Nestled in the heart of the Cordillera Mountains, the Rice Terraces of the Ifugao people have stood as a testament to sustainable agricultural practices and ingenious engineering for over 2,000 years. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is not just a breathtaking wonder of the world, but it also holds the key to revitalizing indigenous wisdom in the global fight against climate change.

The Ifugao people have long relied on folklore as a source of values and good practices, using age-old wisdom to manage their rice paddies and protect the environment. These stories have been passed down through generations, ensuring the preservation of the terraces and the rich cultural heritage of the Ifugao people.

Today, as the world grapples with the effects of climate change, the Rice Terraces offer a shining example of sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship. By integrating traditional knowledge with modern practices, the Ifugao people have been able to maintain their terraces while mitigating the impacts of climate change on their region.

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Mark Steve Manzano

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