Meet Rita as she cuts gabi stalks

Rita is an Ifugao, a cultural minority group in the country. She lives in Batad and her place in the mountain serves as a traveler’s inn with a terrific view of the amphitheater rice terraces of Batad.  


Wood fire cooking

She is very old and her upper body is bended at the waist when walking (like most elderly Ifugao women). She walks barefoot in the mountain trails aided by a wooden stick. Her countenance has the look of a wise figure with her prominently lined face. She is wise in fact and talks articulately in English (like most Ifugaos, as I’ve noted).


Rita's inn straight ahead

Even though Rita belongs to a minority group, her family and her ancestors made a great contribution in the country’s cultural legacy by building and maintaining a national treasure – the UNESCO inscribed rice terraces.


Rita's traveler's inn


One's view in every moment at Rita's inn


Rita's equally wise husband


Grinding betel nut for chewing and spitting pleasure


Having native coffee prepared by Germaine, Rita's daughter. This spot makes a perfect place to rest after a day's hike in the mountains and rice paddies


2 responses to “Rita

  1. dustfinger7 June 17, 2014 at 3:03 am

    These are absolutely stunning photographs and an interesting look at Ifugao culture. Thank you for sharing!

  2. makadto June 17, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Thank you dustfinger7


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