Rice fields are beautiful. Fertile, green for the most part, lush. No wonder green is one of my favorite colors.
When I go back home to the Philippines I love to take pictures of rice fields.
I remember trying to plant rice when I was younger, and stepping into the muddy rice fields. You have to have strong leg muscles to plant rice the traditional way —- it is very hard work. I would go with my aunt who we fondly called Nanay Lucing, when she brought food to feed the crew of rice planters.
I ended up making an early exit and being pulled back on top of a carabao (water buffalo) when leaches started to feed on my little legs.
Thankfully, that was my first and last time participating in planting rice. The mud was fine, but the leaches…not so much.
There is a well-known Philippine folk song on planting rice and the lyrics go something like this:
Magtanim ay ‘di biro
‘Di man lang makatayo
‘Di man lang makaupo.
The English version:
Planting rice is never fun,
Bending over ’til the set of sun.
Cannot sit, cannot stand,
Plant the seedlings all by hand.
And a literal translation:
Planting rice is not a joke
Just bending all day long
You can’t even stand up
You can’t even sit down.
There are famous rice terraces in the Philippines. The Banaue rice terraces are over 2,000 years old, created mostly by hand on a mountainside, around 5,000 ft in elevation. More information on the Banaue Rice terraces can be found on www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banaue_Rice_Terraces
Here is a lovely quote about rice fields from another old book about the Philippines, published in 1890…
And I agree! Rice fields are beautiful…what do you think?
NOTE: More rice related articles can be accessed by visiting the “Rice, Rice & More Rice” category under the parent topic, The Philippines.
Category includes articles on why the Philippines have to import rice to feed its people, and a rice post popular on Pinterest, with photos of sinangag — the traditional breakfast of garlic fried rice.