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Codillera Rice Terraces

Listed under Archaeological Sites in Philippines.

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The sculptured, ancient rice terraces that wind up the Cordillera slopes on Luzon are the only Philippine monument built without foreign intervention or enforced labour, more importantly they were built around 2,000 years ago and are still serving the same use today. The whole landscape of the island has been changed by the tribes who built these terraces; first concave sections of mountain were isolated and walled in, with the soil being raised up underneath and irrigation tunnels laid through - and all of this at elevations not conducive to growing rice. Farmers currently working the terraces still use the same plant based fertilisers and farming techniques as 2,000 years ago. Expect to see steep, mist topped, mountains blanketed in terraces fringed by carefully nurtured forests which also play a part in the farming process. It probably comes as no surprise that bul-ol, the rice deity is one of the most revered in the region. While pains have been taken to preserve the terraces themselves not as much has been done to preserve the lifestyle of these farmers and the younger generation is often more interested in moving to the city than working in the terraces here are preserving these age old methods.

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