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Bangaan, Banaue, Ifugao

This is the village of Bangaan in the middle of the rice terraces in Ifugao province, Northern Philippines.

The rice terraces of the Philippines is a 3,000 year old technology that is still being practiced up to the present moment. Terracing of rice fields are found all over Asia - in China, Indonesia, Iran etc. - but what is different with the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras is that they can be as over 1,000 meters above sea level and that they sometimes stretch for miles and miles.

The Philippine mountain tribe that practices this technology is collectively called 'Igorots' who are the indigenous people of the mountainous region of the Cordilleras. The rice terraces are mainly in the Mt. Province, Benguet (where much are now transformed to vegetable terraces), Ifugao and in neighboring provinces of Kalinga, Apayao, Nueva Vizcaya, La Union and Abra.

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