From our quick stop at Mount Polis, our trip went on. It was already past 3:00 o’clock and we had to get to Sagada before dusk. Hence, we all agreed not to make any stopovers as not to delay our trip. But of course this didn’t matter when we started seeing thousands of astounding rice terraces as we began entering the town of Bontoc, the capital town of the Mountain Province.
And just as I guessed, all of us hurried down when Andrew, our driver-slash-tour guide, stopped the van near the view deck of Bay-yo Rice Terraces situated in one of villages of Bontoc. Like soldiers armed with heavy weapons, we ran and started our combat – but ours were cameras and candid poses with the spectacular view of Bay-yo Rice Terraces.
Bay-yo Rice Terraces is a wower. It is not as big like those I see in Banaue but it seemed to possess an exceptional charm that made us all at awe seeing it. Unlike the ones in Banaue, there were no houses built in the middle of the terraces. Instead, houses were built on one side complimenting the stunning view of the terraces. “Gorgeous! Just so gorgeous!”
From the view deck, I went down somewhere I could get another good shot of this little stunner. An old man dressed in tribal wear came near me and chatted with me for a while. He was stunned to learn that we came all the way from Davao City in Mindanao just to see their “little pride”. Talking to him, I can sense how proud he is of his home and their culture. He even lent me his sword and shield for a photo op. Before he left, he even asked to tell my friends to come and see this place like I did. He was a charmer.
Done with short our relationship with Bay-yo Rice Terraces, we rushed back to the van to continue our trip. But just thirty minutes after we left another awe-inspiring view of yet another set of rice terraces of Bontoc were laid before our very eyes. They were the most beautiful rice terraces I’ve seen in this trip and I can’t afford not to take photographs of it. And so Andrew stopped and I hopped out of the van and started clicking my shutter button.
I don’t know exactly the name of the place but sure I know this is one of the best places to appreciate the breathtaking view of the Rice Terraces of Bontoc. Honestly, I was lost for words staring at this incredible man-made creation. But sure these photos I took would definitely speak for themselves. I say heavenly!
From there, our trip continued passing the proper town of Bontoc and then finally traveling up to Sagada. This crazy adventure thrilled so much making me savored the feeling that I was there – experiencing firsthand the many exciting things to see and do in this part of the country. Honestly, everything seemed surreal – and there I was enjoying every inch of this experience.
This is The Travel Teller’s Ifugao-Mountain Province-Benguet Diaries