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 peak in Mountain Province, the elders declare the start of the rice cycle. During the planting season, a series of rituals is performed to bring about a bountiful harvest.
These farming traditions have sustained the community for years, but they're now being disrupted by global warming. Around the world, recent studies show, records are being set for extreme rainfall and drought, often with severe impacts for vulnerable communities. The Pidlisan tribe, which has a population of more than 2,500, is looking for ways to save its rice paddies and its way of life in the face of such dramatic changes.
This 360-degree video takes you into this picturesque community whose harvest is now in peril and allows you to immerse yourself 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.
Using 360-degree drone video to document an indigenous practice, this pioneering immersive form of storytelling is the first of its kind in the Philippines. The video was produced in collaboration with fyt.ph (https://www.facebook.com/fyt.ph/) and with the support of Internews' Earth Journalism Network and the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA).