Hagdang hagdang Palayan Part 3: Visiting the Village
We ordered lunch as soon as we arrived at Simon’s Inn. While the food was being prepared, we were taken to our room assignments and settled in. I slept for a bit so I will have energy for our trek to the village.
Lunch was simple – chicken, mixed vegetables and rice- but filling.
Around 2:30 pm, everyone was ready. The group had 2 guides, ours was Kuya Vicente.
Just below the inns in Batad is the only school in the village, Batad Elementary school. I asked our guide where the children take their high school classes. He said, you have to go to Banaue if you want to study high school.
Here are some of the pictures I took.
View of the terraces from the trail.
Mini falls along the trail. Falls such as these gives continuous water supply to the rice terraces below.
Rooster in one of the village homes.
Another community on top of a small hill.
Yellow wildflower along the terrace walls. Kuya Vicente said they use this as fertilizers for the rice.
This is Kuya Vicente, our local guide. I told him I will be posting his picture in the internet. He gamely posed for me.
Sadly, our rice terraces succumbed to the forces of nature. This part of the Batad rice terraces collapsed during typhoon Juaning in July 2011. Forty-three rice paddies owned by thirty owners were destroyed.
Our first pit stop was this hut in the middle of the ampitheater. Notice the dog. 🙂
Kuya Vicente pointed out an interesting fact about this hut. Look at the foundation.
The whole structure sits delicately on top of the rice terraces’ stone wall.
Grave of a rice terrace owner.
We finally arrived at the village.
Huts were built on stilts. The lower part serves as the owner’s workshop of some sort.
I am amazed by this mortar. It is completely carved out of stone.
Cute kid with his mother. I asked permission first before taking their picture.
The village walkway.
Kuya Vicente pointed at this pile of stones (covered by weeds) beside our trail. He said it is actually a grave about 20-feet deep into the mountain.
Almost two hours of walking and we were tired. We needed some rest and a beautiful view.
Remember the dog at the hut earlier? He followed us throughout our trek, acting as our second guide. 🙂
See our canine friend climbing up the steep trail? 🙂
At the end of our trek, we were rewarded by this view of the mountains.
Given the chance, I’d go back here and enjoy some more of the community, the history, and the view.
Next up is Part 4 – The morning in Batad.