Posted by: Jae | March 23, 2008


We were supposed to simply just go straight to Isabela to do the traditional pamamanhikan with my brother’s fiancee’s family but my Mom decided that we had time to swing by Banaue and stay for the night. I was feeling disappointed at not being able to go to Cebu, and couldn’t care less about where my Mom wanted to drag us to, but one look at the Banaue Rice Terraces immediately changed my mind. The view was breathtaking.

Sure, the Banaue Rice Terraces is considered a UNESCO heritage site and we should all be proud of that distinction, but I think another thing we should be proud of is the fact that the terraces are one of the very few ancient man-made structures constructed by free men and women. The Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon — all these were created by slaves devoid of free will.

Our ancestors who created the terraces were people who believed in an idea and who saw that it could benefit them. Unlike the efficiency of slave labor where control was wielded through a whip, the construction of the terraces was probably in great parts messy, chaotic and uncoordinated. I’m sure the tribe leaders sometimes wished that they were dealing with slaves as it would make the work easier. There were probably many brawls and bickerings, not to mention loud sighs and whinings.


But they got it done. As free men and women unbridled by chains and by whips. It probably took much longer and with a lot of rough edges, but it doesn’t matter now. Thousands of years from their creation we are still held in awe by the majesty and grandeur of the terraces and we remember that they have been built by a people proud, fierce and free.

Next stop: SAGADA! Was supposed to join my friend Danny and a bunch of people who went there for the weekend, butI have a scheduled hearing on Monday so, so much for that. I’m deadset on going to Sagada this summer, though. Beaches are SO last season. ๐Ÿ™‚



  1. Ang ganda ng pics, parang professional. Baka maganda lang ang camera. he he he.

    I’ll take you to Sagada this summer, if you want. Sana lang wag masyadong maulan.

  2. hehe, baka nga camera lang. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Sagada is breathtaking, Jae! It’s worth the bumpy roads (though I heard umayos na ang daan somewhat) and the veeeery long drive. Plus the food is so fresh, the air is so clean, and everything is so cheap you really feel like you’re close to heaven. Loved your pics of the terraces, sobrang ganda, diba? Mwah! Btw, pa-send ng pics natin sa analog ha!!!

  4. weeh ang ganda ng picture.cge punta ka sagada.maganda dun.masarap pa ang kape at corned beef.

  5. waaaaaaaaaaaah!!! golds and joan, alam niyo ba na hindi tuloy ang hearing ko ngayon. yung hearing na pinagpalit ko sa sagada. tapos nagtext ako kay alain (yung nagcocoordinate ng hearing) na nareset, tapos ang reply niya: “talaga? andito ako sa sagada. sobrang ganda!” hindi ko alam na andun pala siya. gusto ko maglaslas ng pulso kanina sa cainta junction.

    at syempre kayong dalawa, not helpful. lalo nyo pa ako ininggit. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    sige, joan send ko analog pics. ang cute ng pic niyo ni bobby and enteng. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. hehe, jae… am still laughing inside dahil sa kwento mo kanina re the sagada mix-up. gandang plot ng pelikula sana. ๐Ÿ™‚

    re Banaue, sayang i’ve never had the chance to see it in person. Hanggang Sagada pa lang ako. still, to para-phrase “Uncle Argyle” in “Braveheart”… “that’s something i’ll have to remedy.”

  7. The pyramids of Giza were not built by slave labor. I’m afraid that’s an outdated claim.

  8. whoops. sorry bout that. my mistake.

  9. wow sagada, gusto ko bumalik dun. hopefully this… hmmm… maybe not. after summer break na lang.

  10. I’m free 18-20 and 24-26 of april. juwanna?? tara.

  11. Inakyat namin ang banaue noon, hiking for 2 hours (sabi nung guide 7 hours daw dun sa talagang top view). Pagdating sa taas maganda ang view pero feeling ko magkaka heart attack na ako sa sobrang hingal. Di talaga athletic e so goodbye Amazing Race ambitions.

    Mag sagada tayo sa May pag uwi ko, di pa rin ako nakakapunta dun. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. In fairness, hindi sya ganyan ka green noon, puro patches of brown. Ganda nya ngayon

  13. i loooovvvveed my Sagada-Banaue trip just a few months before our grad ๐Ÿ™‚ wish i could do it all over again.

    when you go on your trip, swing by Bontoc na rin! go the the Bontoc Museum, really, really cool!!

  14. shucks, ang gaganda ng descriptions niyo lahat. gusto ko na pumunta!

    kaso philip and jordan and dianne, i had promised a friend we would go together, kaya i cant take you up on your offers.

    sana lang matuloy kami kasi maiinis talaga ako kung hindi…

  15. wait! yeah the skilled workers’ cemetery was unearthed, as well as their living areas. but then skilled workers were needed because of their experience and education in building – just like we have expert carpenters and architects, and woodworkers etc now. but not all workers were “skilled” workers, meron pa rin “common laborers” who did a lot of the heavy, manual labor. people still think that a majority of those who worked on the pyramids were slaves. well, that’s what i saw and understood in the national geographic show that Hawass himself hosted, regarding this. Oh well!! i’m no expert.

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