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Panoramic photo by Edwin Karganilla Jr. EXPERT Taken 00:28, 07/02/2012 - Views loading...


Batad Trail

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The Batad trail typically looks like this.  Easy to moderate trail, rolling and minor assault. Actually the only assault would be the "stairways to heaven" which is approximately 400 concrete steps from the trail to the saddle.

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A: Batad Saddle

by Edwin Karganilla Jr., 60 meters away

The view from the saddle of Batad.  It takes approx 1 hour jeepney ride from Banaue Town to this jump...

Batad Saddle

B: Welcome To Batad

by Edwin Karganilla Jr., 1.1 km away

The Batad Community welcoming the guests for the "Bachang" -  A restoration project of Batad rice ter...

Welcome To Batad

C: Bachang Canon

by Edwin Karganilla Jr., 1.2 km away

Bachang Canon

D: Batad View Point

by Edwin Karganilla Jr., 1.2 km away

At the View Point, the entry to Batad, this is where you will find the different places to stay, such...

Batad View Point

E: Rice Terracies of Batad, Philippines

by Luca Candela, 1.2 km away

Rice Terracies of Batad, Philippines

F: The View Deck at Simon's Inn, Batad

by Edwin Karganilla Jr., 1.3 km away

The View Deck at Simon's Inn, Batad, Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines My favorite hill-side guesthouse in ...

The View Deck at Simon's Inn, Batad

G: Batad Rice Terraces, Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines

by Edwin Karganilla Jr., 1.5 km away

Traversing Cambulo Village to Batad.  This is the view from the upperdeck, a sweeping panorama downward.

Batad Rice Terraces, Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines

H: A rest hut in Batad

by Edwin Karganilla Jr., 1.6 km away

Mang Ben's Hut in Batad, Banaue, serves as refuge to one of my photographer friends.  It was cold tha...

A rest hut in Batad

I: Traversing The Paddies Of Batad

by Edwin Karganilla Jr., 1.6 km away

As the clouds started to creep in, we trekked to higher ground hoping to get a good vantage point and...

Traversing The Paddies Of Batad

J: Early Morning Batad

by Edwin Karganilla Jr., 1.7 km away

Early Morning in Banaue.  One can see smoke and fire from the village and surrounding houses.  Time t...

Early Morning Batad

This panorama was taken in Philippines

This is an overview of Philippines

The Philippines are an archipelago of more than seven thousand islands off the southeast coast of Asia. Only half of these islands have been named and roughly one thousand are inhabited. Look at how beautiful they are! People first arrived here from the mainland around 25,000 B.C. by crossing a land bridge which existed at the time.

The name comes from Ferdinand Magellan of Portugal, who explored the Philippines in 1521. He claimed them in service of Spain, naming them after Prince Philip. Spain controlled the Philippines for the next 350 years until the Philippine Revolution of 1896.

Here's a picture of Fort Santiago, where the national hero Jose Rizal was imprisoned prior to his execution. He was a poet and novelist who supported peaceful reform, rather than violent revolution, against the Spanish government.

This is one of poems in which he describes the creation of the world, as a gift to his mother:

"Say they that tell of the world, the first dawn of the sun, the first kiss that his bosom inflamed, when thousands of beings surged out of nothing, and peopled the depths, and to the heights mounted, to wherever his fecund kiss was implanted"

Violent revolution broke out anyway and the Philippines changed hands from Spanish, to American, to Japanese control over the next fifty years. Following World War Two they finally became an independent republic.

Back to the beautiful ocean! You can dream about the Cafe Del Mar resort next time you find your screen saver kicking in when you're still sitting at the desk staring blankly. There's a series of DJ mixes with this title but I don't know if it refers to the same place. I would not be surprised.

Annnnd to really get you buying your plane tickets...

the sunset over Borocay White Beach!

Text by Steve Smith.

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