Benguet: Amgaleyguey Vegetable Terraces

Located in Barangay Amgaleyguey in Buguias, Benguet, Amgaleyguey Vegetable Terraces is a little known place of culture and history.

Overshadowed by the fame of the Ifugao Rice Terraces, the Amgaleyguey Vegetable Terraces is rarely visited by tourists. As a matter of fact, you won't see it in any travel blogs or tourist books. To those who have seen this place, they could attest that it is equally beautiful as its counterparts in Ifugao. What makes it unique is the obvious fact that vegetables are the crops planted on the terraces instead of rice. What makes it more unique are the above ground tombs that dots the terraces like dandruff on a green shirt from a distance.
A perfect view from the view deck

The culture of burying relative on the terraces dates to the Pre-Spanish Period. Practicality would suggest that since  the indigenous people live on mountain tops, it would be a great burden to transport a deceased loved one down a mountain for burial. What they did instead was bury them in their backyards. Evidently, this culture is still practiced until today, not only in Amgaleyguey but also other parts of Benguet and Mountain Province.
Can you see the tombs on the terraces?
There it is... 
Now, if you're going to ask me if that has an effect on the crops, my simple answer is "They eat their own harvests. Go figure." Speaking of harvests, cabbages and carrots are the common vegetables planted in the terraces. The ones harvested here are twice the size of those sold in Manila. Go figure...
The Amgaleyguey View Deck

The best place to view these picturesque terraces is at the Amgaleyguey View Deck. It is located at the side of the Bukod-Kabayan-Bugias-Abatan Road. Although no tours would bring you here, you can still get a chance to see it when you go to Sagada from Baguio or vice versa. I got the chance to see Amgaleyguey Vegetable Terraces when we were going back home from our Sagada Tour. Our van driver made a short stopover to show us this beautiful place. 
Serves as a romantic backdrop

Overall, the local government should aggressively promote their place by creating tour or adventure packages. For sure, a lot of people would want that.

Getting there:

No travel tours would bring you to Amgaleygey, you only get a chance to see it when you go to Sagada from Baguio or vice versa. I got the chance to see Amgaleyguey Vegetable Terraces when we were going back home from our Sagada Tour. Our van driver made a short stopover to show us this beautiful place. 


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Comments

  1. Very nice.
    I want to visit many of the places you mention on your blogs, when I return to the Philippines, specially around Cavite where I can ride my Rusi.
    All the best.
    Luis https://www.youtube.com/my_videos?o=U

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    1. Hi Luis! Thanks for visiting. Nice youtube videos! Will consistently watch it.

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  2. This is amazing Sir Neil. What a life to enjoy. You have great photos and an article too. You have me reading till the end. Looking forward to more of your future blog entry:D God bless!

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting my blog Claire. =) Your comment made my day. Thank you so much again!

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  3. Thank you for visiting my hometown :) Wonderful pictures 😄

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    1. You're welcome! You have such a beautiful home town!

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