Banaue

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This article is about the modern municipality. For the historic farming site, see Banaue Rice Terraces.
Banaue
Municipality
Banaue Philippines View-of-the-Town-02.jpg
Map of Ifugao showing the location of Banaue
Map of Ifugao showing the location of Banaue
Banaue is located in Philippines
Banaue
Banaue
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°55′08″N 121°03′32″E / 16.91889°N 121.05889°E / 16.91889; 121.05889Coordinates: 16°55′08″N 121°03′32″E / 16.91889°N 121.05889°E / 16.91889; 121.05889
Country Philippines
Region Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)
Province Ifugao
District Lone District
Barangays 18
Government[1]
 • Mayor Jerry U. Dalipog
Area[2]
 • Total 191.20 km2 (73.82 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 22,365
 • Density 120/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3601
Dialing code 74
Income class 4th class
Website www.banaue.gov.ph

Banaue (or alternatively spelled as Banawe) is a fourth class ##Philippine municipality|municipality## in the ##Philippine province|province## of ##Ifugao##, ##Philippines### According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 22,365 people# It is widely known as the site of the ##UNESCO World Heritage Site##, the ##Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras|Batad Rice Terraces and Bangaan Rice Terraces###

Barangays[edit]

Banaue is politically subdivided into 18 ##barangay##s#

  • Amganad
  • Anaba
  • Balawis
  • Bangaan
  • Batad
  • Bocos
  • Banao
  • Cambulo
  • Ducligan
  • Gohang
  • ##Kinakin, Ifugao

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Banaue
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 16,943 —    
1995 20,514 +3.90%
2000 20,563 +0.05%
2007 21,448 +0.60%
2010 22,365 +1.41%
Source: National Statistics Office

Ifugao Rice Terraces[edit]

Sometimes called by locals as the "Eighth Wonder of the World", the Ifugao Rice Terraces begin at the base of the mountain range and extend several thousand feet upwards# Two of the terrace clusters in Banaue, na#ely Bangaan and Batad, are part of the ##UNESCO## World Heritage inscription# It is said that their length, if put end to end, would encircle half of the globe# Built 2,000 years ago, the rice terraces manifest the engineering skill and ingenuity of the sturdy Ifugaos# They are irrigated by means of mountain streams and springs that have been tapped and channeled into canals that run downhill through the rice terraces#

    1. File:Banaue Philippines Banaue-Rice-Terraces-01#jpg|thumbnail|left|Banaue Rice Terraces##

The rice terraces once stretched northeast to ##Cagayan## and as far south as ##Quezon### However they are now slowly being abandoned and showing signs of deterioration# A severe 1990 earthquake damaged some of the terraces' irrigation systems, while ##El Niño## triggered droughts that led giant earthworms to erode the terraces' soil# Furthermore, the rice variety most suited to the area's cool climate is not a high-yielding crop; because it takes so long to mature, some Ifugao families have abandoned their land in the rice terraces in favor of land that reaps faster rewards#

An Ifugao Terraces Commission was created in 1994 but has since been superseded by the Banaue Rice Terraces task force, which was closed in 2002#

    1. UNESCO## has listed the Batad Rice Terraces and Bangaan Rice Terraces as a ##World Heritage Site## since 1995, under the designation, ##Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras###[4]

All located in the Ifugao region, the Rice Terraces also feature as one of the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Sites or ##GIAHS### They are supported by ##Indigenous #ecology#|indigenous## knowledge management of muyong, a private ##forest## that caps each terrace cluster# The muyong is managed through a collective effort and under traditional tribal practices# The communally managed ##forestry## area on top of the terraces contains about 264 ##Indigenous #ecology#|indigenous## plant species, mostly endemic to the region# The terraces form unique clusters of microwatersheds and are part of the whole ##mountain## ##ecology### They serve as a rainwater filtration system and are saturated with irrigation water all year round# A biorhythm technology, in which cultural activities are harmonized with the rhythm of climate and hydrology management, has enabled farmers to grow rice at over 1 000 meters#

Contrary to popular notion, the ##Banaue Rice Terraces## as seen from the viewpoint are not included in the UNESCO inscription, due to the presence of numerous modern structures# However, it is a National Cultural Treasure under the Ifugao Rice Terraces#

The Banaue Rice Terraces was chosen as one of the two green globe destinations of the country by the World Travel and Tour Council# It received an “International Historic Engineering Landmark Award” from the American Society of Civil Engineers# It was also acknowledged by the World Travel and Tour Council as a green globe destination in the Philippines#[5]

The stone walled rice terraces were built by means of primitive tools and early methods in order to maximize the use of land space, They exceed the height of the world’s tallest building if the vertical distance between top and bottom row are measured#

Transport[edit]

    1. File:Banaue Philippines Jeepney-and-Taxi-Terminal-01#jpg|thumbnail|right|Jeepney and taxi terminal##

Banaue can be reached by jeepney, bus, or private car from ##Baguio City### For bus transportation, Ohayami Trans have a 9PM daily trip from Baguio City#

    1. GV Florida Transport## Inc#/Dangwa Transport Co provides daily trips directly to Banaue from Manila with executive deluxe bus, taking 7 to 8 hours#

See also[edit]

      1. Banaue Rice Terraces##

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: IFUGAO". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  4. ^ #http://whc#unesco#org/en/list/722 Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras#, UNESCO World Heritage Site#
  5. ^ #http://www#e-philippines#com#ph/banaue-travel-information-and-packages/ Banaue#, e-philippines#

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