Slideshow: The Rice Terraces of the Philippines

08 Aug Slideshow: The Rice Terraces of the Philippines

When I first looked over my itinerary for this trip to the Philippines, I wasn’t happy to read that each day I was going to visit a different rice terrace. In my mind, how different could they be? If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all… Well, I was very wrong and I’m here to tell (and show) you that they’re all very different and each one is more beautiful than the next!

Eleven hour drive North of Manilla, you will discover the history and beauty of these extensive rice terraces!

  • While exploring the cool mountain streams of the Ibulao river, located deep in the valley of the Hapao Rice Terraces, it’s hard to watch your step and capture all the colors and lushness of this beautiful area.
    But as you make your way around the various narrow walk ways, you’ll need to concentrate to ensure you don’t take an unscheduled dip in the rushing water.

  • Rice is the most important crop and a staple for most in the Philippines. The terraces are constantly feed by an ancient irrigation system from the rainforest above and is traditionally farmed by hand with very modest tools as it has been for thousands of years.

  • Row after row after row, they go up and up, these 2000-year old rice terraces that are thought to be built with very little equipment and mostly by hand.
    The Ifugao Rice Terraces were named as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1995.

  • This was the view from my balcony at the Banaue Hotel. When the sun started to rise on my first day, I was blown away by the colors and beauty of this multi-level environment. Exploring this area of the Philippines was an incredible experience and I’m surprised that more people don’t travel to this part of Southeast Asia.

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JD Andrews
Every picture tells a story but not every story has a picture, that’s why I’m here. Travel is the passion; creating inspiring and evocative videos and photographs is my profession. Social media is the way I connect with the world and share both of these. A video producer for more than twenty years now, exploring the globe (86 countries across all 7 continents), capturing, shooting and editing travel/tourism videos for various companies, cruise lines, airlines, DMO’s and tourist boards. I’ve been honored with numerous international and local awards, including three Emmys. I’m a self-proclaimed ‘geek’ or ’early adopter, becoming involved in Social media back in 2007. A few years later becoming one of the most influential travel people on Twitter and winning the Shorty award (The Oscars of twitter) for travel in 2011. Featured on various travel websites including: National Geographic Traveler, BBC Travel, The Huffington Post, AOL travel, AFAR and Gadling.
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