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    Posted April 27, 2012 by
    Mandaluyong City
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    Eye on the Philippines

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    I took this photo of an Ifugao woman two years ago when I went to see the Banaue Rice Terraces, a world-famous tourist spot located in the Ifugao Province, Philippines. She was sitting together with several other old Ifugao women who were calmly watching the tourists admiring the rice terraces when I approached her on impulse to ask for her photograph, which she gladly obliged.

    The Ifugao people are skilled farmers who built the rice terraces themselves and were once feared as head-hunters just like the other mountain tribes in Northern Luzon, although this practice has ceased a long time ago. Their fiercely independent spirit as a people has made them resist the threat of foreign invaders for several hundred years and allowed them to preserve their rich culture which continues to grow and prosper up to this day.

    Today, more than the beautiful and breath-taking surroundings, the warm hospitality of the happy and friendly Filipino people is what makes the Philippines a truly wonderful place to visit.
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