Saturday, March 26, 2016

Hiwang Native House Inn and View Deck


It took me some time to post about this wonderful place.
Maybe because I was too selfish to share about it.
I didn't want this place to be discovered because it might get too touristic and spoil the serenity feel it gives me whenever I am here.

Hiwang Native House Inn and View Deck is in Banaue, Ifugao Province.
My first visit here was way back 2012.
 It is a place with a set of traditional Ifugao native houses that you can rent with an amazing view.

Don't be scared of those totems over there.
In the Cordilleras, they symbolizes differently per province.
In Ifugao, this is the rice god. They call it the Bulol.



The native houses are usually high and in order for you to get in, you need a ladder.
To know more about the evolution of native houses, click here. 

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Owned by Noel Dumulag Balenga and wifey Gloria Limangen Balenga.
There are 6 native houses for lodging and 2 native houses for the museum.

For you to stay in the native house, it's PhP1,500 per night for 4 people inside. It can fit maximum of 6 people. Extra head is PhP250 (Rates are subject to change. This is the rate as of March 2016)
It was too expensive for a solo traveler like me so I visited the museum instead.

To go to the viewdeck, there is an entrance fee.



Inside the museum, it was a mix of the owner's antiques that he got from different tribes and handmade carvings.
The Ifugao people are known for their craft in carving.

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Some are collections and some are for sale.

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I sat beside the rice gods.
There were other interesting things to show but I'd rather that you
see it for yourself when you come to visit.
That is, if they aren't sold yet.
(It needs parental guidance he he he)

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The face of an exhausted lady after her trek.
We have something in common. Our eyes and our tummy.
I tried to hide mine.


The water buffalo's horns.


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These are skulls of Japanese soldiers from a tribal war during the Yamashita days.
They were found in Hungduan, Ifugao.


Great place to go shopping here if you have a garden. 
I find them all unique.

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I said I will be back to stay with friends here
(since I can't afford it on my own he he he)

After 3 years . . . 

I brought two friends.



We had a lovely and cozy house.

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You'll have your own place. Your privacy. Your comfort room. Your view deck.

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Once you're inside, you'll be too lazy to get out.



There's only one kitchen.
You have to cook the traditional way. Per bundle of logs is PhP100.



Gellie was the expert in blowing.



Cris was the cook.
I was tasked to cut the cherry tomatoes and work on the sea weeds. (the hardest task I must say)



Globe signal is excellent up here.
Cris and Gellie were too busy with their social media accounts.
While I was busy taking photos.



Everything in this place speaks of nature.







As we were exploring the place, we saw this last native house at the top.



It has an awesome view as well.

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In front of us is the Gohang Rice Terraces.


This place speaks of SERENITY.


This is our favorite house but we did not stay here because we will go hungry.
The kitchen was a little far.
We would be too lazy to get out and cook.




You can also have a bonfire. 
Order the logs for PhP100


That night was perfect.
It was a full moon.






When I woke up, I was greeted with this another awesome experience.
Though this made think . . .
The full moon was there with the sun rays.
But . . .


. . . the sun went out from the opposite side. 
What was the sun rays doing at the other end?



After 3 weeks . . .
Gellie and Cris brought their other friends!

We did an outreach at Gohang Elementary School. The first outreach was a collaboration of D'Project, Cris and Gellie. (Click here to read about it)
Then they brought more friends to share more blessings.


Gohang was near Hiwang so it was mandatory to stay at our favorite place.


Even the dogs are always sleeping.
Though they'll be at your side when you're eating.
Be careful not to leave food around.


Weather is unpredictable in the Cordilleras.
Sometimes it is foggy.


And still foggy . . .

But of course . . .  there would be clearing.
Yes . . . that's Nesa. Doesn't she look familiar?


It can get really cold but when the sun comes out, it could be warm.
Nice warm. Not the Metro Manila warm.


Cris lies down under our native house.
Everywhere we went, we just wanted to lie down and enjoy the weather.


To get there . . . 

There is a scheduled jeepney trip going to Hungduan but that's like late in the afternoon.
You can rent a tricycle or jeepney.

We rented a jeepney. This is Abe.
He usually drives for Kuya Sam, the owner of the jeepney.


Kuya Sam is also a police man. He is the man seated next to the bench.
That's why we always rent his jeepney. When he is not on duty, he is our driver.
We know we're in good hands.
If you need jeepney rental around Banaue and Sagada, his number is 0997.400.8570


This is Art. Grandson of Ma'am Gloria.
When he is not in school, you'll see him around helping his grannies and assisting the guests.


This is Ma'am Gloria.
For reservation, contact 0927.753.8668



We will be visiting this place SOON!



*rates as of March 2016
*photo credits to my travel buddies

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2 comments:

Hi! nice blog! but how can i get to hiwang native house inn? do they have reservation? thanks!

Hi Gracie. Where will you be coming from? From Manila, if commute, you can take Ohayami Trans near Lacson, Manila bound to Banaue. Or Coda Lines near St. Lukes in QC.

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