Day 8 (Tues) - long drive back to Manila

Trip Start Dec 21, 2008
Trip End Jan 08, 2009

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

While everyone was packing up to leave, a few of us learned a few more of the Ifugao culture from the hotel manager, Tess. Apparently the Banaue View Inn was originally owned by Dr. Henry Otley Beyer, an American Anthropologist who spent most of his life in the Philippines studying the Ifugao culture. With the acceptance of the Ifugao people, he helped bring the rice terraces to its popularity. During his stay he met and then married an Ifugao woman, Lingayo Gambik. Together they had the first American-Ifugao child, Bill.

Our interest in the Ifugao culture led Tess to take us out back to the property's Ifugao's House and the rice terraces the Beyer Family still own that landscape the mountains behind the hotel. Afterwards we quickly viewed the Banaue Museum, located on the Hotel premises.

Since yesterdays trip to the View Point was foggy with zero visibility, we tried to go back up the hill in hopes to get a better view of the rice terraces. Today there was less fog but it still was difficult to get a overview of the terraces. We did a little more souvenir shopping that lined the View Point area and then headed back down the mountains back towards Manila.
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