BANAUE, Ifugao - Until now, Smith Ordillo takes good care of their family's native Ifugao house passed on to them by their ancestors. Ivatan House, Batanes Islands. Picture Kalinga Octagonal House, Cordillera Region. Picture Isometric, Ifugao House. Picture. Notice the traditional houses seen on the rice terraces in Ifugao. These houses stand on a world-renowned location yet they can certainly hold.


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However, due to financial constraints, these structures become actually permanent dwelling place.


A more permanent, durable and elevated family house is called 3 bale. Basically a one room house with an attic for storage, it rather looks like an elevated pyramid-like structure supported on four wooden post, or tukod.

A more thorough examination reveals an ifugao house engineered domicile that is able to withstand natural calamities like typhoons and even earthquakes.

Built from indigenously found timbers, they are mortised, pegged and tied together without the use of nails or bolts.

Typical Ifugao house - Picture of Banaue Rice Terraces, Banaue - TripAdvisor

Today these houses are more commonly called Ancestral housesdue to most ancestral houses in the Philippines are Bahay na bato. Bale[ edit ] The Ifugao houses called Bale were usually similar in architectural designs but they differ in decorative details depending on the tribes. Their houses were harmoniously located with the contour of the Rice Terrace.

The one-room house of the Ifugao commonly know to them as fale. The exterior of the house seems to be nothing but a pyramid resting on four posts, while the interior space is enclosed by slanting walls and ceiling that appears to be spherical that are formed by the loft. The Ifugao house is sturdily crafted of timber from amugawan trees raised on four posts, which was buried 50 centimeters below the ground and locked in ifugao house stones.

The four wooden posts that rest upon the pavement and support two wooden girders, which also supports three wooden transverse joists. The floor joists, floor silts, vertical studs and horizontal beams rests on the post and girders at about head level from a cage.

The floor boards were fitted between the joists.


ifugao house The wooden sides of the house slant outward and rise up to the waist, this forms the lower half of the wall. The upper half of the wall is formed by the inner side of the roof. This creates a dark, windowless chamber which suggests ifugao house womb.


The roof system rests on the "house cage". The steeply pitched pyramidal roof is covered with thick layers ifugao house thatch or cogon, insulating the house from the heat of the sun and from the torrential rail.

Typical Ifugao house - Picture of Banaue Rice Terraces, Banaue

It is the ifugao house place of the datu along with his wives and children. There could not be any house larger than torogan of the datu within the sultanate, for this signifies rank, prestige and wealth.

The Maranaos have three types of houses: The existing torogans were built by the community and the slaves for the datu in s. This house of the datu has no ifugao house. It is a multifamily dwelling where all the wives and the children of the datu lived.