MANILA – A Canadian family has donated to the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver a replica of an Ifugao nipa hut they bought as souvenir six years ago from the Banaue Rice Terraces.
James and Marnie Stewart said their visit to the Philippines composed of trips to Donsol, Sorsogon, Puerto Princesa, El NIdo, and then up north to the Banaue Rice Terraces.
With the help of a local guide, the couple embarked on a week-long trek to the rice terraces, passing through Ifugao villages.
In returning to Canada, they carried with them a replica of the Ifugao nipa hut and a native bag hand-woven from the fabric of a tree bark.
According to the Stewarts, they will always treasure the happy memories of their brief vacation in the Philippines, which they consider as the “land of the friendliest people in the world”.
Vice Consul Rogelio Villanueva Jr. thanked the Stewart family for their donation and assured them that the nipa hut has found a good place in the Consulate General where it will become part of its Filipiniana collection.
The nipa hut or bahay kubo has been known as the traditional house of indigenous Filipinos before the Spanish occupation. It has also helped portray the Filipino spirit of “bayanihan”.