Cordillera Terraces | Philippines

Dating to the 16th century, the indigenous Ifugao people developed and maintained four terrace complexes for the cultivation of rice along the eastern slopes of the Cordillera Central mountain range in the Luzon region of the Philippines.

Facing limited land and soil resources, hundreds of manmade terraces stand testament to the ingenuity of the Ifugao people who settled and thrived in this rugged environment.

These 500 year old structures remain some of best examples of soil conservation technology in the world. For the who have maintained them, the terraces embody the survival of their distinctive cultural legacy.

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