Aside from the beaches and waterfalls, Biliran has more to offer. On our way to chase the waterfalls, we passed by some interesting land formations that the local farmers here use for planting rice. The Iyusan Rice Terraces can be found in Barangay Iyusan in the municipality of Almeria, just 20 minutes away from the capital town of Naval. We pass through these rice terraces on our way to Bagongbong waterfalls.
Over the years the Iyusan Rice Terraces have become a scenic attraction. These minute version of the world’s famous Banaue Rice Terraces of the Ifugaos lies on mountainous terrains where each terrace threads on the mountain’s innate slope.
These terraces were built to efficiently make use of the land in Biliran for rice production. It only shows how the people of Biliran effectively utilized their land resources which are mostly rugged and mountainous. Truly, it is a showcase of ingenuity and resourcefulness of the province’s local farmers.
The rice terraces are not just confined within the town of Almeria, there are also similar rice terraces in other municipalities. It may not be as grand as what I saw in Almeria but they are still equally stunning.
I’ve never been to Ifugao (yet) and this is the closest I could get to see rice terraces. :)
Another must-see visit in the province is the Mainit Hot Spring, located in Barangay Villa Vicenta (Mainit), municipality of Caibiran. Known for its healing prowess, the hot spring offers a natural pool with warm water where tourists can take a soothing dip to relieve tired and aching muscles.
One can also enjoy the sulfuric steam rising out of the natural hot spring, which is said to have medicinal content that provides a calming and soothing relief.
Take pleasure in dipping into its warm water believed to be good for arthritis, rheumatism, and skin allergies. Just be sure to test the water first before plunging in.
This is part of my solo weekend adventure in the province of Biliran last September 3-4, 2011. Dubbed as "undiscovered paradise", I was able to see great sights and panoramas such as waterfalls, islets, hot spring and rice terraces. Biliran is the 35th province on my list and this weekend adventure is my 9th solo trip. A side trip to Tacloban City, Leyte (my 36th province) is an added treat for this great weekend adventure.
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