Banaue Local Customs

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    Ifugao Kids is not much different than the others

    by shavy Written Jan 24, 2015

    The Ifugao children is the same as other Filipino kids. They look as normal children in Philippines, happy as a normal kid. Those children are used to see foreign visitors daily in the area, unliked in some places in the Philippines, that hardly visited by white tourist and the childrens out look is never the same. But here in Banaue the kids never look to a white guy, it was for them like one of inhabitant. Those kids playing on the street in Bangaan are looks happy and adorable.

    As what we heard from our guide, the children of the hills needed encouragement as they come to school. Gaming consoles are unknown to those kids. If you asked them what they need, they will answer slippers, bag, notebooks, pencils, crayons, small things that we just taken for granted at times just because we have them whenever we need. If you happen to talk or play with those children their smiles and laughter will enveloped you with gladness so sincere of happiness.

    Adorable Ifugao kids
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    The way people living in the village

    by shavy Updated Jan 24, 2015

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    Bangaan village is another beautiful place for trekking in Banaue, the beautiful rice terraces can also be admire, walking from the main road to the village is about 1 to 1.30 minutes depend how fit you are. The Bangaan village has no luxury of life people are all farmers, the income came from the rice.

    Wandering around I really feel pity for those people, the way they live and the way how they ran a daily life. Okay I understand, while we are living in a different world with so much luxury. They are managed to live this way and surely happy the way they are. But as tourist is painful to see the situation. I can compare the life here and the one we saw in Sapa Vietnam

    Honestly we like Banaue Philippines, local people were so brave and cordial. While the village people in Sapa were so annoying and constantly bothering us. The inhabitants of Bangaan are so happy the way they are living, and used to visitors. Imagine the village receive dozen of visitors everyday. People in the villages are so friendly and welcoming

    The village of Bangaan is a small community, everyone's are helping each other. There is a shed where they grind rice for their daily used. Some of them has no kitchen inside while they do dishes outside with a little shed. They live in a very simple life and a very happy people

    This is kind of kitchen in the village
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    Ask permission before taking picture inside

    by shavy Updated Jan 22, 2015

    During our wandering in Bangaan was so nice that we're able to see this Ifugao house, I was curious to see how the space inside because outside it looks very tiny. We're lucky there were one house open and we can take a photo inside but we ask a permission to our guide if it's okay to take some picture inside and he said yes, go ahead

    When I was planning to this trip in Banaue we're considering of sleeping in one of homestay in Banaue, but we're doubting because going there is on foot and I was traveling with suitcase and I don't think it will be easy to get to the place. The way to get there is made for backpacker only.

    To see if the hill tribes are home or not:
    - if the owner is home the step ladder stood on the ground. The step ladder is the way to go up and go down. - if the owner is not home the door is closed and barricade the door with a step ladder

    What we saw inside one of the house, here is a family with children, two big mattresses on the floor and two small on the upper, it looks really good. The attic is a place for the stuff. Recently most of the Ifugao people don't want to live in the native house, because the house is only good for 10-15 years and after the period of time they have to build a new house.

    That's why many local in the villages build more regular house and they find the modern home better that native

    I also noticed that on the door there were always a sign of animal, I ask the guide about it, he said the Ifugao people were very superstitious belief. The sign protects against bad spirit. The people in the village were good in their English, they receive dozen of visitors everyday and this way they learn the language more and more. The of village of Bangaan is very small community as I remember our guide said there were about 150 people living here

    Native Ifugao house Ifugao Native House Barricading door Inside the netive house
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    Odd Ifugao's Oral Health Practices : Nga-Nga

    by Pinoy_Traveller Updated Mar 10, 2008

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    Ifugaos have long regarded this conspicuously odd health practice, chewing Nga-nga as a way of life.

    This entails chewing of Moma - a melange of scraped portion of oblong nuts called betel nut (pronounced: bee-tel) with lime paste, sometimes with a piece of cured tobacco and wrapped in heart-shaped leaf.

    This is then perpetually chewed (oh yeah) at least once a day to fortify tooth strength and keep the oral cavity from bacteria. The odd thing about this practice is that the person is refrained from swallowing nga-nga and therefore spews out this visually unpleasant brick-red colored material almost anywhere possible (Define anywhere possible?: It’s anywhere without people).

    Lucky you if they notice that you are there down below....

    Consequently, Ifugaos are on the way to painting their town red... :-)

    The Moma or Nga-Nga (Sorry... a bit queasy)
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    Ifugaos: American Style Hospitality

    by Pinoy_Traveller Updated Mar 10, 2008

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    Where in the Philippines can you find a tribe that speaks English? Answer… only in Banaue. Yes, although Ilocano (a Philippine dialect) is widely spoken, it was hilariously unbelievable to find yourself talking to a deceivingly clad native who speaks English in the remotest part of the Cordillera highlands. Not only that, if you say ‘thank you’, be prepared to hear a common response that goes ‘you’re welcome’. Remember, this is one of the remotest part of the mountainous region…

    Ifugao Mom and Son
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    Rituals

    by reeya Written Oct 30, 2007

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    The Ifugaos have a lot of rituals and cultural practices. The rituals would mostly involve invoking of spirits of their ancestors or nature gods. Some of these rituals are done privately but if you are invited to witness one, by all means go and observe. Ask permission before snapping your camera. On more common Christian occasions like weddings, baptism, etc.. anyone is invited. No one will care if you don't know anyone related to the hosts. Just be prepared to be part of everyone's photo albums though.

    locally called Bulul or the rice god smiling back is not such a hard thing to do is it?

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    Say HELLO with a smile!

    by utchie Written Dec 29, 2006

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    Locals here in Banaue are very friendly and accomodating.. You'll find them smiling most of the time, youngsters almost always greets hello or hi as you pass by..

    (We were in a jeep on our way to Batad and our 4 foreign co-passengers are simply amazed and really enjoys waving back to everybody).

    So if you notice them looking at you, just smile and greet!

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    Skulls and Bones ... decorative pieces

    by myspices Written Nov 3, 2006

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    The skulls and bones of hunted monkeys, buffaloes, deer are hung at the entrance of the Ifugao house. Asked if these are hung to ward away evil spirits, the Ifugao lady said that they are actually hung as decorative items ....

    Decorative pieces at entrance of Ifugao house
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    Drying Stalks of Grains

    by myspices Updated Nov 3, 2006

    Almost each family along the rice fields will dry their stalks of rice this way - tie them in small bundles and spread them either on any concrete slabs or on a mat placed along the road. It 's rather fun to see pigeons having a great fill from the drying grains.

    Stalks of rice are bundled up to dry everywhere
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    What's that red stuff ......

    by myspices Written Nov 3, 2006

    If you happened to see lots of patches of red stains on the concrete, do not think that it's blood stain. It is actually the spit of those locals who love to chew the betel leaves with some kind of white paste. Old and young love to chew on them and this will cause their teeth to be brick red in colour. When chewing these betel leaves, they salivate a lot and thus spit out on the floor. According to them, it is addictive because chewing these leaves with the paste brings out certain sensation and it was said that it refreshes the teeth...

    Stained concrete steps
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    Dance Show

    by Dyesebel Updated Apr 30, 2006

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    If you are going to Banaue and staying in Banaue Hotel, makes sure it's weekend, because there's a cultural show.You will learn about different types of dances, tribes and tradition of the Ifugaos.And it's really very interesting and entertaining.
    As u see in the picture, women's traditional skirts are not the same.It is because those class lines are marked with appropriate symbols of social deference.
    From L-R: A skirt with white band in the middle(Kadangyan)=owns tracts of land and other material possessions
    A skirt with just black and white stripes(Nawatwat)=poor families,no land or property
    A skirt with colorful stripes(Natumok)=less affluent or middle class
    In spite of class divisions,kinship remains to be one of the powerful integrating forces in society

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    Ifugao Cultural Show

    by bike_packer Written Dec 1, 2005

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    During weekends, the Banaue Hotel showcases the Ifugao customs and traditions by holding a Cultural Show at the hotel's lobby. Very educational, as well as entertaining. Local customs, traditions, rites, dances, songs/musical instruments.

    Guests should never miss the join-in dancing with the dance group at the finale. Great photo-op with traditionally-dressed Ifugaos.

    Cultural Show Photo-op after the show.
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