Visit the Open Air Museum in Nagacadan

Experience this unique hike trough the rice fields of Nagacadan in Kiangan and learn more about the ingenuous culture of the Ifugaos.

In the Open Air Museum of Nagacadan you immerse into the world of the Ifugao farmers nowadays and their history. A comfortable pathway leads you through the rice fields, the forests, the villages and over the rivers of Nagacadan. During the walk you will encounter several native houses and granaries where you can experience the Ifugao agri-culture with all your senses; you may listen to the Hud-Hud-Chants sung by the Ifugao women while harvesting the rice; you read about the different Ifugao rituals, closely correlated to the rice cycle – the basis of the Ifugaos livelihood; you enter a native house to know the traditional way of live; you try yourself to tie the rice bundles and make them ready for storage or to carv a Ifugao ceremonial figurine called Bulul. At the same time you’re surrounded by this unique landscape of the GIAHS and UNESCO World heritage site of Nagacadan. You’re accompanied by a local tour guide, who will explain you the history of the place. You may meet the friendly people of Nagacadan who enjoy to share their stories with you.

Goal and Objectives

The Open Air Museum that will help to establish a sustainable community based eco-cultural tourism industry in the World Heritage Site of Nagacadan, Kiangan contributes to the restoration and enhancement of the tangible and intangible heritage of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, and directly improve the socio-economic conditions of indigenous community that built and maintained the terraces.

1)  To have an organized and controlled open-air museum in Ifugao that will present a microcosm of the Ifugao culture to visitors at the least intrusive manner.

2) To assist local communities in the development and management of community based eco-cultural tourism activities.

3)  Strengthen institutional capacity and provide the needed training for barangay officials, local guides and indigenous communities that focuses on sustainable community-based eco-cultural tourism development.

4)   Ensure that a Heritage Conservation Fund from a portion of tourism revenue is re-invested into cultural enhancement and socio-economic improvement programs for terrace farmers.

5)  To promote and market the Open Air Museum as an eco-cultural destination that embodies its values as a living cultural landscape.

The Open Air Museum will give the visitor a sense of being in situ and at the same time be less intrusive in the regular way of life in the living cultural landscape of Nagacadan.


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