8 Philippine Sites Newly Added to UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

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The Philippines has recently submitted eight sites for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage tentative list, showcasing the country’s rich cultural and natural heritage. These sites represent significant landmarks and landscapes that hold outstanding universal value to humanity. Here are some details according to The Philippine Star….

Submitted Sites

  1. Sugar Cultural Landscape of Negros and Panay: Reflects the historical and cultural significance of sugar plantations in these regions.
  2. Historic Towns and Landscape of Taal Volcano: Highlights the unique landscape and heritage towns surrounding Taal Volcano and its caldera lake.
  3. Colonial Urban Plan and Fortifications of the Walled City of Manila: Showcases the architectural and historical importance of Manila’s iconic Walled City.
  4. Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary: Recognizes the ecological importance of the marsh as a habitat for diverse flora and fauna.
  5. Kitanglad and Kalatungan Mountain Ranges: Sacred Sites of Bukidnon: Acknowledges the cultural significance of these mountain ranges to the indigenous communities.
  6. Samar Island Natural Park: Preserves the biodiversity and natural beauty of Samar Island’s ecosystems.
  7. Extension of the Cordillera Rice Terraces: Recognizes the expanded area of the renowned rice terraces, showcasing indigenous agricultural practices.
  8. Extension of the Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary-Pujada Bay: Expands the protected area to safeguard unique biodiversity and ecosystems.

UNESCO World Heritage

Importance of World Heritage Sites

UNESCO-designated World Heritage sites are deemed of exceptional value to humanity and are safeguarded for future generations. These sites serve as testament to the cultural, historical, and natural richness of our planet.

While the Philippines has several sites pending inclusion, controversies arise, such as construction activities near the Chocolate Hills Natural Monument. These controversies underscore the challenges in preserving these treasures while balancing development needs.

The Philippines already boasts six UNESCO World Heritage-listed properties. These include Baroque churches, historic cities, and natural parks, each contributing to the country’s diverse heritage.


The submission of these eight sites to the UNESCO World Heritage tentative list signifies the Philippines’ commitment to preserving its cultural and natural legacy. If successfully inscribed, these sites will join the ranks of globally recognized landmarks, contributing to international appreciation and conservation efforts.


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Written by Marjo Piedad

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