For most people, the first thing that comes to their mind when they hear the word “Cordillera” is the Banaue Rice Terraces. It is a famous tourist spot known all around the world and was even called as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Officially, there are only Seven Wonders of the World which are must-see natural and man-made structures or places. The Eight Wonder is a place, structure, or natural creations comparable to the official Seven Wonders. The Banaue Rice Terraces has been nominated as an Eighth Wonder of the World because of its beauty, perfection, use, and antiquity. The Banaue Rice Terraces was built by hand almost 2,000 years ago by Ifugao ancestors. There are still debates as to the real age of the rice terraces because the stones used to hold the soil trace back to a much older date. The rice terraces cover several mountainsides, carved from the top down to the bottom of the mountain. It was an ingenious farming method devised by the Ifugao people due to lack of flat terrain to plant rice. It also makes watering more efficient as water from the top would flow down to every layer. Each layer is bigger than the layer before it, forming a staircase like pattern, which earned the Tagalog reference “hagdang-hangdang palayan.”
2017. I knew it was going to be my year - it had to be. I had decided that working a standard, 9 to 5 job simply wasn’t for me. I wanted to give earning money with just a computer, an Internet connection, and a frenzied dream a try. However, I knew that creating a reliable source of income every month would be a significant challenge in itself.
The Mountain Province located in the Cordillera Administrative Region is, of course, known for its lush greenery, hanging coffins, cold high-altitude weather, and mountain ranges. But one of the most beloved gems in the province is the Bomod-ok Falls. The Bomok-od Falls can be found in the town of Sagada, nestled within the north of the Cordillera Mountains. It is a stunning 200-meter waterfall hidden amongst palay (rice) paddies and small towns. Tempting as it may, getting there isn’t exactly what you would call a walk in the park.
Sagada is one of the places in the Philippines packed with a lot of popular destinations. The Hanging Coffins at Echo Valley in Sagada, for example, is one unusual and unique spot.
On the middle of the Tayabas Bay and Sibuyan Sea lies the heart-shaped and beautiful island of Marinduque. Its waters are located along the center of the center of world’s marine biodiversity. Not only a sanctuary for marine, flora, and other fauna species, Marinduque is also home to one of the oldest religious festivals in the whole Philippines.
Considered to be one of the most visited destinations in Metro Manila for this year, since its official public viewing on May 18, the National Museum of Natural History has continued to receive much attention on and off the internet. It can clearly be seen that a lot of thought has been put into the establishment and curation of this now very famous museum. Right off the bat, visitors of the museum would see how astonishing the details of the building itself are.
Every 4th Sunday of January, right after the celebration of Sinulog Festival in Cebu and Ati-atihan Festival of Aklan, the streets of Iloilo City are filled with colorful décor, joyous music and exhilarating dances. This marks the beginning of Dinagyang Festival, celebrated to honor the Santo Niño and commemorate the arrival of the Malays in Panay and the sale of the island to the settlers by the Aetas.
Sinulog Festival of Cebu is considered to be one of the most festive, most popular - the grandest festival in the Philippines. Sinulog Festival consistently brings together millions of people each year to commemorate one of the major events in the country’s religious history and celebrate in honor of the patron saint of Cebu, Santo Niño or Child Jesus.