The Rice Terraces of the mountainous Cordilleras are the only form of stone construction in the Philippines uninfluenced by colonial cultures. What crop was grown before rice took over around 1600 AD?

Taro - Traditionally, Filipinos have used wood instead of stone in their buildings. The balcony was an exception. Perhaps a thousand years were built on stone. Thanks to the mountainous terrain, the Cordillera tribes were able to prevent the rule of foreign invaders and preserve their culture.

The balcony was added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 1995. The 2000-year-old Banaue steppe rice fields in Ifgao Province are also a common tourist attraction, but are not on the UNESCO list due to their contamination with modern architecture.

Potatoes originate from South America, corn from Mexico and wheat from the Middle East. Tarot is believed to come from India and Southeast Asia.