Title Batad

Giant, emerald green steps that lead up to the endless blues of the sky, Batad is a secluded glimpse into a rich culture and a majestic sight to behold…

Batad Rice Terraces by Catriona Gray | cat-elle.com
Batad Rice Terraces by Catriona Gray | cat-elle.com
Batad Rice Terraces by Catriona Gray | cat-elle.com
Batad Rice Terraces by Catriona Gray | cat-elle.com


Zara Playsuit

Let me introduce Batad; a little secluded gem of a town, tucked away in the mountains of Northern Luzon, Philippines. Seeing the crisp outline of emerald, green stair-like formations peek through the foliage along the 40min hike from the only access road feels like a discovery. The feeling is as if you are peering through a window back in time. Life here has not changed much in the past hundred years. Traditional grass huts sit amongst small modest structures that makeup the small town. Children run up the stairs to make it to school, as there are no roads- only roughly cobbled pathways and the edges of rice terraces. Unlike the Banaue Rice Terraces, the town of Batad sits cradled at the mouth of very defined, stone-walled rice terraces. The result is a well preserved, secluded piece of paradise. Of course, the only way to photograph this post-card worthy landscape was in a red dress – or in this case a playsuit (very handy for scaling the steep walls of the terraces). Standing amongst the rice fields, surrounded by 360 degrees of natural landscape one is captured in a moment of bliss.  Now that I’ve introduced Batad to you, its about time you introduced yourself. 

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  • Anonymous
    March 29, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Beautiful red lady in the middle of rice fields. Wow wow wow

  • Anonymous
    February 22, 2018 at 3:29 pm


  • Dennis
    May 7, 2018 at 10:02 am

    The lady in red is dancing with me, cheek to cheek
    There’s nobody here, it’s just you and me
    It’s where I want to be
    But I hardly know this beauty by my side
    I’ll never forget the way you look tonight
    I’ve never seen you looking so gorgeous as you did tonight
    I’ve never seen you shine so bright, you were amazing

  • Anonymous
    December 18, 2018 at 5:50 am

    My hometown with our beautiful miss Universe 💞🌿🍃

  • rommel
    December 18, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    beautiful scenery

  • George Cruz
    December 19, 2018 at 3:48 am

    I come from the northern part of the PI and thank you for your post about the natural beauty of Ifugao.

  • Anonymous
    January 1, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Beautiful!And congratulation to Catriona.Just a little correction here.Batad is not a town but a “Barangay” of the Township of Banaue.