Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Introduction to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Philippines

The Philippines has five UNESCO World Heritage inscriptions in 11 cities and municipalities around the country. These are the Tubbataha Reef in Cagayancillo, Palawan, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan, Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras (Batad and Bangaan in Banaue, Nagacadan in Kiangan, Hungduan and Mayoyao all in Ifugao), Historic Center of Vigan in Ilocos Sur, and the Baroque Churches of the Philippines (Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte, Sta. Maria Church in Ilocos Sur, San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila, and Miag-ao Church in Iloilo).

Here is a documentary called Legacy: Philippine World Heritage Sites narrated by Architect Augusto F. Villalon which gives a good introduction to all these sites. I had to divide it into four parts due to length. Part 1 introduces the UNESCO World Heritage List and talks about Tubbataha Reef.

Part 2 discusses the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras.

Part 3 discusses the Historic Center of Vigan and the Baroque Churches of the Philippines.

Finally, Part 4 talks about conservation challenges that each site is faced with and a conclusion for the whole documentary.


  1. Ay ℒℴνℯ Yu16.9.10

    I salute Arch Villalon.. i remember how he inspired me to honor and know more about our culture and heritage, during the National Symposium on Filipino Architecture and design 2003. thanks Ivan for sharing this. i subscribe to your youtube channel.

  2. Ricardo Balahadia16.9.10

    Poverty due to corruption is the main reason why this happens in the Philippine society today !!!

  3. here in Oman were have 4 sites that could do with more support . There were 5 but one became the first World Heritage Site to be de-listed. I hope yours get the support they deserve

  4. Anonymous10.10.11

    Pinoy's are always moving forward without knowing what we left behind. Much as blinded by ignorance make us uneducated of our own identity. Thank you Sir for sharing to us your passion. "do it in a pinoy way"


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