We all know that Banaue Rice Terraces are terraces that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by the ancestors of the indigenous people. The terraces are occasionally called the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. It is commonly thought that the terraces were built with minimal equipment, largely by hand.
In line with that, this specific place in the Philippines is currently viral because of the said video made by Lonely Planet.
Lonely Planet is a large travel guide book publisher. As of 2011, the company had sold 120 million books since inception and by early 2014, it had sold around 11 million units of its travel apps.
The said post by Lonely Planet gained different reactions from the Filipino netizens. The video was posted last March 31, 2019 wherein Lonely Planet mentioned that Banaue Rice Terraces was made by the Chinese, 2000 years ago.
According to ABS-CBN the title of the video is “The World’s Greenest Places” and one of the places featured was Banaue Rice Terraces from Ifugao Province.
“These mud-walled terraces were first built around 2,000 years ago by Chinese,” stated on the description of the video that you can see on the 0:50 time of the whole video.
Lonely Planet removed the video already yet still many netizens got the chance to capture the certain clip that they are saying that Banaue Rice Terraces was made by Chinese.
Here are some of the tweets pertaining to the said issue:
“What an insult to our ancestors @lonelyplanet !!! Banaue Rice Terraces wasn’t made by the Chinese!!! We demand a public apology!!!”
“@lonelyplanet YOU’VE GOT AN ERROR IN YOUR RESEARCH STUDIES. The Chinese did not build the Banaue Rice Terraces. The Ifugaos are responsible for creating them all on their own. Correct your errors, please. It’s annoying to see my fellow Filipinos’ culture being discredited,”
As part of it, Lonely Planet answered the tweets and said:
“Thank you for flagging this, we’ll share this with our editors who’ll take a further look into it. We will share updates/action points on this thread.”