Last Updated: March 16th, 2019
With its stone-walled terraces and remote location, the village of Maligcong in Bontoc, Mountain Province is arguably one of the best places to enjoy the culture and beauty of the Philippine Cordilleras. And just like the remote village of Batad in Banaue, Ifugao, the remarkable beauty of its rice terraces takes you on a whole new level of awe-inspiring appreciation of the rich culture of Northern Philippines.
If the views in local homestays surrounding this marvelous beauty is not enough to rouse your senses, local tour guides can help you get around the rice fields–and to Favarey Village. This village houses the generations of farmers and their families that continues to maintain the rice terraces of Maligcong.
At break of dawn, farmers start their daily routine of making sure the fields has the water it needs by making small canals from one field to the next. When talking to one of the farmers at the end of our hike, she quipped how it took her three days to plant just half of the section of her field. Barefoot all day, the back-breaking work of planting rice makes you think twice of how much food is wasted after all their hard work–and how little they earn at the end of their harvest.
And as you walk the fields, it’s hard not to notice the small tin roof huts surrounding Favarey Village and in certain sections of the fields. Our guide–Ronald–explains how these are used by the farmers of Maligcong for storage during the harvest season. The highest point of the village is littered with these storage huts–and also offers some of the best views of Maligcong.
If you decide to visit, local guides charge less than 500 for each guided tour.
The Manila Project
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