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The rice fields around Banaue, Ifugao province are on the Unesco World Heritage list since 1995 for good reason.
They sit around 1700 meters above sealevel and cover an area of approximately 6.400 square km.

In season the rice fields are intensely green as far as the eye can see.
And they're old, dating back some 2000 years, when they were first created by the local people, completely crafted by hand.

Years of neglect earned the rice fields a spot on the Unesco Endangered Heritage sites in 2001. After major improvements in the conservation efforts and techniques they're no longer considered endangerd since 2012, leaving them for all of us to enjoy.

The Ifugao community performs narrative chants, called Hudhud during the sowing and harvest seasons and at funeral wakes and rituals. Thought to have originated before the seventh century, the Hudhud comprises more than 200 chants, each divided into 40 episodes. A complete recitation may last several days.
Unfortunemately I didn't get a chance to witness that, maybe next time.

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