Banaue April 2009

Hello friends! It’s my second time in Banaue, Ifugao. And this time, I want to share with you some stuff that captures my attention during my visit at Banaue. It was a rainy day, so I have to get some area to prevent me getting wet. As I hopping in every single shop there, I got some pretty photograph of some wood carvings available at souvenir shops at Banaue, to share and have some memories of my Banaue experience.

First, these are some sculptures using kamagong woods. Kamagong or "Mabolo" is a fruit tree found only in the Philippines, the wood of which is extremely dense and hard, and famous for its dark color. It belongs to the ebony family (genus Diospyros), and like many other very hard woods is sometimes called "iron wood" so called because its wood is iron-like and nearly unbreakable, hence the term "ironwood". The word Mabolo is Filipino for hairy and describes the fruit's hairy exterior.

A pattern of miniatures of native house of ancient Ifugaos. Ifugaos native houses are on stilts four or five feet high. Strange looking discs are placed toward the top of each set of stilts. The purpose of these discs is to prevent rodents and other pests from getting up into the hut. The home has no window and a single room and doorway. To get into the house you must climb a ladder, which is pulled up at night.

This stuff shows typical figures of the ancient inhabitant of the mountains of the northern part of the Philippines.

The sculpture of a Ifugao warrior.

In this sculpture, ancient inhabitants of Banaue are used to mill rice using a traditional rice miller.

A hunter carrying his captured prey. This depicts the way of life in the mountains. As of today, there are still hunters that sell fresh deer meat. I don’t know if there is any law or ordinances that prohibit this kind of market, but fresh deer meat are commonly sold in the mountain side and in restaurants in the vicinity. Unfortunately, I don’t know what its taste cause I’m not yet got the opportunity to taste some.

Got some pictures with Banaue Rice Terraces using a Nikon D40 Digital SLR.

A wonderful valley of Banaue. Vast mountains covering the land didn’t stopped ancient native Ifugao to plant rice for their daily food requirements. It only demonstrates how Pinoys were very creative and artistic in their endeavors.

A horse-inspired wooden scooter at Banaue. It was a well known kind of transportation used by a modern ifugaos. Some of this was a bare wooden scooter, which was more appealing than this exaggerated one. It was used to transport collected woods from the mountains to make sculptures.

A mother and child.

A big warm mile.

A smoking partner.

One of the souvenir shops at Banaue.

A beautiful rice farm.

After the rain, there comes a rainbow. I am very fortunate to witness a rainbow at Banaue. It was a rainy day when we arrived at Banaue, but at the end of the day, the sun still comes out to give us a brilliant afternoon.

After the rain watered the plants, a glowing Riceland appears magnificent in my eyes.

I really like to see this one over and over again. A beautiful green rice plants covers the area of mountain transformed into farmland.

A native Ifugaos. This shows a native kind of clothing that early natives used to wear in their life. Today, there are some elderly native that dressed-up like that for the visitor to appreciate and take some photo opportunity with true-to-life native clothing. Reminder friends, don’t forget to give some stuff to the dressed-up elderly what you can afford for them to continue display their native clothing.

The first Christmas scene. A collection of various characters that captures your imagination and bring everyone to the first Christmas.

A series of wooden eagle sculptures.

A Love knot. This one was so amazing. It was made from a single piece of wood that was curved and sculptured to make this astounding masterpiece.

Smile of a sun.

Various Banaue products are showcased in every souvenir shops. If given an opportunity, visitors have to give some time to take a look at some best wooden sculptures, weavings, key chains, and some gift items available.

Callao Cave April 2009

Callao Cave is a cave with seven chambers located on the Province of Cagayan, in the Philippines.
Named after a bird "hornbill" which called in native language as "kalaw". As locals believed that this kind of birds lives and finds their haven in this cave. Unfortunately, nowadays, the're no more hornbill found in the cave.

It is one of the best known tourist attractions of the province. It is located in Barangays Parabba and Quibal, Peñablanca, near Tuguegarao, the capital city of the Province of Cagayan.

It is very easy to explore but requires little test of endurance as you go up the stair with close to 218 steps before witnessing the magnificent limestone and rock formations inside.

there are some rest area between a series of stairs to get some rest and see the beautiful landscape cagayan valley has to offer.

staaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiirrrrrrrrrrrsssssssss!!! hehehe.

this white rock welcomes all travellers after conquering the 218 steps.

It has a natural cathedral located at the first chamber, which was turned into a chapel by the local people. The conditions inside the cave causestalactites and stalagmites, particularly in the deeper chambers.

Every chamber has natural crevices, which let light get into the cave, serving as illumination for the otherwise dark areas of the place.

This Chapel, being featured in many tourism ads and postcards, is the main attraction of the cave , the 2nd chamber turned into a cathedral by the locals. The place draws a dramatic picture as the skylight illuminates the hall through its opening.

4th Chamber, at the back you'll see the narrow passages leading to the deeper chamber

Its time for some rock formation to capture your attention

an opening in the 4th chamber, although it is not that nice in the picture, but in reality, it is full of tree branches and some vines decorating the opening.

the dogs head in the lower left corner.

Take a look at the horrifying face of a monster, hehehe

Some images of extinct and pre-historic animals.

Dolphin's head,
the Dog's head. looks like wanna get up in the sky.

some stalagmites along the tracks.
The cave's main opening/entrance. in the left corner, a group of geologist digging for something to reveal the true age of the cave or digging for some evidence in their studies.

The path along white rock leads to the stairway.

A moment for the photoshot opportunity. Mororan (Minoran) River cuts the rainforest

The trail leading to the Main entrance of the Callao Cave Eco Tourism Zone Gate.

the hallway leading to the river view deck and port.

The Mororan river besides the valley of Callao cave.

located at the eco tourism zone main entrance, list of services that Government of Cagayan Province offers to their visitors.