Mayoyao rice terraces provide a breathtaking panoramic view of the villages and hamlets of Mayoyao. The Abfo’or are domed-shaped Burial Tombs, found only in Mayoyao and use to house the bodies of the town’s ancient warriors and elite.
At night you may enjoy an impressive cultural show around a Bonfire, with unique native clothes, special instruments and Great coffee!
The locals built the rice terraces covered with stones, what helped them preserve the terraces for thousands of years, and protecting them from Typhoons that visits the Ifugao area during rainy season.
*Upon arrival to Mayoyao you will meet your local guide, the guides are English speaking and very knowledgeable with Mayoyao history and the different tourist sites.
You may enjoy many attractions in Mayoyao from Rice terraces trekking thru Native houses up to Burial Tombs that can be found ONLY in Mayoyao.
1. Mayoyao Rice Terraces
Mayoyao has extensive, centuries-old, stonewalled rice terraces dotted with Pyramid-shaped Mayoyao native houses. UNESCO declared the Mayoyao rice terraces a “Living Cultural Heritage Site” in 1995.
2. The Abfo’or
The Abfo’or are domed-shaped Burial Tombs, found only in Mayoyao and use to house the bodies of the town’s ancient warriors and elite. Construction of the Abfo’or, done with bare hands and crude implements, is a testimony of the Mayoyao people’s stone-working technics. Seven of these tombs exist in varios barangays of Mayoyao.
3. The Native House
The native Mayoyao house is a sturdy tetrahedron or Pyramid structure, perched on four wooden posts and composed of parts carefully fitted together, without the use of a single nail. American anthropologist Otley Beyer, Declared the first pre-fabricated house in the world, as unique as the Igloo of the Eskimos.
Several of them exist in Mayoyao. Some have cultural and historical relevance, while others are as yet unexplored.
5. Mountain Peaks and Ranges
Mayoyao is home to some beautiful and historical ranges and peaks, perfect for trekking and mountain-climbing. These mountains surrounds the central portion of Mayoyao, Safeguarding it from Typhoons. Forest with a lush variety of flora abound in these areas.
6. The Lumagig Stone
The Lumagig stone is a big boulder supported by a smaller stone, and despite its precarious position atop a rock, it has defied gravity for the past decades. According to the legend, the deities have placed the Lumagig stone in its current location, and that for as long as the Stone stands, the Mayoyao people will remain strong and happy.
7. The Waterfalls and Pools
Enchanting waterfalls and pools, clear pools can be found behind canopies of trees a long mountain slops. The most notable of these are the Tenong, Mahencha, Muntuytuy-ub and Hecheng waterfalls.
8. The Viewpoint
Various vantage points abound where visitors can appreciate angels. The viewpoints are the Saddle, Chu’it, Chumang, The Akakoy Park, Mt. Nagchajan and Tomo.
This mount was the site of several fierce battles between Japanese troops, under General Tomoyuki Yamashita, and the combined forces of the Filipino and American soldiers during World war II. The mountain has several caves, as well as stoned-walled trenches and foxholes.
From Mount Nagchajan you may enjoy a view point of amazing rice terraces, on your right and left spread all over!
The General Emilio Aguinaldo Stopover
This is where General Emilio Aguinaldo, President of the first Philippine Republic, rested for a couple of days, while escaping the pursuing American soldiers during the Fil-American war in 1889.
Mayoyao is a 4th class municipality in the province of Ifugao, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 16,722 people in 2,917 households. The municipality Mayoyao is seated about 21 km north-east of province capital Lagawe.
Mayoyao is politically subdivided into 27 barangays.