Banaue Rice Terraces World Heritage Site

Rice terraces in the Cordillera region, Philippines

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The Banaue Rice Terraces of Ifugao, Philippines
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LocationIfugao, Philippines
Coordinates16°54′N 121°3′E / 16.900°N 121.050°E / 16.900; 121.050Coordinates: 16°54′N 121°3′E / 16.900°N 121.050°E / 16.900; 121.050

The Banaue Rice Terraces (Filipino: Hagdan-hagdang Palayan ng Banawe) are terraces that were carved into the mountains of Banaue, Ifugao, in the Philippines, by the ancestors of the indigenous people. The terraces are occasionally called the "Eighth Wonder of the World".[1][2][3] It is commonly thought that the terraces were built with minimal equipment, largely by hand.[4] The terraces are located approximately 1,500 metres (4,900 feet) above sea level. These are fed by an ancient irrigation system from the rainforests above the terraces. It is said that if the steps were put end to end, it would encircle half of the globe.[5]

Locals up to this day still plant rice and vegetables on the terraces, although more and more younger Ifugaos do not find farming appealing,[6] often opting for the more lucrative hospitality industry generated by the terraces.[7] The result is the gradual erosion of the characteristic "steps", which require constant reconstruction and care. In 2010, a further problem encountered was drought, with the terraces drying up completely in March of that year.[8]

Anthropologist Otley Beyer has estimated that the terraces are over 2000 years old, but several researchers dispute this and contend that they were built much later.[9][10] There are also giant earthworms ("olang" in Ifugao) of the genus Pheretima or Polypheretima elongata which are blamed for causing damage to the terraces,[11] as well as rodents of the genus Chrotomis mindorensis, and snails.[12]

  1. ^‘The Best’ of the Philippines - its natural wonders Archived 2014-11-05 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ National Statistical Coordinating Body of the Philippines. FACTS & FIGURES:Ifugao province
  3. ^ About Banaue > Tourist Attractions Archived 2008-12-14 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Talavera, Catherine (June 29, 2018). "Banaue Rice Terraces rehab to start by year end". Philippine Star. Retrieved February 16, 2019. The Banaue Rice Terraces, built by the Ifugaos by hand some 2,000 years ago, is among the country’s national cultural treasures and is listed as a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Site.
  5. ^ Department of Tourism: Ifugao Province Archived 2009-03-02 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed September 04, 2008.
  6. ^ Jesus, Totel V. De (April 7, 2018). "Not just Boracay: Banaue Rice Terraces also need help". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved February 16, 2019. Add to that, the loss of interest among the younger generations to farming. They’d rather go down to the cities and try their luck for a more stable income in call centers, real estate and other salary-based careers.
  7. ^ "Banaue Rice Terraces Pictures, Photos & Facts - Ifugao,". Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  8. ^ Agence France-Presse [1] Drought ravages famed Banaue rice terraces. 9 March 2010.
  9. ^ Cabreza, Vincent (July 15, 2013). "For Ifugao rice terraces, age should not matter". Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Ifugao Rice Terraces may be younger than we think". Rappler. April 29, 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Giant worms destroying ancient rice terraces". The Telegraph. 3 March 2006. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  12. ^ "The brittle Steps to the Sky – T". Retrieved 2018-11-10.

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