The Banaue Rice Terraces are a great example of a living cultural landscape that can be traced as far back as two millennia ago in pre-colonial Philippines. They are the result of efforts of the Ifugao minority community that has occupied these mountains for thousands of years and passed on their skills from generation to generation. The Banaue Ifugao Rice Terraces represent an enduring illustration of an ancient civilization that has survived despite modernization. The rice terraces of the Ifugao have been built to follow the contours of the mountains. The knowledge handed down from one generation of Ifugao to the next, sacred traditions, and a delicate social balance have created this beautiful landscape that expresses the harmony between humans and the environment.