August 15, 2019

Banaue Evergreen: A Roadside Hostel and Restaurant Amid Scenic Rice Terrace

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  • For backpackers traveling to Banaue, it’s necessary to book a place where the panoramic views of the province are more evident than luxury. Gratefully, Banaue Evergreen Hostel and Restaurant has the makings of a tranquil lodge, camouflaged amid Banaue’s gentle slopes and rice terraces.

    Banaue Evergreen quietly rests like a green watchtower on the second floor of Ilogue Tam-an, beside the Nueva Vizcaya-Ifugao-Mountain Province Rd., on your way to Banaue Town Center. 

    The view of the road as seen from Banaue Evergreen’s balcony

    The hostel may look like a simple, straightforward building beside the road, but it is a favorite accommodation of tourists from France, Israel, Germany, Korea, and China. Mainly, this is because of the breathtaking view of rice terraces behind the hostel. 

    A partial view of the rice terraces from Banaue Evergreen’s balcony

    With a balcony upstairs, Banaue Evergreen may give you the simple retreat you are craving for. 

    Further inside are the choices for your simple retreat. They have the Standard Room starting at Php 800 per night for two to three persons, and the Dormitory starting at Php 1,500/night for larger groups of five guests.  

    Their Private Room, which starts at Php 1,400 per night for two persons, is also a tasteful choice as you can feel the freshness of Banaue emanating from their simple yet noteworthy interiors.

    Private Room (starts at Php 1,400/night/good for 2 persons) / IMAGE Banaue Evergreen Hostel and Restaurant Facebook 

    Private Room  / IMAGE Banaue Evergreen Hostel and Restaurant Facebook 

    On the other hand, Banaue Evergreen may also be a favorite for its restaurant, which highlights the cooking of Ms. Magdalena Pal—who has painstakingly taken her Israeli and French cooking lessons from their own guests themselves! 

    Among the dishes they are known for are the Evergreen Curry with chicken and rice, and the Shaksuka–an Israeli dish made of egg with tomatoes, onion, garlic, and some spices. 

    Whether it be the beauty of Banaue or good food that will fill your tummies before the activities of the day, Banaue Evergreen Hostel and Restaurant has both and more just for you.

    This first appeared in Philippine Primer’s Japanese (Vol. 135) and English (Vol. 40) magazines.

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