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HIWANG NATIVE HOUSE INN AND VIEWDECK
Banaue, Ifugao 3601, Philippines

Noel Balenga, proprietor
+63 926 434 3030 / +63 918 240 3464

Hiwang Native House Inn and Viewdeck is on a high point overlooking the Banaue and Hapao valleys, giving you a panoramic view of the entire region. It's on the road to Hungduan but there is only one jeepney daily in either direction so we recommend that you hire a trike to take you there. It's best to arrange with the driver to wait and then take you back to Banaue proper.

This lovely place is perfect to just hang out and relax, walk the grounds, even to have a picnic. There are seven native houses which you can inspect up close and even rent for an overnight stay if you wish (P300 per person for a group of four).

Lodging conditions are somewhat rustic however with inadequate bath facilities and no dining room.

This site is unique in that it's a park and recreational area with lovely grounds to enjoy and relax. The authentic native houses are fast disappearing from the region as people try to modernize their lives but Noel and his family have tried to preserve the ancient ways by keeping the Ifugao houses as they once were. The site also has a museum with a large collection of artifacts which respectfully show the ways of the family's ancestors.

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One of the seven native houses on the grounds. A view of the Banaue Rice Terraces.
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The first photo shows the entrance to the Hapao Valley in the distance. The second photo is a view of downtown Banaue from this mountaintop.
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Yes indeed, you are seeing human skulls here! And they are probably among the last heads ever taken by the Ifugao people. This was not from the inter-tribal warfare in the old days but from World War II. Noel says these are skulls of Japanese soldiers, which certainly seems to be a plausible explanation since they are much lighter than the older and much darker skulls in the background.
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BATAD! 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.
PRONUNCIATION: 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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