People living here here used to make jars hence the name of the place (Banga means Jar in the local dialect). I don't think they still make jars there but one thing I am very sure is that the ancestors of Bangaan people has left this generation and future generations of marvelous rice terraces that it's sheer size and beauty just like with Batad, Hapao and other terraces is comparable to any ancient wonders. It is their legacy to all Filipinos that the whole country is proud of, a true Filipino icon.
The trip to Bangaan was not totally new to me since the place is proximal to Batad which I visited twice already; we also passed through the Batad Junction.
So there, after more than an hour of trip from Banaue to Batad, we finally reached the view deck of Bangaan. Again, I was amazed by how the ancestors of this place had tamed the hostile mountains of Cordillera with their basic tools, engineering instincts and artistic touches that resulted to these breathtaking rice terraces.
After we completed the three places that we wanted to see (Hungduan, Hapao and Bangaan), Denwil said that he would be providing us extra free and would make a side trip to the hot spring of Ducligan. Having no idea how far the place is, we said, yeah. We was on vacation and we would say yes to anything anyway, and it was for free. So, there’s no potential harm on that. :)
We droved again for another 30 minutes before we reached a good spot to see the terraces of Ducligan. The scenery was of green mountains of Cordillera with a river splitting the landscape like a snake with rice terraces on each side. It was one of the prettiest places I have ever seen in my whole life.
While doing all these sightseeing, we some how bumped into different types of people like we exchanged hellos and good mornings with an NPA with real big gun.
After the picture taking at the view point of Duclican, we went back to the Village to start our hike of 30 minutes through the village and unto some
The hot spring was well, nothing really special but the whole experience of hiking through the
Then we droved back to Banaue, this time the weather was really bad, I mean really bad. It was raining really hard and the danger of landslide is high in mountains like where we were. Visibility was poor due to non-stop rain and we were zigzagging at very high altitude. It was a scary ride with one interruption when the vehicle in front of us has to clear the landslide in front of them. Looking back it was a fun experience but during the ride, it was not a laughing matter.
Once we reached Banaue, Denwil invited us to his home. There we got to meet his lovely and pretty wife and we watched the DVD of their wedding held in Batad. I always love it when a local invites me to his home…
Then we had dinner in