Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Kalinga- Apayao is one of the 4 provinces consisting the Mountain Provinces. The other 3 are Benguet, Bontoc, and Ifugao. Although all of these four are categorized as "The Mountain Provinces", there are distinct cultural differences of one province that identifies it from the other.

Some of the best scenic spots in the Philippines are found in these provinces. Kalinga - for the Chico River and Mt Patukan - where the Sleeping Beauty Lies, Benguet is where the second highest peak in the Philippines is found, and Ifugao - where the well known - Banaue Rice Terraces nestles.

The Banaue Rice Terraces - is considered by Filipinos as the 8th Wonder of the World. This formidable structure had survived hundreds of years and stands as a monument to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the native farmer who had built layers and layers of rice paddies, atop mountainous terrain.

Just like the Pyramids of Egypt, one would marvel how bare hands - with minimal equipment(stone and clay) - could erect a complex structure such as these.

Although The Banaue Rice Terraces is not found in Kalinga, Ifugao is considered a good neighbour, and anything pertaining to "The Mountains" is considered Kalingan.

Allow me to introduce the Lady responsible in taking these pictures.

These pictures were photographed by Jenn of Jenn Was Here
who so generously allowed me to use them in this blog.

Although Jenn is an indoor person, she was persuaded to join a summer trip around Northern Philippines.

Jenn and an Ifugao Wood carving

Her favorite color is violet but her personal paraphernalia are in red. (Don't ask me why). Her artistic side has many facets - photography (let the pics convince you), she can cross - stitch; she can also create cards for persons she care about. Right now, she is into scrap-booking. (Jenn, how could you have enough time for all of these? and you are also into blogging!).

There is this one liner that indicates this lady has her childlike insouciance intact; she says :" My eyebrows are still virgins. They haven’t been trimmed or plucked yet."

Jenn, thanks again and more power to you!

For more pictures and articles, visit her blogs at:
Jenn Was Here
Shutter Happenings
Le Kulitszie Familie
Memories By Jenn


Freezine said...

Wow! Stunning nature pics. How much more if I am there watching it myself. Maybe I forget to breath.

It reminds me of the Ifugao epic "Hudhud hi Aliguyon" wherein two equally talented warriors fought for 3 years. Hmmm. Maybe you could relate us the story here.. hehe.

Jenn said...

Awww... it feels so great seeing myself in another blog! I am so touched! The Banaue trip is the next thing to blog for me, so I hope you guys will get to read my article, too! It will be up tomorrow (Thursday, 12 June 2008, at about 9PM Philippine time).

Thanks Jena!

Jena Isle said...

Hi Freezine, I would have to research on "Huhhud.." Perhaps I will, in the succeeding posts.

I have never been to Ifugao, but I have seen enough through pictures and I agree that it is a breathe-taking view.

Jenn, for allowing me to use the pics you photographed, you deserve to be featured along with them. I will drop by your blog to read your article. Thanks again.

Happy Blogging.

Anonymous said...

Outstanding, both the photos and the place itself!

Jenn said...

jena -- just tell me which of the pictures you'd like me to send, along with your email address and i will send it asap. =)

take care!

Jenaisle said...

Thanks Jenn, it is okay, next time na lang. So I can use it at a latter date.

Take care too and God bless.

Liza said...

great photos! our country is truly blessed with these wonderful sites, i hope to visit all of it someday.

have a blessed weekend.

lispeth said...

hello, thanks for the visit.

infinitewebprofit said...

Great Pictures about one of the best beautiful place.
But why is it that the banaue rice terraces is not nominated in the New 7Wonders of Nature?

Jenaisle said...

Liza, thanks for the visit. Yes, it would be an adventure visiting these awesome places.

Lispeth, thanks for the visit too. Good blog you have. Keep it up.

Hi infinitewebprofit, probably because we were not quick enough to do so? I think there is a new online voting going on. Thanks for the visit. Blogging about web profit must be a daunting task. Kudos to you.