Where the land is mountainous, terraced paddy fields are built as a means of rice farming. These steep hillside wonders are made by intense physical labor. The Philippines, being an agricultural country, has established itself as the home to some of the most amazing rice terraces around the world.
Perhaps, the most well known from among these are the Banaue Rice Terraces of the Cordillera Region (considered by some as the 8th wonder of the world), and is recognized as a UNESCO Heritage site. However, besides these famed 2,000 year-old man-made wonder, there are other equally stunning rice terraces across the region like those in the Mountain province (ie Sagada and Bontoc rice terraces).
One that isn’t known to many is the very picturesque rice paddies in the quiet, mountainous town of Sabangan called Dagiwdiw Rice Terraces (also in the Mountain Province). Just like the other rice terraces of the region, the terraced rice fields help to decrease erosion and work well for rice crops which need to be grown in a flooded area.
When I had the opportunity to do some hiking in Sabangan, I was totally surprised to see a very spectacular landscape made by the locals of Sabangan. My hike to the mountains of Losad rewarded me an unforgettable vista that is way beyond picture perfect.
Dagiwdiw Rice Terraces in the Apa area of Brgy. Losad have fluid contours that are aesthetic and voluptuous, revealing the profusion in every crevice. I guess our view from atop the mountain gave a more spectacular sight. It was an ingenious use of very limited space. Truly awe inspiring!
Don’t be a wasted soul, be ‘juan’derlust. Take it easy ebri’juan’.
Where it is located: Here’s a screenshot of its satellite map.