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10 Unique Natural Springs in the Philippines

Travel and see the natural wonders of the “the pearl of the orient” – Philippines.

These unique natural springs are natural wonders of the Philippines worth visiting.

Salinas Salt Springs: Nueva Vizcaya

The province of Nueva Vizcaya never touches the ocean but actually deep under, the pressure of the Pacific Ocean pumps out salt through the Salinas Salt Spring, one of the wonders of nature. Located near the boundary of Benguet with Nueva Vizcaya, the Salinas Salt Springs were a source of amazement for the Americans when they arrived at the turn of the century. It was also the source of the salt needs of our forefathers from far and wide.

Tangub Hot Spring: Camiguin

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It is a volcanic hot spring not fully developed a little beneath sea level where a pool is formed by sea stones and corals. Water temperature shifts from cold to lukewarm to warm then to hot as tide changes. Submerge in the warm water inside the pool at low tide and enjoy the cold sea water merging with the hot spring. This rare spring is situated at Naasag, Mambajao – about 12 kilometers west of the capital town; 10-20 meters offshore is ideal for scuba diving.

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Ifugao Rice Terraces: 8th Wonder of the World

Details and compelling reasons why the Ifugao rice terraces is considered the 8th wonder of the world. Find out.

The Ifugao Rice Terraces or popularly known worldwide as Banawe Rice Terraces was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995 because of its great beauty that expresses conquered and conserved harmony between humankind and the environment. This primitive agricultural engineering feat is well known all over the world.

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It was built 2,000 years ago on the slopes of the towering mountains of Northern Luzon, Philippines by bare human hands. If place end to end, it would extend more than 22,500 kilometers, that is, 8 times longer than the Great Wall of China, or more than half of the earth’s circumference, amazing isn’t it?

The Ifugao rice terraces are largely regarded as the “8th wonder of the world.” It is also well known that the Banawe and other Ifugao rice terraces were built without forced labor, unlike the other Seven Wonders of the World, which employed slaves.

Ifugao rice fields are worthy of high rank among the wonders of the world. There are places where they reach from an altitude of 2500 feet to one of 5000 feet, and many places where they extend from an altitude of 1500 feet to one of 4500 feet. Ifugaos must be highly commended for constructing the rice terraces, since they did not have surveying instruments and modern machinery at their disposal.

The rice terraces are more than a sight to behold and an ancient monument-they are actually a very functional agriculture and ecological masterpiece. Likewise, the rice terraces have been producing rice for centuries, showing that the Ifugaos were able to maintain the fertility of the rice fields’ soils and even contain soil erosion.

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