UNESCO World Heritage Category

Punta Cruz Watchtower

May 20, 2014

The Punta Cruz Watchtower is the primary symbol of the town of Maribojoc, Bohol and is found on both the seal and flag of the town. Built by the Augustinian Recollects in 1796, the watchtower served as a lookout against marauding pirates and Moros from Mindanao and was dedicated to... (read more)

Miag-ao Church

October 3, 2008

The Miag-ao Church, located in the southern municipality of the same name in Iloilo is one of the four Baroque Churches of the Philippines that have been collectively designated as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. I’ve already featured one Baroque Church before and that’s the Paoay Church in... (read more)

Nagacadan Rice Terraces

June 22, 2008

Well, what do you know? Last month’s update of Google Earth and Google Maps data gave us a patch of Ifugao’s mountains in high-resolution. This fortunately gives us our first satellite view of one of the five rice terraces that are part of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras... (read more)

Palawan Underground River Entrance

August 3, 2007

Due to another update by Google to its base satellite imagery data (see their announcement), we can now see some of the northern part of the territory of Puerto Princesa City, the capital of Palawan, in high resolution. This hi-res area covers Barangay Cabayugan, including Sitio Sabang, and fortunately, this... (read more)

San Sebastian Church

April 6, 2007

In the heart of the Quiapo district of Manila is the San Sebastian Church, also officially known as the Basilica Minore de San Sebastian. This minor basilica has the distinction of being the only all-steel church in Asia. The church was originally a wooden structure which was destroyed and rebuilt numerous... (read more)

Paoay Church

March 23, 2007

Like most popular churches in the Philippines, the Church of St. Agustine in Paoay, Ilocos Norte is called more often by its location: Paoay Church. This religious building is one of the four Baroque churches designated as a UNESCO Heritage Site. Other Heritage sites we’ve already featured here in Vista... (read more)

Calle Crisologo (Vigan)

June 29, 2006

Our next stop is in the historic city of Vigan, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites (earlier we featured another Heritage Site). The city is always cited as “the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia,” and is best-known for Calle Crisologo, a half-kilometer stretch of... (read more)

Tubbataha Reef

April 8, 2006

Located in the middle of Sulu Sea is the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park. This remote set of islands is designated by the UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites. The reefs are reached by motor boat from Puerto Princesa City in Palawan and is one of the popular... (read more)