Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras

Carved in the mountains of Ifugao, the Rice Terraces of the Cordilleras is one of the six UNESCO World Heritage Sites found in the Philippines. The rice fields were planted by Ifugaos, the indigenous people of the mountainous region in northern Philippines some 2,000 years ago.

This engineering marvel was created by the ancestors of the Ifugaos as a practical solution on how to utilize their land to plant rice. With an altitude of 1500 meters above sea level, the Ifugaos used their bare hands to create this vast irrigation system without altering the natural contours of the hills and mountains.  It is a living cultural landscape that reflects the way of life of an ancient civilisation.

What started out of need had become a revered and celebrated marvel of human ingenuity today. Truly, success and greatness comes as a result of solving problems and creating solutions.

 

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