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STAY IN A NATIVE IFUGAO HOUSE
There are many lodging options for visitors to Batad, most of which are quite inexpensive. Rooms can be had for as little as P300 a night. One place, Ramon Homestay and Restaurant, even offers a night in one of four Ifugao houses.
Batad's terraces are stone walled unlike the earthen walled terraces in other areas.
There are neither roads nor vehicles in the Batad valley and so the only form of transport is the human leg. Virtually everything, from bottled water to sacks of cement, enters the valley on the backs of residents walking its many footpaths. You can reach Batad via jeepney from Banaue to the Saddle, a low point on the rim of mountains surrounding Batad and from where the footpath to town begins. VISITING AND STAYING IN BATAD WILL BE AN UNFORGETABLE EXPERIENCE!
Here are some views of the Batad Valley: CLICK ON PHOTOS TO SEE FULL SIZE
The spectacular stonewalled terraces and the 30-meter high Tappia Falls.
Underside and topside views of the Ifugao houses. They are hard to photograph because the thatch roof covers the entire interior living space. There is much more interior space than one would imagine because of wall niches and second floors in the interior. Sad to say these architectural wonders are fast disappearing from the area. They've been around for hundreds of years and are put together with only rattan cordage and wood dowels. There are no nails used in their construction.
The first photo is a view looking downhill from Ramon's restaurant, with the thatch roof of one of his cottages in the foreground and the terraced valley in the background. Notice that the Ifugao cottages appear to be quite comfortable and can accommodate 6-9 people.
Interior views of the Ifugao houses showing the complexity of their construction, always with native materials and no nails.
A tourist tries on an Ifugao woman's dress and poses with Ramon's grandson who is dressed in an Ifugao warrior's loincloth. Take note of the items below the Ifugao house. The house itself is for sleeping and cooking but the area below it is often a working and social zone. See the basket of rice waiting to be "pounded". Also take note of the four posts that hold up the house. There is a large wooden disk near the top of each post so that rodents can't enter the house, much like ships in port will put similar disks to keep pests from getting on board. That's also why the ladder to enter the house is pulled inside at night and the doorway closed.
Here Ramon shows how he uses the wind to separate the chaff from the rice grains. In the other photo his grandson uses a child-sized pounding board to do his share of the household chores.
Here Ramon and his nephew demonstrate the shared rice pounding technique, each establishing a rhythm and hitting the rice in alternate strokes.
WHERE TO STAY IN BATAD
There are several places to stay in Batad so you will easily find a room even if you arrive without reservations.
We do however recommend Ramon Homestay and Restaurant because it's much more than a lodge; Ramon is quite proud of his Ifugao heritage and so his lodging place is also a museum and cultural center. He's eager to show visitors how his peoples' lives center around rice cultivation, how rice is harvested, dried, and then ground in a large mortar and pestle on a daily basis. While they have electricity in Batad they don't use electric mills for grinding rice; instead they prepare it daily in the traditional way by "pounding" it. Lowland rice fields can yield two or sometimes three harvests a year but the highlanders get only one crop annually, and therefore rice is especially dear to them.
Ramon offers a nightly bonfire for his guests during which they enjoy talk and drink.
There are some very large
fireflies in Batad and guests find them pleasant to observe while chatting around the evening bonfire. Be sure to try some of Ramon's fresh-brewed Ifugao coffee! The restaurant has a wide variety of dishes, including vegetarian options.
One of Ramon's Ifugao houses is more than a century old; they last a very long time because of careful construction using no nails and only rattan cordage and dowels to link the hardwood parts. Only the thatch roof needs regular replacement.
While at Ramon's you'll be invited to dress up as an Ifugao warrior or woman for your personal photo collection.
There are no additional charges for these amenities at Ramon's place; you pay for your meals and lodging only.
GETTING TO BATAD
Getting to Batad is quite easy. There is regular bus and jeepney service from downtown Banaue to Mayoyao, a town further to the east. The Batad junction road is right on that route so you can pay just a few pesos to the Batad Junction and then walk up the mountain to the Saddle, then down the path to enter Batad. Neither the upward nor downward treks are overly strenuous for those in normal physical condition. Trikes are also available in downtown Banaue for private hire only to the Batad Junction. The motorcycles are not powerful enough to drive up the mountain to the Saddle. Jeeps are also available for private hire in Banaue and they can climb the mountain to the saddle if you that's your preference. From the Saddle it's a very easy walk into the Batad Valley.
Here are some views of the Batad Valley: CLICK ON PHOTOS TO SEE FULL SIZE
Signs along the footpath into Batad town greet new visitors. Batad residents you meet on the path will invariably show warmth and courtesy by telling you "Welcome to Batad!
A typical Ifuago house, so well-constructed that families can live in them for several generations. It is unique to the Philippines and even the National Museum in Manila has one on display. The other photo shows how rice is harvested and gathered in bundles, then dried in the sun to be later "pounded" and eaten. Each stem of the rice plant with up to 100 seeds is called a canticle. Ramon can explain in detail more about the rice culture when you meet him.
MAP OF BATAD
See a map of Batad and surrounding areas on
Open Street Map. There are other towns in the Philippines with the name Batad so use the search keywords "Batad Ifugao" to find the correct area.
HISTORY OF IFUGAO HOUSES
Batad is the primary outlying destinaton for most visitors. Because of recent road improvements you no longer have to stay overnight in Batad. You can instead leave early from Banaue for Batad, walk the terraces and see Tappiah Falls, then return to your lodging in Banaue.
Learn more about Batad.
Most Malay languages give stress to the second syllable so Banaue is pronounced "Bah NOW way". Similarly Batad is "Bah TAHD"; Hungduan is "Hung DEW an"; Mayoyao is "Mah YO ya oh".
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There is no shortage of lodging in the Banaue area; the above list shows those featured on our website and which have their own pages here. But other options are available:
Randy's Brookside Inn,
Bogah Home Stay,
Lhorens Inn and Restaurant,
Trekkers Lodge and Cafe,
Cristina's Main Village Inn and Restaurant
Koreen guest house,
Pink Banaue Hostel,
Banaue Evergreen Hostel and Restaurant,
7th heaven Cafe & lodge,
Cambulo Country Cabin (in Cambulo),
Hotel/hostel: (In Banaue proper and easily accessible)