LOOK: Could This Be Another Wonder of the World?
Belle Piccio | Sep 29, 2015
The Antique Rice Terraces is a living legacy of the indigenous people of Antique called Iraynon Bukidnon.
Antique, one of the provinces in Panay Island, is home of the indigenous people called Iraynon Bukidnon.
The Antique Rice Terraces is located in Brgy. Fullon and the rice field covers about 600 hectares of land. According to the oldest living Iraynon Bukidnon, 90 year-old Nanay Elena Rubite-Gomez, the rice terraces was built around 1925-1930.
Going to the rice terraces is not easy. The trek starting from Brgy. Iglinap, Valderrama going to Brgy. General Fullon, San Remegio will take at least 5 hours depending on your group’s capability. You’ll have to pass by 5 mountains so it requires not only strong leg muscles but also patience and great physical endurance.
When you reach the Iraynon Bukidnon village, you’ll be captivated of the vast green rice fields and the simple livelihood of the community. The village is far away from the busy city-life and its is a perfect escape for people who would like to enjoy nature, listen to the calming sound of the wind and experience how to live a slow-paced life.
(All photos are courtesy of katahum.com. Book your tours only with credible local guides.)
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Iloilo (estimated cost of PhP3,000++, round trip, one hour). You can also opt for a bus trip (estimated cost of PhP875++ per head, air-conditioned bus and boat fare, 17 hours plus).
Antique is accessible from major cities of the country through Iloilo City, from where buses leave for San Jose, the province's capital town. Travel time is approximately two hours.