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post #1 of 11 Old 07-23-2019, 07:08 AM Thread Starter
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Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines

We've had relatives from the US visiting for the past several weeks. Not much activity on the horse or ranch front, but we've been touring around the Philippines.


So far we visited the Banaue rice terraces and 100 Islands State Park.
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-23-2019, 01:45 PM
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What a beautiful landscape--wow!

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post #3 of 11 Old 07-23-2019, 08:23 PM
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Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing!
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post #4 of 11 Old 07-26-2019, 10:04 PM
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How old are those rice terraces? Are those Caves in the hill to the right of the terraces?

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I, too, find the terraces intriguing. Do you think they started at the bottom and worked upward to construct terrace after terrace? I suppose this would have been all hand labour?? I suppose, also, they need continual maintenance or else the terraces would return to slopes??
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Looks like irrigation pipes on the right side of the close up of the terraces. So do they pump water all the way to the top terrace and let the overflow flood the terraces on the lower levels. @Cordillera Cowboy

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Wow, gorgeous photos!! Thank you for sharing! Looks amazing.

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post #8 of 11 Old 07-29-2019, 02:06 PM
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Good question about irrigation, RegalCharm. I wondered (before the advent of engined powered assistance) if the farmers would have used a system of catching rain water at the top and letting it trickle down in a controlled fashion through some sort of pipe or trench system.
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-31-2019, 01:04 AM Thread Starter
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@RegalCharm and @Chevaux
I think the terraces are about 2,000 years old. They were built over a long period of time by two separate migrations of the same peoples. Earlier ones are of mud, and newer ones of stone. Yes, they require constant maintenance to keep them functional. Folks are worried that the newer generations are not interested enough to keep them going.


Of course there is mechanized irrigation now. Historically, I believe that high mountain springs were tapped and the water gravity fed down to the terraces.


What looks like irrigation pipe on the one image are the stairs for walking up and down.


Not sure if there are caves in the area.
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@Cordillera Cowboy Any truth to the rumor that the Japanese buried treasure in the caves there ? I watched a program within the last month about people hunting for treasure the Japanese were supposed to have hidden.


It reported that Pres. Markos hired people to find some of the buried loot and after they did find some he had them silenced.


It did show some strange carvings on rocks that were supposed to be a code for locating some of the buried loot.

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