Philippines Culture, Kulintang, Banaue Rice Terraces

You can discover a lot about a culture, just by listening to a voice on the telephone. The Philippine Culture is one in which the people have a genuine quality of sweetness and care over the phone.  But voices are not the only cultural vibration coming from the Philippines. The instruments are another special cultural treat. Listen to the Kulintang below.

 

 

The Philippines is made up of over 7,107 islands and is one of the most bio diverse places on the planet. The mountainous regions are mostly rainforests, and have a wide variety of flora and fauna. In terms of biodiversity, it ranks number 10 in the world and is a host for “Around 1,100 land vertebrate species can be found in the Philippines including over 100 mammal species and 170 bird species not thought to exist elsewhere.”

 

The Banaue Rice Terraces are another feature of the Philippines and the beauty they bestow. Bali is not the only place where terraced rice fields exist. Also called Payew, these 2000 year old ancient terraces are so extensive, that is is said that if they were laid out in a straight line, they would circle half of the world. They were said to have been created by hand, and they are at a 5000 foot elevation above sea level. They also have an ancient irrigation system.

 

McCouch S: Diversifying Selection in Plant Breeding. PLoS Biol 2/10/2004: e347.

Banaue Rice Terraces-McCouch S: Diversifying Selection in Plant Breeding. PLoS Biol 2/10/2004: e347.

 

If you want a glimpse into the ancient culture of the Philippines, a trip to the Banaue rice terraces, and a chance to listen to the Kulintang, you might want to read more about the Philippines.  Carmela Lapena gives some insight on Batanes, a far reaching place for the cultural traveler.

Many people have Batanes on their list of must-see places, but keep putting it off because it’s quite expensive to get to the northernmost tip of the country. People think that if they’re going to spend that much, they might as well go out of the country.

 

If you want to read more from GMA’s article, check it out here.

 

 

 

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