Batad is a very tiny village only accessible by foot. We started the journey to Batad in Banaue with a stop in Bangaan. After several pit stops we hopped out of our Jeepney and began trekking in the misty rain up the Batad where we were staying for the night at a local homestay.
While the hike isn't too long (around 45 min) it was a bit slippery in the wet weather conditions so we took our time and slowly made it to Ramon's Homestay - a special place in the middle of the rice terrace amphitheater known as Batad.
We had quite a unique experience as Ramon's sister had just recently passed away - and following the Ifugao Tribe traditions - the whole family had come from near and far to celebrate her life together in the small village.
Our group chatted over local cuisine (and rice wine!), observed funeral traditions, and took in the stunning rice terrace surroundings of Batad.