Rice terraces boost eco-tourism of Miagao, Iloilo

May 21, 2015 4:56 am 

By Richelle Jean E. Nacita

MIAGAO, Iloilo, May 20 (PNA) — This southern town of Iloilo province most of the time is associated with its church that has been included in the World Heritage List.

But, Miagao is not just about its church, it also takes pride in its awesome and unique eco tourism spots that truly enthrall sightseers such as its rice terraces.

Situated in Cabalaunan village, its panoramic terraces over its 500-hectare rice fields with beautiful terraces carved in perpendicular slopes will surely engulf the mountain climbers.

The serenity of the place is what makes it more mesmerizing and a perfect place of destination.

Its mud walls beautifully contouring the slopes protect pond fields that are maintained through an elaborate irrigation scheme.

The Miagao rice terraces were built with minimal equipment, mostly by the meticulous hands of its inhabitants in order to adapt to its mountainous environment.

According to Isidro Moscura, Jr the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) coordinator, the promotion of Miagao rice terraces and other various eco tourism sites was one of the priority of Mayor Macario Napulan in order to boost the eco- tourism as well as to protect the timberland or forest land area of Miagao.

In order to boost the promotion of the eco tourism and make it more accessible to the tourists, the mayor has a project regarding the road development, he said.

Nowadays, people won’t find hard to reach the peak of its destination as the concept of tourism highways and eco trail going to different eco tourism spots especially in Miagao Rice Terraces was eagerly developed.

The Miagao rice terrace is not only attractive to domestic tourists but it is more attractive to foreign visitors who come from different places.

As it is one of the tourist destinations in Miagao, the number of visitors had increased especially during summer and holy week.

This eco-tourism site will not only boost the economy of Miagao but is expected to put Miagao in world tourism map. (PNA)

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