We, Filipinos, are all aware that the Banaue Rice Terraces are built by the indigenous people from the province of Ifugao. More than our teachers and professors telling us that, it is written in the pages of our history books. But what if someone tells us otherwise? What will you do? Will you throw yourself into a debate match to defend what you have learned, or remain passive and away from the dispute?
In a video posted on Sunday, Lonely Planet, a traveler’s blog site, claimed that the Banaue Rice Terraces was “first built around 2,000 years ago by the Chinese.” The Philippine landmark was amongst other world landmarks that was featured in the video “the world’s greenest places.”
Quickly, netizens picked up the video and complained about it on their respective social media accounts. They expressed anger over the content, considering the current concerns about the ties between the Philippines and China.
On Twitter, a user with the handle @AltPCOOSec, called out the site and mentioned that the Philippine landmark was built by Filipino indigenous peoples, and not by the Chinese.
Other netizens demonstrated their frustrations on Facebook. “This is not funny. . . .in this age of advanced technology they can easily search where the rice terraces are. Is this a joke. . .” one posted upon sharing the news to his timeline.
The controversial video has since been taken down.
Located at the province of Ifugao, the Banaue Rice Terraces is considered to be a World Heritage Site and a natural treasure to the land of the Philippines.
According to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), the Banaue Rice Terraces was built 2,000 years ago by the Ifugaos. Furthermore, UNESCO described the landmark as a priceless contribution of Philippine ancestors to humanity.
“Built 2,000 years ago and passed on from generation to generation, the Ifugao Rice Terraces represent an enduring illustration of an ancient civilization that surpassed various challenges & setbacks posed by modernization,” said UNESCO.
To add, UNESCO said, “The Ifugao Rice Terraces epitomize the absolute blending of the physical, socio-cultural, economic, religious, and political environment. Indeed, it is a living cultural landscape of unparalleled beauty.”
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