When Tupac Shakur was cremated following his 1996 death, his ashes weren’t kept in an urn on someone’s mantle.The rapper’s former group, The Young Outlawz, claim that they smoked Shakur’s ashes because that was his wishes, based on the lyrics of one of his songs.
Amazing! This is one of the adjectives often used in describing this ancient Philippine wonder - the Banaue Rice Terraces. Built approximately more than 2,000 years back, this ancient architectural feat has withstood the test of time and still is. This monumental structure has been true to its purpose. Ancient Ifugaos - the natives of the Ifugao province where this magnificent structure is located built this layered rice paddies for rice production. The stepped rice fields are still producing rice for its people until today.
Dedicated workers toiled for years in building this one-of-a-kind structure. Its walls were built of stone and mud, materials abundant in the area. However, without complex building tools, the effort exerted by the builders of Banaue rice terraces is a larger - than-life experience. They spent years of hard labor scraping and piling walls for the rice terraces for decades. Their efforts didn’t go in vain. Today, the man-made terraces still looms on the mountainside where it was built thousands of years ago. It still carries the pride of its builders for centuries.
A National Cultural Treasure
The Banaue rice terraces are just part of the cluster of rice terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras. The rice terraces of Banaue, although it is the most famous among the cluster of rice terraces in the area, did not make it to the standards of UNESCO in selecting a world heritage site due to several reasons. One of which is the modern structures that are starting to alter the natural beauty of the area. It was proclaimed as a National Cultural Treasure by the same organization instead.
Towering thousands of feet above sea level, the mighty rice terraces appears indestructible. In the recent past, however, the younger generations of Ifugaos look as if they slowly forget the heritage and significance of this ancient beauty. Many of the young Ifugaos choose to live in the city right now, away from the natural beauty of the mountains that protect and give them food for thousands of years already. Fewer people are left in the province to take care and continue the ancient tradition of sustainable farming. If this trend continues, the future of one of the most beautiful structures on earth is becoming uncertain. Portions of the rice terraces are now suffering from cracks and other natural damages due to neglect. It is not clear how long will the once magnificent structure to hold on before it will meet its eventual demise.
The vulnerability of the Banaue Rice Terraces was made as a basis by putting it under a protective program called World Heritage in Danger. The terraces stayed under the protective care of the program since it was listed there in 2001. It is a saddening feeling that a once glorious and living cultural beauty is now degrading due to the lack of interest of man. Today, the agency that manages this ancient wonder is just counting on tourism for its rehabilitation. The structure that for a long time has sustained the people living around it is now the one needing sustenance from the people.
“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
life is to ironic
you’ll never know what happen next.
enjoy every moment of it..
A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items on the table in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2 inches in diameter.
He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “Yes.”
“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children– things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter –like your job, your house, your car.
The sand is everything else. The small stuff.”
“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued “there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life.
If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party ,fix the disposal,spend time with family love them.
Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”…!!
As a man was passing the elephants,
he suddenly stopped,
confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only
a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could,
at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.
He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.
“Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and,
at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away.
They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”
The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because
they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.
Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something,
simply because we failed at it once before?
Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.Always have faith in trust yourself….
If you wont,no else will.!!