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Traditional Rice Farming Methods and Practices of the Igorot Aplai Tribes of Sagada, Mountain Privince, Philippines

by Manuel G. Gayao
(Baguio City, Philippines)

stumping the grasses on the fied harvesting rice by traditional method

Documentary Idea: Nestled about 5,000 ft above sea level, Sagada is located 150 kilometers from Baguio City, north of Manila, Philippines.


It is one of the best tourist destinations for both foreign and local visitors due to its panaoramic views like caves, hanging coffins, under ground rivers, rice terraces, water falls, and its unique culture. But this unique culture is gradually deminishing due to the effects of many religious denominations, tourism, commercialization of the economy, migration, intermarriages and the non appreciation of the young generation of their culture to name a few.

Sagada relies mostly in agriculture for its survival where
terraced rice farming is the main source of living. Secondary to this are vegetable production, small orchard and tourism.

Farming, especially rice, revolves around cultural traditions and practices. This project will document the traditional rice farming method and practices/activities involved in this cycle. It will also include the traditional tools used and the cultural rites/rituals practiced before, during, between and after the harvest

The goal of this documentary to preserve the cultural heritage of Sagada as well as to educate the young generation and other peoples of other communities locally and internationally and appreciate the unique culture of Sagada.

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Jul 12, 2011
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Is this documentary in the works?
by: Desktop Documentaries

Thanks for posting your documentary idea.
I see the camera man in one of the photos. Is this a documentary that is currently in the works? If so, where are you in the process of making your film?

Jul 12, 2011
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Tradituional rice farming
by: manuel gayao

Hi there! That's me holding the camera. This is a project I am documenting at present regarding the rice farming system of the Igorot Ibaloi Tribe of Benguet province also in the Philippines. This is more on their Ibaloi Language since it is a dying langauge these days. We use their rice farming system as an intrument.

Thanks a lot for the comment.

Jul 12, 2011
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thank you
by: Desktop Documentaries

This is a very interesting, Manuel. Thank you for sharing. Please send us a YouTube link when you have a trailer or documentary finished and we'll get it posted!

Jul 13, 2011
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Traditional Rice Farming
by: manuel gayao

Hi everyone, This idea cropped up since I have observed that our very own culture is gradually diminishing as I stated above. These beautiful culture must be preserved for the next generations to come. This documentary if finished shall educate the young for them to appreciate their culture and maybe improve some of it. But I am afraid this idea will remain to be just an idea since I do not have the capacity to fund the project since I am just a freelance.

In this atmosphere I hope that through the DESKTOP DOCUMENTRIES, some altruistic individuals or groups will be willing to support and fund this project This project however requires about 200 pesos (Philippine currency). Any amount contritbuted is highly appreciated.

Thank you and God Bless.

Jul 13, 2011
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How to donate?
by: Desktop Documentaries

How should people donate if they are interested? With documentaries, it's best if people can donate through a reputable non-profit organization. Do you have an organization you can partner with who can act as your "Fiscal Sponsor"?

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Jul 15, 2011
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Traditional rice farming
by: manuel gayao

Hi, In my latest comment, I placed there 200 pesos which I am very sorry about. It should be 200,000.00 pesos (Philippine Currency) Any donations can be coursed thru CULTURE FOR PEACE AND PROGRESS NETWORK,INC. with:

Bank Acount Name: Culture for Peace and
Progress Network, Inc.

Bank Account Number: 000481 - 13416 - 5

Name of Bank: Allied Bank
Baguio City Branch
Center Mall, Magsaysay Avenue
Baguio City, Philippines

Thank you very much.

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