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Ifugao – Land of the Eighth Wonder of the World

The province of Ifugao is best known for the Banaue Rice Terraces, the 2,000 year old rice terraces made by the Ifugao natives without the use of machinery. It was recognize as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Until now, this man-made wonder is still being used by the natives.

The site of Ifugao natives is a special treat for tourists. With their colorful clothes and ethnic dances preserved throughout the years, they give a glimpse of the Filipino culture before the Spaniards came to the Philippines.

Demographics

1. Population – 180, 711 (as of 2007 Census)
2. Land Area –2,517.8 sq. km
3. Capital – Lagawe
4. Language/Dialect –Ifugao, Ilocano, English, and Filipino
5. Divisions

Municipalities (11)

  • Aguinaldo
  • Alfonso Lista (Potia)
  • Asipulo
  • Banaue
  • Hingyon
  • Hungduan
  • Kianga
  • Lagawe
  • Lamut
  • Mayoyao
  • Tinoc
Famous For ...

Banaue Rice Terraces
Considered as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World”, the 2,000 year old rice terraces start from the base of the mountain range and reach up to several thousand feet high.

Philippine War Memorial Shrine
This shrine, resembling an oversized Ifugao native house, was built to commemorate the end of World War II.

Ifugao Natives
With their red, black and yellow colored native costumes, the Ifugaos have become the most common symbolic representation of Filipinos.

Hudhud
The UNESCO World Heritage List has cited the Ifugao epic Hudhud as among the “Masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of the humanity.”

Places of Interest

Cultural

Ifugao Museum
Location: Kiangan, Ifugao
This museum houses several Ifugao artifacts found from all over the province. It is managed by the National Museum.

Tam-An Village
Location: Banaue, Ifugao
Thee village has a row full of wood carving and hand woven products that are sold to travelers.

Pula and Cambulo Native Village
Location: Banaue, Ifugao
This cobbled stone village offers visitors a chance to stay in a native Ifugao house. The ancient craft of bark cloth weaving thrives in this village as well.

Makaliwagha and Lebhong Burial Caves
Location: Mayoyao, Ifugao
The cave is the burial site of the first settler of Mayoyao. Here remains of the Mayoyao residents were placed at wood coffins.

Lumauig Stone
Location: Balangbang River, Mayoyao, Ifugao
This huge black stone is held by three smaller stones. The townspeople believe that so long as the huge stone stands, the Mayoyao people will remain strong and happy.

Historical

Philippine War Memorial Site
Location: Kiangan, Ifugao
This shrine, resembling an oversized Ifugao native house, was built to commemorate the end of World War II. The shrine depicts the several milestones in Ifugao history; from the Spanish oppression, the Bataan Death March, to the Japanese occupation.

General Yamashita Surrender Site
Location: Kiangan, Ifugao
Relics, artifacts and documents retelling the surrender of General Yamashita can be found here.

Mt. Nagchayan
Location: Banaue, Ifugao
It served as a major battle ground between Filipino and American forces against the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. The mountain has several grottos, stone walled trenches, and fox holes.

Natural

Bintakan Cave
Location: Lagawe, Ifugao
It is a three-room cave with dripping water that forms stalactites and stalagmites of different beautiful shapes. The mouth of the cave is overlooking the Ibunao river.

Nah-toban Cave
Location: Brgy. Boliwong, Lagawe, Ifugao
The cave is much larger than Bintakan Cave and has a descending entrance with four rooms. But there are still other rooms unexplored. Huge quantities of guano are found in the cave.

Tukuhan Sulphur Hot Springs
Location: Brgy. Tukuhan, Tinoc, Ifugao
This sulfuric hot spring is hidden in lush greenery. This can be reached by a two-hour hike from Brgy. Monsoyosoy, Buguias, Benguet.

Guihob Natural Swimming Pool
Location: Poblacion, Banaue, Ifugao
To be able to swim in its crystal clear waters of Guihob, tourists have to hop and jump over huge boulders blocking the pathway.

Bagnit Waterfalls and Numbungug Waterfalls
Location: Brgy. Julongan, Kiangan, Ifugao
Bagnit is a stunning series of cascading falls running over 250 feet while Numbungug is a single majestic fall of over 80 feet in height, falling to the Ibulao river tributaries.

Ambuwaya Lake
Location: Kiangan, Ifugao
Legend says that it was once a large sitio that became a lake because of the killing and making fun of leech in the spring by some children. Ambuwaya Lake is ideal for boating and swimming while its shaded shore is good for picnics.

Mt. Amuyao
Location: Banaue – Mayoyao, Ifugao
This mountain is the 8th highest peak in the Philippines, with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. Its summit provides the climber with a breath-taking panorama of Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Viscaya, and Ifugao.

Mt. Napulawan
Location: Hungduan, Ifugao
The second tallest mountain in the province, towering 2,642 meters above sea level, was the final refuge of General Yamashita.

Man-made

Banaue Rice Terraces
Location: Banaue, Ifugao
Considered as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World”, the 2,000 year old rice terraces start from the base of the mountain range and reach up to several thousand feet high. This was made by the Ifugao people without the aid of machinery. And in 1995, it was declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

Other rice terraces in Ifugao
1. Batad Rice Terraces
Location: Banaue, Ifugao
2. Bangaan Rice Terraces
Location: Banaue, Ifugao
3. Mayoyao Rice Terraces
Location: Mayoyao, Ifugao
4. Hapao Rice Terraces
Location: Hungduan, Ifugao
5. Nagacadan Rice Terraces
Location: Kiangan, Ifugao

Magat Dam
Location: Alfonso Lista, Ifugao
This water reservoir is reputedly the biggest dam in Asia.

Festivals...

Igkumtad ad Mayoyao
Place: May 1
Date: Mayoyao, Ifugao
This annual ethnic festival is celebrated with singing, dancing, and drinking of rice wine.

Tungoh ad Hungduan
Place: Hungduan, Ifugao
Date: April 18 - 24
This is celebrated with cultural songs, dances, ethnic games, and ethnic games. A climb to Mt. Napulawan for the adventurous group is another highlight of this event.

 
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How To Get There?

By Land
Ifugao can be reached by major bus transportation from Manila; and from Baguio City via Halsema Highway.

Related Links :
Wow Philippines Ifugao Page

 
 

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