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Breathtaking Banaue

The world “Banaue” is derived from the word “Banawor,” a noctural, swift dying bird that lived in one of the oldest sitios of the town. When the Spaniards occupied the town, they mispronounced Banawae, as Banaue, and the name stuck.
Banaue is politically subdivided into 18 barangays, namely: Amaganad, Anaba, Balawis, Banao, Bangaan, Batad, Bocos, Cambulo, Ducligan, Gohang, Kinakin, Poblacion, Poitan, Pula, San Fernando, Tam-an, Viewpoint and Uhaj.

Beacuse of its high altitude, Banaue is often described as “where land merges with the clouds to meet the heavens,” and the rice terraces as “the stairway to the sky.”

Banaue is a place for nature adventures and cultural immersion. Days for indulging in activities such as strolling, biking and trekking. Evenings are for campfire chats at a village or warm indoor cosseting at the lodges and inns.

How to Get There

Banaue is approximately 8 to 9 hours’ travel by bus from Manila via the San Jose, Nueva Ecija route. One can also reach Banaue from Baguio via the Halsema Road. Travel time from Baguio to Banaue is approximately 8-1/2 hours.

How to Get Around

Tricycles are the main transportation in Banaue. But there are jeepneys and buses that can take you to nearby towns and provinces, such as Sagada in Mountain Province and Solano in Nueva Vizcaya.

Tourists Attractions in Banaue

  • Banaue Rice Terraces – Tagged as the “Eight Wonder of the World,” the Banaue Rice Terraces start from the base of the Cordilleras and reach up to several thousand feet high. Its length, if stretched from end to end, could encircle half of the globe. The rice paddles are fed by mountain springs and streams that are channeled into an irrigation canal that runs downhill through the terraces.
  • Tam-an Village – Tam-an is a small Ifugao village located about 323 steps down from the Banaue Hotel’s swimming pool. Interesting to see here are the bones of their ancestors bundled, preserved and wrapped in colorful handwoven blankets.
  • Banaue Museum – The museum is a just few minutes’ walk from the Poblacion junction. It houses artifacts, costumes, writing and photos about the Ifugaos and other tribes of the Cordillera region.
  • Creative Pagan Museum – This museum houses an extensive collection of Cordilleran sculptures. A beautiful garden with an Ifugao hut can be seen outside the museum.
  • Viewpoint – It is located on top of a plateau. From here one can take great pictures of the rice terraces from different angles and magnitudes. One also has the option to trek the terraces from here.
  • Hapao Rice Terraces – The rice terraces located in Hapao are one of the few extensive centuries-old, stone-walled terraces. It is believed that the Terrace Culture of the Ifugaos started here.
  • Poitan Village – Here, one can see the legendary “stone post” protected and idolized by the village people. One can also see the most sacred idol of the Ifugaos- the bulol or “Rice God” – protecting the grains in the granary. Ifugao huts line the mountain slopes in this village.
  • Guihob Natural Pool – It is kilometers from the town proper. One has to hop and jump over huge boulders to reach the crystal clear waters of Guihob. It is perfect place for those who want to take a refreshing swim.
  • Batad Rice Terraces – Batad is approximately 16 kilometers from the town proper. Here the amphitheater-like terraces are found. Tattooed men and women can also be seen cultivating their daily staple here. Tattoes are similar to clothing for the locals of this part of Banaue.
  • Tappiyah Waterfalls – These cascading waterfalls can be found in Batad. The falls has an enourmous basin where one can swim.
  • Banga-an Village – Banga-an is twi kilometers from the junction leading to Batad. One can simply idle his hours away gazing at the village’s fascinating environs.
  • Mayoyao Village – Mayoyao is located 41 kilometers from Banau. Its main attraction is its stone-walled rice terraces.
  • Duclingan Hot Springs – These hot springs are found at the bank of the Banaue-Duclingan River and adjacent to a deep pool.
  • Mount Amuyao – It is the 8th highest peak in the Philippines, with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. It is located between the boundary of Banaue and Mayoyao.
  • Its summit provides a climber with a breathtaking panorama of the Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Ifugao.

Hangouts in Banaue

Village Visits in Banaue – Reaching some of the tourist spots requires hiking. Scenic sites are the Tam-an Village, Bocos Village, Bangaan Village, Poitan Village, Hapao Village and Duclingan Village. These villages are characterized by the community where the livelihood activities are within the surroundings.
Mountain Climbing – The Ifugao terrain ample choice for mountain climbing.

Festivals and Events in Banaue

  • Banaue Imbayah – It is three-day festival, which is celebrated every four years. Activities include an ethnic parade portraying the evolution of the Ifugao culture followed by ethnic games participated by barangay delegations. This festival though has not been sustained to date.
  • Tungoh ad Hungduan – This event is held in April. Tungoh are rest days for the farmers in Hungduan after the planting season. The rest of the municipality and tourists are invited to a cultural night of songs, dances and ethnic parades held on a mountain top.
  • Tig-ao Festival – This festival is also held in April. Tig-ao is a victory fest among Mayoyaos. It commemorates ancient rituals and features ethnic games.
  • Gotad ad Hingyon, Gotad ad Kiangan – Also held in April, Gotad is one special day in 12 feasts celebrated by the royal class to please their gods.
  • Harvest time – Whenever the Ifugaos reap their harvests, a festivity is sure to take place. Free tapuy or rice wine and free food are shared to guests.