I can take you a photo. To me?
OK. Good morning everybody. I’m in… I forgot the name. Banaue. So basically I wanted
to make a little resume of what I’ve been doing here until now. I’m in the Philippines,
I’m now in Siargao island, But I’ve been
in the Luzon Islands for 5 days. I went up to the rice terraces with a guy,
his name is Lances. I interviewed him to understand
the local point of view on mass tourism. It’s nice weather. This is the view, right now. Very cool.
Hi! Rumble rumble in the jungle. Something definitely collapsed here. At this time there is no rice,
as you can see. Yeah. How does it look like?
This one? Yeah, and they are tall like this. Okay. And the rice on top. Like seeds. Yeah, like seeds.
Like, you know, wheat? Yes. Similar. How can you do that?
With the flip-flops? I’m used to. So, I’m here with Lancer.
And? His name? – Ben.
– Ben? Hi, Ben. I’m Alex.
Nice to meet you. So we’re about
to answer some questions. The first one. How and when
did tourism start to develop here? In Batad? In Batad and in all the region.*Speaking in Ifugao*According to him,
during the eighties, there were some tourists but not many. They were coming one by one. They are the ones
who maybe started advertising the area. They go home and they show to the people
the beauty of the area. Later on, it was slowly known
as a Unesco Heritage. People started in 1995, in the whole world… – To know about this place.
– Yeah, to know about Batad, which is part of Banaue. So, Unesco Heritage is supposed to protect
those areas, right? – Yeah.
– But at the same time it advertises
them to many people. How does this impact on the environment
and on the community? It’s actually good for the community. Because it can help them with their needs, like in a financial way. But for mother nature
it’s actually a problem. Because it can damage everything. And also put in danger
the beauty of nature. Because of waste materials, like plastics. We do not have that much knowledge
to recycle things that are supposed to be recycled. Which could be a solution
to have both things? To have enough tourists to keep having the community in contact
with the rest of the world, but at the same time to safeguard the place
and to respect nature? We don’t say that we don’t like
many tourists coming in. But we would like it to be moderate. So we can also manage
the waste that is produced. Also. If we look at charts,
studies or researches, tourism is still growing up. Because of globalization,
as more people have access to the Internet, more people will know
about places like this one, and more people will come over. So, which could be a solution? One of the solutions is advertising. We should advertise
which seasons are the best ones for tourists to come. So at least,
they are not here all the seasons. And when they come in good seasons, the rice fields are really beautiful. That’s the best time for tourists to come. And for the other months,
nature should rest. So it will recover. Nature will recover itself,
and at the same time, locals will also have time
to clean the surroundings. Yes. It’s a beatiful place
and we have to respect it. As the whole world. And it would be nice to understand
how and which solutions we could find for recycling, for example. Yes. We really need people
who are good in those things. Who have the knowledge to share
with the locals and to recycle. Nice. I was investigating on mass tourism. Because, according to the WTO
of the United Nations, the number of tourists in the fifties was around 25 million people. And this number increased up to 1.4 billion people in 2018. So this is a big issue for the environment. In which ways? It has been estimated
that 5% of gas emissions are associated with mass tourism. And 75% of it
is associated with transportation. The other big issue
that mass tourism is creating all around the world is solid waste. It has been estimated
that one tourist can produce up to 1 kilo per day of solid waste. This is a big issue
because impacts on small realities. Which are not structured yet
to receive so many tourists. And the result is like here, for example. I’m not saying
that only the tourists are behaving like this. It can also be the locals,
but garbage is a really big issue. After that, I went up to Buscalan. Which is a very small village on the mountains of the Kalinga province. And I investigated
on the pilgrimage of people going to get tattooed
from Maria Apo Whang-Od. The last Mambabatok of the Butbut tribe. Or of the Butbut. So, let’s try to follow the summary and maybe, Richi,
I will stop from time to time. The location seems quite adequate. It’s six in the morning. I have a strong cold.
Come on! According to the United…
ehm… I’m… ? ?? ??? When the boat leaves… I can’t wait to go bathing! Now people are coming,
they’re gonna talk to me.