Ifugao Houses (Philippines)

Ifugao Traditional Houses: A Springboard for Re-energizing Culture, Preserving Landscape, and Support for Household Resiliency

Where we are

The Ifugao Rice Terraces (IRT) in the Cordillera Central mountain range in Northern Luzon is one of six UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the only Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) by the FAO in the Philippines. In this beautiful agricultural landscape, you can find the Ifugao traditional houses. Practices that surround their construction and use are steeped in cultural and spiritual rituals. These are central to maintaining the connection between the Ifugao people and their ancestral ethnic heritage, which has been passed on through generations.


However, the gradual erosion of Ifugao culture is symbolized by the continuing decline of the formerly ubiquitous traditional houses, which is perhaps the most tangible symbol of Ifugao culture.

By enhancing the community’s appreciation for Ifugao traditional houses – in terms of both functionality and physical features – they hope to revitalize cultural awareness and practices. At the same time, they aim to help sustain traditional house-building techniques, practices, and rituals to ensure that an important part of the Ifugao cultural heritage is handed down to younger generations. The goal is to strengthen the cultural resilience of the indigenous community that built this unique and valuable landscape.

Rural Heritage

Ultimately, with the support of RURITAGE, heritage-led regeneration strategies and successful solutions can boost the development of a resilient Ifugao household and the long-term sustainability of the Ifugao Rice Terraces.