Our first glimpse of the island of Bohol’s most famous residents came during naptime. Most of the Gizmo-like creatures shut their trademark marble eyes, others curiously peeked at onlookers. One tarsier looked as though he was smiling as he dreamt. The tarsiers’ delicate fingers – a hybrid between those of a frog and human – gently clung to tree branches.
Ifugao tribesman carved them out of the Cordillera Mountains more than 2,000 years ago. Often cloaked in a mysterious fog, the Batad Rice Terraces, located in the north of the Philippine island, Luzon, are often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. If connected end to end, along with neighboring terraces at Banaue and Bontoc, it’s believed that the terraces would reach around the world. Their combined length is about 17 times that of the Great Wall of China.