[Philippines] 360: The changing mountain calendar in Sagada

SAGADA, Philippines – In the small village of the Pidlisan tribe in Sagada, northern Philippines, the mountains and the skies serve as the traditional farming calendar. When the sun rises over a mountain peak in Mountain Province, the elders declare the start of the rice cycle. During the planting season, a series of rituals are performed to bring about a bountiful harvest.

However, global warming is disrupting this farming tradition which has sustained the community for years. The tribe, which has a population of more than 2,500, is looking for ways to save their rice paddies and their way of life. Around the world, more records for extreme rainfall and droughts are being set, often with severe impacts for vulnerable communities, recent studies show.

This 360-degree takes you to this picturesque community whose harvest is now in peril, allowing you to immerse in its plight and culture. As it plays, watch the scenes come alive on your device. Swipe back and forth, move up and down, or rotate the video’s perspective to watch it from all angles. You can also get a virtual reality (VR) viewer or headset, look inside, and feel like you are actually in the scene.


Author’s notes:

  • This is a pioneering immersive form of storytelling in the Philippines. Using 360-degree drone video to document an indigenous practice, it’s the first of its kind in the country.
  • This innovative content was produced in collaboration with fyt.ph and with the support of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA).


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