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Notes on the Geography of The Philippines: Banaue

Banaue is the modest capital of Ifugao Province, famous for stepped terraces cut from rugged mountains.

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We're about 125 miles north of Manila and on the rugged eastern slope of the Cordillera Central.

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The best roads are poor, and the average one poorer still.

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Jeepneys find their way around.

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Banaue, capital of Ifugao, is centrally located in the province and roughly halfway up the long slope of the Cordillera.

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The buildings cluster around a bit of flat land occupied by many shops catering to tourists who have come to see the terraces.

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The view from the commercial center out to the local hotel and terraces beyond.

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The carver must know his customers.

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Outside of town, one can wander freely.

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The landscape is of Balinese intensity.

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Farmers make no money from rice: they are engaged in what they themselves call "sentimental agriculture."

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The grain ripens.

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Beautiful but labor-intensive harvested bundles.

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The stub-end of a road? Not quite,...

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The start of a very steep and long path to a remote village.


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