BANAUE RICE TERRACES
The Banaue Rice Terraces
Viewing this spectacular panorama of mountain meeting the sky is at once a magical, mystical, and memorable experience for many. They call the terraces a stairway to the skies, and with reason.
From sunrise to sundown, local residents and tourists alike are witness to the visual grandeur of mountains capped with clouds, and the splendor of rice terraces made by skilled artisans, a reminder of the beautiful interaction between nature and man.
The Banaue Rice Terraces in the highland province of Ifugao was declared a World Heritage Site in 1995 because of its unique agricultural engineering system.
More than five hundred years ago, the ingenious Ifugao, using primitive tools, carved a 10,300 square kilometer-long engineering and landscaping marvel, following the graceful contours and ridges of the mountains.
This world-class tourist attraction It has since been a source of life and pride not only for Ifugao but for all Filipinos as well.
But behind the scenario of a glorious landscape lurks the specter of inescapable facts not seen in glossy tourist brochures or tantalizing travelogues.
Landslides, overpopulation, abandoned farmlands, and a dwindling source of manpower -- because not too many are attracted to farming on the terraces these days-- have become threats to the continued existence of the rice terraces.
It is not too late to help.
But the time to act is now.
Come join our farmers, together with hundreds of volunteers, in restoration efforts to save this endangered World Heritage Site. Your participation can make the difference,
Save the Banaue Rice Terraces.
Save a cultural patrimony.
Save a national heritage.