Humans of Banaue in Ifugao, Philippines (In Photos)

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Our adventure to Banaue, Philippines was wonderful and eventful — aside from the majestic beauty that we have witnessed in the Banaue Rice Terraces, we also had a very thrilling ride up to these highlands. (Humans of Banaue)

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Travel Guide to Banaue Rice Terraces

But other than the views, we also had a great time just walking around Banaue. We had a chance to observe and mingle with some locals and even played briefly with some kids!

So with this post, I would like to show you photos of the people that we have met and seen in and on our way to Banaue!

Humans of Banaue

On our way up to Banaue, we stopped by this quaint little sari-sari store that was manned by only two people. They were very friendly, that they ended up telling me their life story; in her words:

“His parents died when he was still small—his mother was my sister. No one else was willing to take him in, so even though I didn’t have much, I took it upon myself to take care of him. I had other plans in life before… but right now, I’ll do anything to support him.”

Humans of Banaue: Brave Lady
Humans of Banaue: Little Boy

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Fast-forward to our time in Banaue, I did mention that we spent a good time walking around the town which was a very rural and small community. Other than farming as their livelihood, they also sell wood carvings!

Wood Carving
Ifugao Family
Souvenir Banaue Rice Terraces
2nd Stop: Shop (Wood Carving Ifugao)
Ifugao Wood Carvings Souvenirs
Banaue Community
Farming in Banaue

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By the way, ‘Igorot‘ is the collective name of several Austronesian ethnic groups in The Philippines, who inhabit the mountains in Luzon. Locals of Banaue, Ifugao are one of these ethnic groups and in this photo, they are wearing their traditional attire.

Igorot Ifugao Banaue Local

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After the show of these adults, let’s show the adorable kids! They were very shy around us, especially when we point a camera at them; yet, they were still and always very eager to be in our shots!

Filipina Young Girl
Ifugao Kid
Group of Kids on Truck
Little Filipino Boy
Adorable Kids in the Philippines

“I’m three!”
“No, she’s not!”
“I am!”

Overall

I really enjoyed taking photos of these people since it reminded me a lot of the ‘Humans of New York’ (HONY) project. I actually have a Facebook page inspired by this idea and it’s called ‘People from my Travels; however, I haven’t been updating it as much lately so I hope I could get back to that.

Anyhow, putting this up was quite fun! I had a huge wave of nostalgia and I think that I might just continue putting up these kinds of posts from now on. What do you think?

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26 Comments

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  1. Fiona @ London-Unattached

    what great photos! I do think people make places…

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    • Aileen

      You’re right on that! I hope to make this kind of posts more often. It’s nice to share a part a place’s people too :)

      Reply
  2. Magda

    I love your pictures! I admire people who can take great photos of others, showing their life story without words.

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  3. Inma, A World to Travel

    Amazing gallery! Congrats :)

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  4. Rechito

    Beautiful photos. The spirit of the Filipinos is something to be admired and makes me proud to be one.

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    • Aileen

      Thank you, Rechito. This is why I’m proud to be a Filipino :)

      Reply
  5. Cheryle

    It’s nice to see that their living is simple but peaceful. Also, the place looks fresh! The story of the sari-sari store owner caught my attention, it reminds me of every Filipino. Thanks for sharing this, Aileen! I look forward to reading more stories like this!

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    • Aileen

      Thanks Cheryle! I didn’t have much time to ask for stories from the other people, but it was nice just saying ‘hello’ to them and supporting their livelihood (we bought some wood carvings from the woman who is painting).

      Reply
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