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Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Philippines

by nobert soloria bermosa on 02/08/08 at 5:50 am

List of some of the best places to visit in the Philippines as conferred by UNESCO by declaring them World Heritage Sites.

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have included six places and four Catholic churches in the Philippines in the list of world heritage sites. (Two of which landed on the top ten list for the New Seven Wonders of the World).

The list includes the historic city of Vigan, Ilocos Sur; Nuestra Señora dela Asuncion also in Ilocos Sur; Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Tubbataha National Marine Park both in Palawan; Banawe or Ifugao Rice Terraces in Ifugao; Apo Reef National Park and Mt. Iglit-Baco National Park both in Mindoro; Sto.Tomas de Villanueva Church in Iloilo; San Agustin Church in Manila and Church of San Agustin in Ilocos Norte.

1. Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park, Palawan

It’s home to over 300 coral species and 400 species of fish. It is currently ranked number 5 on the list for the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Tubbataha is a reef ecosystem made up of two atolls located in the middle of the Sulu Sea. It is a sanctuary for marine life. The reefs lie on the Cagayan Ridge, a line of extinct underwater volcanoes which starts from the north at the Sultana Shoal and it ends in the south at the San Miguel Islands. It was proclaimed as a National Marine Park on August 11, 1988 and inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage in 1993, in recognition of its outstanding universal value in terms of marine life species diversity and richness.

2. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan

It boasts of the world’s longest navigable underground river. This site is currently ranked number 8 on the list of New Seven Wonders of the World.

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 50 km north of the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. It features a limestone mountain landscape with an 8.2 km. navigable underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea. It includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers. The underground river is reputed to be the world’s longest navigable. At the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water’s edge. Monkeys, large monitor lizards, and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the cave.

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Darlene McFarlane

Aug 2nd, 2008

You have included some impressive sites here. The rice terraces are beautiful.

Unofre Pili

Aug 2nd, 2008

As usual, nice post bro


Aug 2nd, 2008

Aw you should include the 100 islands of pangsinan, cave of st. paul in palawan and the maria christina falls >.< but its great thanks to triond countries can share their own nature and hot spots through this =]


Aug 2nd, 2008

Nice article. Thanks for sharing.


Aug 2nd, 2008

Beautiful list. I’m gonna have to go to these places before I leave the country.

Anyway, I posted this on http://www.philippinesnewsvote.com

I’m sure it’ll stay on the first page for a long time!

nobert soloria bermosa

Aug 2nd, 2008

thank you guys, most especially to tonya. That’s so kind of you.enjoy your visit to these places.


Aug 2nd, 2008

hope to visit these places…….

cg in melbourne.aus.

Aug 6th, 2008

chocolate hills in Bohol..is also great.!

PR Mace

Aug 7th, 2008

Great job. My best friend Alicia is from the Philipines, she loves to tell me about it. Now I see why she loved it so. Thanks for sharing.


Jan 8th, 2009


cherry fernandez

Feb 4th, 2009

thanks for posting it, it helps me in my studies as a tourism student here in the Philippines, hope i can visit all those places


Feb 18th, 2009

hey tonya r u xure u be stil d # 1? i think no
mwah mwah chuchu


Feb 18th, 2009

Philippine Beauties.


Apr 5th, 2009

hi! wonderful pics! im aiming to visit all the unesco world heritage sites in our country, can you pls list all of them? so far ive been to 6 of your top 10, and i have to say, ang ganda ng pilipinas!

bernabe i manio

Jul 29th, 2009

oh ambilibable im pruod to be pilipino


Jan 20th, 2010

ayii….hindi pa ako nakakapunta kahit isa sa mga yan…….wawa akuh di ba…but aniwei atlist me net dba????hakhak…


Jul 24th, 2011

I would love to visit those places one day. Especially Palawan. But then.. Boracy is nice too.. ugh!! now i’m getting really home sick!


Sep 5th, 2011

Wow! how wonderful is the Philippines is.And I,am proud to be a Filipino!


Jan 1st, 2012


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