Batad

CheslieBatad rice terraces

I have made numerous trips to Batad without a guide but this little rascal intrigued me with his offer of 50 pesos for a tour of his village.

His mother, Lillian Lahhin, is one of the regular guides and her sons desire to joining the ranks of the other guides was kind of inspiring.

Batad Rice FieldsBatad VillageThese terraces are getting more difficult to maintain as more and more locals find employment elsewhere..

It is hard work tending to these fields and many of the younger people want to work in the city instead of on the farm.

Batad Ifugao TribesmanBuy-A is in his 70′s and still is strong as an ox and works these fields regularly.

Rainy Day in BatadJuly is a wet month in Batad. The mornings are usually sunny but the afternoon rains can start as early as 2pm.  It’s best to get an early start for hiking or taking pictures. Only one crop of rice a year is grown here.

Waiting for the rain to stopI got a late start and got caught by the rains.

Ifugao TribesmanBuy-a had the most beautiful piercing eyes.

Batad Rice FieldsBatad well might be the most heavily photographed terraces after Banaue.

Batad traditional dwellingsTraditional dwellings in Batad.

Batad Village

Rice Terrace ErosionThere are erosion problems during heavy rains when the stone walls collapse and several terraces might be destroyed.

UNESCO and other groups finance the rebuilding of the damage.

Locals that are skilled at making these stone walls rebuild these terraces by hand and then carry the earth back uphill so the fields can be used again.

I was told that a crew would take about 2 weeks to repair the damage pictured here.

Lillian Lahhin asked me to put her contact information here.

Smart 09297663480 TM 09061539453

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Jul 24, 2010 www.dutchpickle.com

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