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The magnificence of Maligcong’s rice terraces

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Sunrise in Mt. Kupapey. PHOTOS BY MEDEL SABLAYA

If a 12-hour bus ride to Bontoc can test your patience and endurance, going farther than that will certainly challenge your dedication and perseverance to explore more.

Bontoc may not have the popularity of its neighboring towns, but that doesn’t mean it lacks nature’s attractions.

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A more adventurous traveler may find Maligcong extraordinary. It is home to the magnificent Maligcong Rice Terraces, one of the most stunning rice terraces in the region, with the most extensive rice field traverses I have ever seen.

The maze-like rock pathways expand over several mountain ranges and into an isolated, charming spot called Favarey Village, home to most farmers and keepers of centuries-old traditions.

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On a late afternoon, the sky’s reflection illuminates Favarey Village in the background.

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Maligcong rice fields turn golden yellow during harvest season.

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After many attempts, the author finally sets foot on the alleys of Favarey Village, and what a surprise it was.

On foot, it’s easy to get lost around the curved paddies. And a hike atop Mt. Kupapey will give you a spectacular bird’s eye view of the surrounding terrain.

The scene and the atmosphere leave you breathless, you wish you could stay longer and come back for more.

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Children of the rice fields

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Fayyaka Waterfalls in Favarey Village offers a cold shower after a long hike.

The best place to stay and dine is at Suzette’s Maligcong Homestay. Call 09155463557. 
Check bus lines for daily trips to Bontoc via Sagada.

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