The 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Philippines

World Heritage Sites in the Philippines to Go On Your Bucket List

Puerto Princesa Underground River via Depositphotos

Guide to The Philipines: UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The tropical, vibrant, and lush nation of the Philipines comprising of about 7,641 islands is a place that is worthy of visiting. It’s a whole new beautiful world with an abundance of marine life, and verdant landscapes. Here are the attractions in the Philipines that made to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Baroque Churches of The Philipines

Inside San Agustin Church
Inside San Agustin Church
Paoay Church, Ilocos Norte photo via Depositphotos
Paoay Church, Ilocos Norte photo via Depositphotos
Santa Maria Church in Ilocos Sur
Santa Maria Church in Ilocos Sur
Miagao Church in Iloilo
Miagao Church in Iloilo

It refers to the four baroque churches that came into power during Spanish colonial rule. These churches were listed as UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993. These churches are found in Manila, Santa Maria in Ilocos Sur, Paoay in Ilocos Norte, and Miag-ao in Iloilo. But, they collectively portray the reinterpretation of European Baroque architecture and decoration by Chinese and Filipino craftsmen. Church of the Immaculate Conception of San Agustín in Intramuros, Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion, Church of Santo Tomas de Villanueva, and Saint Augustine Church are the cultural assets of Philipines.

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Tubbataha Reefs photo by Jerome Kim
Tubbataha Reefs photo by Jerome Kim

It’s a pristine coral reef that hosts a dense and diverse marine life. Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is undoubtedly one of the incredible coral reefs that we have on this planet. It is comprised of South and the North Reef and it will be a unique experience of the lifetime. The dramatic underwater terrain of the reef while exploring the amazing biodiverse marine life like manta rays, turtles, and sharks will be an interesting experience for you. It came into light after the 1993 UNESCO recognition.

Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras

In 1995, in the category of the cultural landscape, these amazing rice terraces become a highlight. They have developed by Ifugao cultivators about 2000 years ago. It is considered as a remarkable landscape because of the high altitude, steep slopes, with an intricate channel of bamboo pipes, channels, sluices, and dams that ensures the proper flooding of rice terraces.

Batad Rice Terraces in Banaue Ifugao
Batad Rice Terraces in Banaue Ifugao
Bangaan Rice Terraces photo via Depositphotos
Bangaan Rice Terraces photo via Depositphotos

The five inscribed clusters are; the Nagacadan terrace cluster in the municipality of Kiangan, a rice terrace cluster manifested in two distinct ascending rows of terraces bisected by a river;  the Hungduan terrace cluster that uniquely emerges into a spider web; the central Mayoyao terrace cluster which is characterized by terraces interspersed with traditional farmers’ bale (houses) and alang (granaries); the Bangaan terrace cluster in the municipality of Banaue that backdrops a typical Ifugao traditional village; and the Batad terrace cluster of the municipality of Banaue that is nestled in amphitheater-like semi-circular terraces with a village at its base.

Historic City of Vigan

Vigan City by Assy Gerez via Unsplash
Vigan City by Assy Gerez via Unsplash

Vigan is a cultural heritage City located at the west-northwest coastline of the island of Luzon, in the province of Ilocos Sur. It was recognized as the UNESCO World Heritage site in the year 1999. This historic and cultural city is the archetype of Spanish colonial urban planning and architecture in the Philippines that preserves European-style buildings. It is surely an unequaled jewel of South Asia.

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Puerto Princesa Underground River via Depositphotos
Puerto Princesa Underground River via Depositphotos

The beautiful amazing landscape located in Palawan is different from others because of the underground river flowing under the massive limestone caves. Also known as Puerto Princesa Underground River, It is distinctive from others because it directly emerges in the sea while its lower portion is affected by tidal influences. It is a beautiful and admirable “mountain-to-sea” ecosystem with the dense forests and rich biodiversity. It was highlighted in the year 1999.

Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary

Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary by Kleomarlo via Wikipedia CC
Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary By Kleomarlo – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC

It is the home for many land and water eco-systems of different elevations. It also provides the perfect habitat for a diverse array of fauna and flora that includes several endangered endemic plant and animal species. It is a natural highlight that is listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites located in Davao Oriental, Philipines.

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