“Land of the Eighth World Wonder “

  
 Etched along the contours of the hills and mountains around the province, you will find a 2,000-year-old man-made engineering feat—and it looks like a staircase built for the gods. So brilliant is this terracing tradition – it even has its own irrigation system – that UNESCO deemed the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras as a World Heritage Site, calling it “an outstanding example of a living cultural landscape.”

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GETTING THERE
By Land: Ohayami Trans stationed in Sampaloc, Manila, has daily trips to Banaue. The trip takes about nine hours. Dangwa Tranco also has daily trips to Baguio. From Baguio, transfer to a bus bound for Banaue.

 

GETTING AROUND
The province’s main modes of transportation are buses, jeepneys and private cars but there are also tricycles available around the area for a tourist that wants to travel to nearby places or attractions.

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

  • Ifugao dialect
  • Ilocano
  • Tagalog
  • English

 

MUST SEES!

  • Banaue Rice Terraces
  • Philippine War Memorial Shrine (Kiangan)
  • Million Dollar Hill
  • General Yamashita's Surrender Site
  • Mt. Nagchayan
  • Bintakan Cave (Lagawe)
  • Tocucan Sulfur Hot Spring (Tinoc)
  • Ifugao Museum
  • Museum of Cordillera Structure
  • Banaue Museum
  • Tam-an Village

LET’S GO TRY

  • Vah-Vah (meaning “frog”)
  • Gajiw (small fish found in Ifugao)
  • Inlagim (Ifugao stew)

 

 

LET'S GO EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE

  • Visit a World Heritage Site. 
  • Imbibe the culture. (Museum of Cordillera Structure or the Banaue Museum)

 

LET’S GO TO FESTIVAL & EVENTS

  • Banaue Imbayah (held from April 25 to 29 - celebrated every four years. Added attractions for domestic and foreign tourists are cultural festivals.)
  • Tungoh and Hungduan Festival (held from April 16 to 19 – celebration on a mountain top with a cultural night of songs and dences.)
  • Gotad ad Hingyon, Gotad ad Kiangan (held from April 21 to 24 - Gotad is an Ifugao term which usually refers to a large gathering of people and a certain phase of prestige rites where people converge in the village of the family conducting the rites.)

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

  • If the walls of the Banaue Rice Terraces will be connected end to end, the length is ten times longer than the Great Wall of China. In fact, it would reach more than half around the entire planet!
  • It was in Kiangan, Ifugao where Yamashita finally surrendered to the joint Filipino – American Forces in 1945. His admission of defeat marked the liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese forces.

 

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The best time to see many wonders in Banaue if you want to see the green terraces is from April to August. Rainy season is from July to January, cool months are from November to February.


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