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8th Wonder Bangaan Rice Terraces Travel Destination

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Bangaan Rice Terraces 8th Wonder Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
For 2,000 years, the high rice fields of the Ifugao have followed the contours of the mountains. The fruit of knowledge handed down from one generation to the next, and the expression of sacred traditions and a delicate social balance, they have helped to create a landscape of great beauty that expresses the harmony between humankind and the environment.

The Bangaan Terrace Cluster in the municipality of Banaue that backdrops a typical Ifugao traditional village that is nestled in amphitheatre-like semi-circular terraces with a village at its base. Rice Terrace Clusters of Banaue: Bangaan with coordinates : N16 57 49.00 E121 13 19.00 Reference
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One Bangaan Road  Morning Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines.
This will be the first part of two series Bangaan Rice Terraces. 

My guide and I continue the travel to Bangaan Barangay via the Bangaan Road. It was a very sunny morning. 

By the way, here's where we previously left off with the link below as follows:

8TH WONDER IFUGAO RICE TERRACES AND HANGING HOUSE 

Bangaan Roads Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
The morning sun just touching the top of the trees as we pass Bangaan Road...
Bangaan Road Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Here's a well-lit view of Bangaan Road which is clearly "etched" at the side of a mountain which is partially blocked by a structure which appears to be a work in progress public waiting shed.
Bangaan Rice Terraces Bird's Eye View 8th Wonder Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
My guide stopped the motorized tricycle here and I quickly went near the edge of the mountain and behold a breathtaking bird's eye view of Bangaan Rice Terraces with the cluster community village below.

Reaching a higher altitude and being built on steeper slopes than many other terraces, the Ifugao complex of stone or mud walls and the careful carving of the natural contours of hills and mountains to make terraced pond fields, coupled with the development of intricate irrigation systems, harvesting water from the forests of the mountain tops, and an elaborate farming system, reflect a mastery of engineering that is appreciated to the present.

Bangaan Rice Terraces UNESCO World Heritage List Marker 8th Wonder Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Before proceeding to Bangaan Rice Terraces you won't miss this sign which reads ...

"BANGAAN RICE TERRACES
The rice terraces cluster in Barangay Bangaan, Banaue was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in December 1995 as a Living Cultural Landscape. Inscription in the Heritage List confirms the exceptional universal value of the rice terraces as a cultural landscape which deserves protection for the benefit of all humanity."

The Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras were declared National Treasures in Presidential Decrees 260:1973 and 1505:1978. The terraces are likewise protected by the Republic Act No 10066:2010, providing for the protection and conservation of the National Cultural Heritage.

Bangaan Rice Terraces The Sackpack  8th Wonder Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
I spotted something out of the ordinary where a local Bangaan local with her improvised what I call a sackpack "backpack". You won't just get lost since there are many redundant signages. 
Bangaan Community Trail Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
I continue to follow a paved downward trail ...
Bangaan Elementary School Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Again, to confirm that you are in the right place, you won't miss Bangaan Elementary School which was closed since it was a weekend.
Bangaan Rice Terraces Landscape View 8th Wonder Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
I have to run down the trail as time is of the essence. I made a quick stop to take this beautiful landscape of Bangaan.

The rice terraces are a memorial to the history and labour of more than a thousand generations of small-scale farmers who, working together as a community, have created a landscape based on a delicate and sustainable use of natural resources.

The rice terraces are an outstanding example of land-use that resulted from a harmonious interaction between people and its environment which has produced a steep terraced landscape of great aesthetic beauty, now vulnerable to social and economic changes.

Bangaan Rice Terraces the Shed  8th Wonder Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
How ironic seeing a cool shade whilst I am also under a mountain's shade. 

The terraces illustrate a persistence of cultural traditions and remarkable continuity and endurance since archaeological evidence reveals that this technique has been in use in the region for 2000 years virtually unchanged. They offer many lessons for application in similar environments elsewhere.
Bangaan Rice Terraces Landscape Shade 8th Wonder Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
It's quite cool to be on this shaded portion of Bangaan ... 

The Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras is an outstanding example of an evolved, living cultural landscape that can be traced as far back as two millennia ago in the pre-colonial Philippines. The terraces are located in the remote areas of the Philippine Cordillera mountain range on the northern island of Luzon, Philippine archipelago. While the historic terraces cover an extensive area, the inscribed property consists of five clusters of the most intact and impressive terraces, located in four municipalities.  They are all the product of the Ifugao ethnic group, a minority community that has occupied these mountains for thousands of years.

Bangaan Rice Terraces Communty Cluster 8th Wonder Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Ethno-indigenous cluster community is a unique feature in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) due to the terrain. In the future, I plan to document the community more thoroughly by staying for a day or two and do a cultural immersion of this place. 

The maintenance of the living rice terraces reflects a primarily cooperative approach of the whole community which is based on detailed knowledge of the rich diversity of biological resources existing in the Ifugao agro-ecosystem, a finely tuned annual system respecting lunar cycles, zoning and planning, extensive soil conservation, mastery of a most complex pest control regime based on the processing of a variety of herbs, accompanied by religious rituals.
Bangaan Rice Terraces Landscape 8th Wonder Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
I took this uncluttered landscape shot ...

The rice terraces are a dramatic testimony to a community's sustainable and primarily communal system of rice production, based on harvesting water from the forest clad mountain tops and creating stone terraces and ponds, a system that has survived for two millennia.

Bangaan Rice Terraces 8th Wonder Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
The Ifugao Rice Terraces epitomize the absolute blending of the physical, socio-cultural, economic, religious, and political environment.  Indeed, it is a living cultural landscape of unparalleled beauty.

Pride of place and culture, including the long term commitment of its indigenous Ifugao stakeholders, shall ensure the sustainability and conservation of this living cultural landscape over time.

Till next blog ... Part 2/2 Bangaan Rice Terraces.

-fin-


8th Wonder Ifugao Rice Terraces and Hanging House

Saturday, July 22, 2017


Banaue Rice Terraces NFA - Aguian View Deck Dawn Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
My guide and I arrive at the National Food Authority (NFA) Banaue Rice Terraces Aguian View Deck/Point. The importance of traveling very early before dawn paid off as I got a beautiful image during morning dawn. Here's  the "8th Wonder of the World"- The Ifugao Rice Terraces which is human engineering feat believed to have been completed in 2000 B.C. Banaue Rice Terraces was made by hand onto the mountainsides of Ifugao which depict Filipino ingenuity and has withstood time through the centuries.


Banaue Rice Terraces NFA - Aguian View Deck Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
At the National Food Authority (NFA) Banaue Rice Terraces Aguian View Deck/Point where a poem inscribed in cemented patch ... 

"IFUGAO
O Land of beautiful rice terraces
Like stairways reaching the blue
We pledge our hearts in true devotion
To work for the best for your sake
O land of Hudhud and the Alim
As sung by forebears of old
There stands the Hagabi of Kadangyans
and rich cultures we proudly own."

Banaue Rice Terraces NFA - Aguian View Deck Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

The Driver Ifugao Banaue Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
After coming from a brief photo documenting activity at the National Food Authority (NFA) Banaue Rice Terraces Aguian View Deck/Point, ---- (check on my previous blog link below) my guide and I head quickly back to Poblacion, Ifugao for Bangaan Rice Terraces.


Chango Point Banaue Rice Terraces Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
There are also other spots where to view the Banaue Rice Terraces like the one we passed by located at Chango View Point pictured above.

One Banaue Saturday Community Street Market Morning Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
I told my guide to stop at this place where the magnet of human interest just attracts me to take pictures. Along Banaue Rice Terraces viewpoint is an early morning livelihood activity where the best locally Ifugao handmade crafts, etc., takes place only during Saturdays. I asked my guide and he said that this is called a "Saturday Community Road Market Encounters"
Handmade Wooden Handicrafts Banaue Saturday Community Street Market Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Various Ifugao locals unpack handmade/homegrown wooden carvings from sacks.
One Ifugao Morning Banaue Saturday Community Street Markt Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
If you're an early morning person, you'll get the best handcrafted local products (handicrafts, basketry, etc.,) as they are highly sought out/fast moving and very limited production inventories which are only prepared for this one weekend.
Handricraft Street Haven Banaue Saturday Community Street Market Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Just a piece of advice, please don't haggle for lower prices. Buy/support the Ifugao/Cordillera local homegrown products at their given retail price. By doing so will spur the growth/development of world class products and pays for time/effort of hard-working ethno-indigenous people's livelihood. As tourists/visitors, please don't even try to haggle on the issue of price since the products are already very affordable. It will not help the local people in uplifting the supply chain by haggling for lower prices. Kindly support the booming local trade/industry by buying local Filipino products  (e.g., Ifugao One Town, One Product) first. 
Banaue Saturday Community Street Market Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
It's a family thing wherein Ifugao locals accompany their parents/relatives who are mostly handicraft sellers. Young Ifugao lads also excel in woodcarving.
Wooden Handicraft Sellers Banaue Saturday Community Street Market Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Sometimes, the meet-up (buyer and seller) is already a predetermined event wherein an order was placed say, last Saturday and it is just for pick/up and already a closed sale during this day. It was now just a matter of inspecting the woodcarving and paying the order to the buyer.
Wooden Handicrafts Banaue Saturday Community Street Market Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
There are varieties of wooden handicrafts like miniature Ifugao Dukligan "fertility" hut replicas and wooden jugs/canisters with woven assemblies.
DN's Eatery Handricraft Street Haven Banaue Saturday Community Street Market Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
One important thing that I've learned when visiting unfamiliar places is to take photos of business names, trade marks, landmarks, posters, banners, etc., in the area. These will all serve as guides/markers when later trying to figure out my event timelines. In this particular case, the DN's eatery pictured above which was still closed during that time of day when the Saturday Community Road Market encounters was taking place helped me a lot. I run a search using Google maps and I got lucky. So, I was able to upload my pictures to benefit the whole world using the virtual map. 

Humbly, as of writing, I am presently a Google Local Guide Level 6. You can check on my previous blog links below if you're interested in becoming one


Views Banaue Bangaan Road Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
When in Ifugao, anywhere you look at say, right side ... are green rice plantations.
Banaue Bangaan Road Views Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
At another view now to the left side, is another rice plantation.
Rice Fields Banaue Bangaan Road Views Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
As fresh morning mountain air blows, it was a welcoming sight Ifugao has to offer.
Terraces Banaue Bangaan Road Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Again, here's another Ifugao rice terraces community.

Hidden Terraces Banaue Bangaan Road Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
This one is a rice terrace which does not have a name. You won't miss this beautiful undisturbed landscape when you're on your way to Bangaan.
Hanging House Bangaan Road One Ifugao Morning Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
At this juncture, I told my guide to stop the motorized tri-cycle so I can take this quick shot of what looks like a house at the edge of the road. 
Nearing the Hanging House Banaue Bangaan Road Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
My guide confirmed that this is a famous spot and dubbed the ... 

HANGING HOUSE OF IFUGAO 

Literally a definition of  "living on the edge" which is a physically hanging house located approximately around 12 kilometers away from Banaue Town (Poblacion) and very near Bangaan Rice Terraces.
Hanging House Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
This is a unique oddity dubbed as "The Hanging House of Ifugao". A cliffhanger experience.

Supergirl at Hanging House Banaue Bangaan Road Ifugao Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Upon closer view, the Hanging House is a handicraft souvenir shop.
Betel Nut Revelation One Ifugao Morning Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Here's a quick side scene where an Ifugao local showed me his betel nut stash. Chewing betel nut produces a red residue which is spat out and considered an eyesore. Anti-spitting of "moma- betel nut" laws/ordinances were enacted and began to be enforced in the municipalities of Ifugao in 2010.
Chewing Betel Nut Stash One Ifugao Morning Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
I remember my late grandma who died of old age of 80 as she was into betel chewing. On that note, here's a Betel Chewing reference/link I stumbled upon :



Hanging House Detalls Ifugao Morning Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
After a short chit chat with the Ifugao local guy who's into betel nut, I went straight towards the back of the Ifugao Hanging House ...

View From the back of the Ifugao Hanging House, Dalican Viewdeck Rice Terraces

and lo and behold - a hidden/unknown rice terraces view. I made a research on Dalican Viewpoint as it's located in another area in the Cordilleras. I was pressed for time so I was not able to ask the locals running The Ifugao Hanging Souvenir Shop/House why they call this site also a Dalican View Deck.

The Chicken One Ifugao Morning Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Before leaving the area, here's a goofy scene wherein I was waiting for the chicken to cross the street, however, the chicken didn't budge but stood frozen. Lol!  The Ifugao locals were all looking perplexed at me. 


Till next blog in which I will be featuring - Ifugao's Bangaan Rice Terraces.

-fin-


Vegetable Porters La Trinidad Benguet & Baguio City

Monday, July 17, 2017


Cabbage Sorter Trading Post La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

On an everyday basis, human interest as a subject matter in the realms of photography is not that hard to find however, executing a candid photo-documentation is a challenge especially when you are in the thick of farm-to-market activities which constantly happens in the vegetable trading post & public markets in La Trinidad, Benguet.


La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post is a "green grocers produce hub" which is located at Km 5, Pico La Trinidad, Benguet. La Trinidad's 16 barangays, the largest in the province, namely: Alapang, Alno, Ambiong, Bahong, Balili, Beckel, Betag, Bineng, Cruz, Lubas, Pico, Poblacion, Puguis, Shilan, Tawang, Wangal  and encompasses the totality of the acronym BLISTT which stands for Baguio - La Trinidad - Itogon - Sablan - Tuba - Tublay regularly conducts its daily veggie/fruits farm-to-market confluence.





Parking Area La Trinidad Public Market Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
I begin my photo-documenting activity at the front area (loading/unloading area) of La Trinidad Public Market beside the Puguis Wangal Motorpool Buyagan Jeep Terminal and make it a point to arrive early 7 to 8 am in the morning and catch the action. Otherwise, if you start at around 10 am-11 pm then you won't get much of the trading post main activities and that the weather changes quickly from fair to fog banks/rain situations which usually starts around 12 noon and up in the afternoon. 
Hardworking Porter Trading Post La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
There are different forms of local, homegrown livelihood that exists and aside from vegetable sellers and vegetable haulers/porters who make their daily rounds unloading/loading produce coming from farm-market deliveries. It's a backbreaking job especially for porters however, most Cordillerans have been trained since young age to do this kind of manual labor.
Woven Produce Tiklis Basket Trading Post La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
The signs of active farm to market activities prevalent in the area are represented by a woven basket in Ilokano vernacular called "Tiklis" where vegetable/fruits are efficiently stored/contained.
One Selling Morning Trading Post La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
At the La Trinidad Public Market just in front of the main service road going towards the Provincial Benguet Capitol are where vendors who display/sell fresh fruits/vegetables.
Trading Post Vegetable Depot at La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post workers conduct vegetable loading/unloading from farm-to-market delivery transports, cleaning, sorting, bagging, labeling, weighting and orderly stacking at the back of the transportation's (trucks, jeepneys, vans, etc,) container/storage.  
Cabbage Loaders La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines


Vegetable Haulers Trading Post La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Vegetable Produce Pick-Up Trading Post La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

VEGETABLE BAGGERS

Starting Young Bagger Helping the Family Business Baguio City Public Market Hanger Section Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Family owned/operated vegetable produce business involves both young and old. Here a bagger trained at a young age, volunteerism and cooperation is imbued as important trait regarding the importance/value of work/livelihood.
Vegetable Baggers Hard Working Hands Potatoes Trading Post La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
From plastic woven sacks,  legumes e.g., potatoes are placed by hand in plastic wraps and weighted by vegetable baggers.
Vegetable Produce Bagger Baguio City Public Market Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
A vegetable sorter cum bagger pick from (pre-sorted sizes e.g., sxl/xxl/xl) and wraps them into plastic clear bags which are picked up later by vegetable porters.
Vegetable baggers make sure that the produce is well "bagged" in plastic and properly marked/labeled. The baggers kinda act as last quality control point persons.
Vegetable Dealers Trading Post La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Vendors at the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post sell at retail price monitored veggies which are composed of the following: Cabbages, Wombok, Broccoli, Potatoes, Carrots, Chayote, Celery, Leeks, Radish, Ginger, Cucumber, Zucchini, Beans, Lettuce, Garden peas, California/Chinese Bell Pepper, Sugar beets. 

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a Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post is a central hub where the commercial selling/buying transactions in wholesale (bulk orders) to vegetable dealers are conducted. There are no public biddings. I hope someday a well-trained journalist will be able to conduct a proper due diligence the beginning-middle-end of how vegetable commercial transactions are performed. 

VEGETABLE CLEANERS


Vegetable Worker Trading Post La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Vegetables like e.g., fresh Wombok are manually cleaned by hand by removing dried up/excess/loose leaves.
Cleaning of Cabbages La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines


Vegetable Cleaners at Vegetable Trading Post la Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philipines


Cleaned Stacks of Fresh Brocolli Inside La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region

Cabbage Lettuce Chayote Depot Trading Post La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Well bagged in plastic and weighted chayotes awaiting to be loaded into delivery trucks and a woman carefully dumps cabbages at a cleaning area for processing.
Fresh Vegetable Cleaner Trading Post La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
A woman cleans vegetables removing dried up/damaged vegetable parts which are later bagged and others wrapped with newspaper and re-packed using big plastic wraps.
Vegetable Cleaners Trading Post La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Lettuce Cleaner Baguio City Public Market Hangar Section Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Vegetable Workers at Trading Post La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Haulers, porters below and sorters/stackers/loaders above.
Vegetable Produce Workers Benguet Trading Post La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Some workers noticed my presence as the flurry of fast paced vegetable trading post activities continue in the early morning. Fresh cabbages are stacked evenly at the back of trucks for delivery to the different points of destination. 
Vegetable Produce being Stacked Trading Post La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
It's a given to most photographers (enthusiasts/professionals) know that quality of light is best early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Use it to your advantage.
Vegetable Workers Lettuce Sorters Loaders Trading Post La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Women stackers arrange fresh Wombok for delivery. When done this truck will be wrapped and secured by waterproof cover/material.
Vegetable Workers Trading Post La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Fresh cabbages being covered with a waterproof material and bound with a rope which is top loaded on the delivery jeepneys by vegetable stackers.
Plastic wrapped and properly weighted vegetables are carefully loaded on trucks with closed/open containers. 
Vegetable Produce For Delivery by Jeepney Trading Post La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippine
Philippine jeepneys usually modified ones like these ones share commonalities in design.  Pictured above is a La Trinidad jeepney and below is a Baguio jeepney.
Vegetable Produce For Delivery by Jeepney Baguio City Public Market Hangar Section Cordillera Administrative Region Philippine
Jeepney drivers/operators subcontract their jeepneys to vegetable dealers depending on agreed transhipment points/destination.
Baguio City Market Hanger Vegetable Produce Section Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

LA TRINIDAD/BAGUIO CITY PORTERS

One of the secrets of effectively/efficiently moving vegetable produce, market delivery orders is the use of handmade wooden/modified carts by local porters in Ilocano vernacular called "Comboys". In my own words, i dub Baguio/La Trinidad porters as "hidden dragons, crouching tigers". What they do is likened to martial arts which is dependent on the heavy rigors of physical discipline/exercises. Comboys or local porters are composed of men (young and old) who are into the livelihood of delivering farm-to-market goods, vegetable produce, items, etc., from one transhipment point to another.  
Vegetable Produce Porter Trading Post La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Vegetable porters do heavy manual labor of carrying/hauling vegetables. They get paid on the spot contract (verbal) basis to whoever seeks their services
Fully Loaded Vegetable Produce Porter Carts Trading Post La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Vegetable porters wait their turn to load into delivery trucks.
Porter Old Dangwa Bus Terminal Rajah Soliman Street Baguio City Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Porters "comboys" are also usually seen at bus terminals unloading various deliveries from passengers who contracted out their services. Pictured above and below are porters busy transporting at the old Dangwa bus terminal (now GL Trans) in Rajah Soliman Street, Baguio City.
A Porter Old Dangwa Bus Terminal now GL Trans Raja Soliman Street Baguio City Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Porter Trading Post La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
You won't miss local porters/comboys esp. in front of the La Trinidad Public Market loading "tiklis" wooven handmade baskets filled with vegetable produce.
Porter Cart Chayote Vegetable Produce Parking Area Trading Post La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
A vegetable porter immediately heads towards his cart loaded with plastic bagged fresh chayote vegetables for delivery inside the La Trinidad public market. 
Porter Vegetable Produce Baguio City Public Market Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Porter's carts are designed to carry heavy loads of farm produce.
Porter Fresh Carrot Produce Trading Baguio City Market Hanger Section  Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
A time tested traditional designed porter's cart all handmade with wooden frame, wooden wheels coated with rubber. Most Baguio City porter carts remain unchanged in design.
Baguio City Porter Cart Official Cargo Plate Baguio City Public Market Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Baguio City porter's cart is registered and receives "duly accredited transport plates" mounted at the back-end of the carts. The wear and tear marks of the porter's transport plate is a sign of fast paced activities related to the public market.
Delivery Porters Session Road Baguio City Cordillera Administrative Region
Porter carts not only move about in the market alleys, vegetable trading post areas but also they regularly ply major streets/roads. 
Porter Carts Abanao Baguio City Public Market Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
During a porter's day off, you can see their cars parked somewhere, usually chained or have it watched by neighbors/locals in the public market area.
A porter taking a break early in the morning
A porter's cart can also be used as a make shift bed during breaks when esp. when porters are waiting for deliveries/customers to avail of their services.
Stacked Porter Carts Baguio City Public Market Hanger Section Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
When awaiting for deliveries, porter carts can be stacked vertically.
A Modern Porter's Cart Lemon Produce Trading Post La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
La Trinidad porter carts have evolved and transformed in time. I am surprised of the ingenuity of hardworking porters who even have cart versions which sport steel frames/"chassis" and car wheels and have higher carrying/load capacities. 
Porter Mordernized Improvised Cart Trading Post La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

One Morning at Trading Post Porter La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
La Trinidad porter as seen above with a modified cart with the same wooden frame but now equipped with car wheels.
Porter Hauling Recycled Cartons La Trinidad Public Market Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Baguio City Market Porter Carts and Children Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Shoot Abanao Steet Baguio City Public Market Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
In one of photography sessions which I humbly lead/participate with my photography Mukha ng Baguio colleagues/friends on an annual basis is the Scott Kelby Annual Worldwide Photo Walks ... and I once highlighted Baguio City porter's carts as backdrop with a model.
Fully Loaded Porter and His Cart Baguio City Streets Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Baguio City porters deliver from the Baguio City Market to the nearest bus stations. Porter's carts have brakes located near the back of the wheels. When the cart is released at an angle, a rubber brake hits the ground and slows down a cart. This porter cart braking technique is usually employed when going downhill. The weight of the cart together with the rubber padding located at the back will slow and put the cart to a halt. The direct relationship of farm to market produce (vegetables/fruits) and the different forms of exsting local livelihood (porters, haulers, sorters, baggers, etc.,) is a sign of the vitality and changing dynamics of trading posts and public markets of La Trinidad, Benguet/Baguio City and the Cordillera Administrative Region. If you happen to be in Baguio City/La Trinidad and you have market goods, vegetable produce to be delivered say, to the nearest bus terminal, always consult/hire the services of a local porter "comboy" and at the fastest time everything gets delivered without a scratch.   

Vogue Italia Market Shadows by Avianquest a.k.a. Peter C. Florendo
Humbly, images of local porters and their carts can even land you in an international photography portfolio.

Thanks for visiting. Have a great day! 😎
Till next blog.