Article: World Heritage Sites in the Philippines -
06 Nov 2007
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972.
What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located.
We are inviting members of PHILTOA and DOT accredited travel agencies to develop special tour packages for World Heritage Sites in the Philippines and have them published on this website by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com . These include the following destinations:
World Heritage Sites in the Philippines
• Historic Town of Vigan • Puerto Princesa Subterranean National Park • Tubbataha Reef Marine Park • Baroque Churches of the Philippines • Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
Source: The List: World Heritage List
1.) Historic Town of Vigan Philippines Province of Ilocos Sur N17 34 30 E120 23 15 ref: 502rev
Date of Inscription: 1999 Criteria: (ii)(iv) Brief Description Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture and townscape that have no parallel anywhere in East and South-East Asia.
Justification for Inscription Criterion (ii): Vigan represents a unique fusion of Asian building design and construction with European colonial architecture and planning. Criterion (iv): Vigan is an exceptionally intact and well preserved example of a European trading town in East and South-East Asia.
2.) Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park Philippines Palawan Province N10 10 E118 55 ref: 652rev
Date of Inscription: 1999 Criteria: (vii)(x) Core zone: 5753 Ha
Brief Description This park features a spectacular limestone karst landscape with an underground river. One of the river's distinguishing features is that it emerges directly into the sea, and its lower portion is subject to tidal influences. The area also represents a significant habitat for biodiversity conservation. The site contains a full 'mountain-to-sea' ecosystem and has some of the most important forests in Asia.
Justification for Inscription The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park features a spectacular limestone karst landscape with its underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it flows directly into the sea, and the lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences. The area also represents a significant habitat for biodiversity conservation. The site contains a full mountain to the sea ecosystem and protects forests, which are among the most significant in Asia. Activities The Marine Programme: Related World Heritage Properties News Dec 2, 1999 World Heritage Committee Inscribes 48 New Sites on Heritage List Links WHTour : visit this site in panographies (360 degree imaging) Natural site datasheet from WCMC
3.) Tubbataha Reef Marine Park Philippines Palawan , Region 4 N8 58 E120 00 ref: 653
Date of Inscription: 1993 Criteria: (vii)(ix)(x) Core zone: 33200 Ha
Brief Description The Tubbataha Reef Marine Park covers 33,200 ha, including the North and South Reefs. It is a unique example of an atoll reef with a very high density of marine species; the North Islet serving as a nesting site for birds and marine turtles. The site is an excellent example of a pristine coral reef with a spectacular 100-m perpendicular wall, extensive lagoons and two coral islands. Activities Philippines - Embedment Mooring System For Tubbataha World Heritage Site The Marine Programme: Related World Heritage Properties Links www.tubbatahareef.org Natural site datasheet from WCMC
4.) Baroque Churches of the Philippines Philippines Immaculate Conception: District of Intramuros, City of Manila; Nuestra Senora: Municipality of Santa Maria, Province of Ilocos Sur; San Agustin: Municipality of Paoay, Province of Ilocos Norte; Santo Tomas: Municipality of Miag-ao, Province of Iloilo N14 35 24 E120 58 12 ref: 677
Date of Inscription: 1993 Criteria: (ii)(iv)
Brief Description These four churches, the first of which was built by the Spanish in the late 16th century, are located in Manila, Santa Maria, Paoay and Miag-ao. Their unique architectural style is a reinterpretation of European Baroque by Chinese and Philippine craftsmen.
5.) Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras Philippines Ifugao Province, Cordillera Region, Luzon Island N16 56 02 E121 08 12 ref: 722
Date of Inscription: 1995 Criteria: (iii)(iv)(v)
Inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger: 2001
Brief Description For 2,000 years, the high rice fields of the Ifugao have followed the contours of the mountains. The fruit of knowledge handed down from one generation to the next, and the expression of sacred traditions and a delicate social balance, they have helped to create a landscape of great beauty that expresses the harmony between humankind and the environment. Media NHK World Heritage 100 Series [Windows Media required] News Dec 12, 2001 World Heritage Committee Inscribes Two Sites on the the List of World Heritage in Danger Links WHTour : visit this site in panographies (360 degree imaging)
Source: UNESCO: The World Heritage List
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