Of Rice And Men
Hungduan Travel Blog› entry 7 of 12 › view all entries
July 4th, 2009 – by: planisphere
After picking us up, we asked Denwil to go first to Florida Bus. We needed to buy our bus ticket back to Manila on Sunday night. After that, we had breakfast in Las Vegas. I had some toast and hotdog with local coffee. While having breakfast, 2 other fellows joined us for our daytrip to Hungduan with Denwil doing the tour. After few minutes, we were on the road to Hungduan. This town is actually the last stand of the Japanese troop before they surrendered to the allied forces during the WW2 when they occupied the entire archipelago. It was a slightly challenging ride, with few bumps from time to time. We reached Hapao after few minutes, registered to the Tourist Center then off to the Hapao view deck. Hapao (and the neighboring terraces) is one the five clusters included in the list of UNESCO under Banaue Rice Terraces.
Denwil discussed the engineering side of the terraces. They were using one concept that has been very vital to any constructions now. The concept of level hose has been utilized by the people who created the ancient terraces 2,000 years ago. This is one of the reasons why these rice terraces of Ifugao have been declared as one of the engineering feat of the ancient world. This is something that the locals of Ifugao and the whole country are very proud of.
We reached the town proper of Hungduan where we had our lunch there. We asked for chicken adobo, not just our choice but also by Michelle, the Canadian who was with us.
We had a very good time talking with the lady of the house who also cooked the adobo for us. We talked of course of politics and all. She was such a sweetheart. I was started to get reminded of how nice and sweet the people of Banaue are. Then it was time to say goodbye to her and her household. We then went to the spiderweb terraces which are near the Hungduan town proper. The whole mountain was curved to terraces and the end result was a spiderweb looking rice terraces.
As we backtracked to Hapao, the five of us fell asleep. It was Denwil who woke us up and asked for what activities we would wanted to do. We originally planned of going to a hot spring, but since time was running out for our two Canadian companions, we asked Denwil that we wanted only to explore the terraces of Hapao. So, we went down to the village where it was time to harvest the rice. The terraces are golden with rice ready for harvest.
It was a common sight to encounter rice bundled for drying. We passed a stream then came a strong rain. The good thing was we were already near a house whose owner invited us to take shelter there. He was a man on his 50’s. He turned out to be a relative of our guide.
Alas, we completed with our hike back to where our van was waiting for us in one piece. Then it was time to return to Banaue where Michelle and Adam would be catching a night bus back to Manila.
As for us, we had to look for a place to crash for the night. Our guide suggested an ethnic village. Unknown to us, staying at that village would be one of the best adventures of our lives. :)
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