UNESCO World Heritage sites - updates

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Frank Lloyd Wright buildings named UNESCO World Heritage sites

Jul 08, 2019 - 12:55 AM

The Guggenheim Museum in New York is among the creations of the late American architect Frank Lloyd Wright which were selected as UNESCO World Heritage sites

GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM. The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. File photo from Wikimedia Commons

Iceland glacier national park named World Heritage site

Jul 06, 2019 - 2:22 AM

Shaped by volcanoes and surrounded by lava fields, the park is also home to the largest glacier in Europe, after which it is named

WORLD HERITAGE SITE. Vatnajokull National Park is the third Icelandic site to join UNESCO's World Heritage List. File photo from Wikipedia

UNESCO lists Iraq's Babylon as World Heritage Site

Jul 05, 2019 - 10:03 PM

After the successful vote, Iraq's delegation clasps hands and invites all delegates 'to visit Babylon, the cradle of civilization'

BABYLON. A picture taken on June 29, 2019 shows the Ishtar Gate at the ancient archaeological site of Babylon, south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. File photo by Hussein Faleh/AFP

Google hails Puerto Princesa Underground River with a Doodle

Jun 30, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Google users can see an illustration of the Puerto Princesa Underground River by artist David Lu on the search engine's homepage

UNESCO title seen to help safeguard Palawan's imperiled mountain range

Jun 25, 2019 - 4:13 PM

(UPDATED) Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tentative List since 2015. Local officials say its potential inscription will add 'another layer of protection' to the area.

IRREPLACEABLE. Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape is the highest peak in the province, standing at 2,086 meters above sea level. Photo by MMPL Protected Area Office

Is Unesco World Heritage status for cultural sites killing the things it loves?

Jul 14, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Achieving Unesco status is an internationally competitive process. Nations want this recognition because they can promote a place or practice as a unique cultural tourism attraction.

TOURIST MAGNET. Tourists take a photo of sunrise at Angkor Wat in 2016. Shutterstock

Hybrid power plant to rise in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:59 PM

'It’s a dream come true for all of us here,' says Park Superintendent Elizabeth Maclang of the power plant which is expected to be operational by 2019

The longest underground river in Asia found in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, found in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Photo by  Giovanni G. Navata/Wikimedia Commons

New flights to cut travel time to Banaue Rice Terraces

Mar 25, 2017 - 11:00 AM

A local airline will offer flights from Clark to reduce total travel time to the popular tourist destination

FAST TRAVEL. The new route from Clark International Airport to Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya is expected to cut travel time to the Banaue Rice Terraces in more than half.

Aleppo's famed Old City left 'unrecognizable' by war

Dec 14, 2016 - 9:40 AM

For centuries Aleppo was Syria s economic and cultural powerhouse but now most of the city is in ruins after years of savage conflict

HERITAGE DESTROYED. A general view shows Syrian pro-government forces walking in the ancient Umayyad mosque in the old city of Aleppo on December 13, 2016, after they captured the area. George Ourfalian/AFP

Exploring Unesco world heritage site Mt Hamiguitan and its new natural science museum

Apr 30, 2016 - 6:09 PM

A new interactive facility Mt Hamiguitan Natural Science Museum showcases the wonders of this beautiful Unesco world heritage site

A rare species of frog found in Mt. Hamiguitan, labeled as one of the biological indicators used by the assessment team. If this is missing, something is wrong with the mountain. Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan/Davao Oriental Provincial Information Office

Industry threatens nearly half of natural heritage sites – WWF

Apr 07, 2016 - 12:30 AM

The vulnerable sites include Australia s Great Barrier Reef Peru s Machu Picchu and the US Grand Canyon Natural Park

epa02101737 A picture dated 01 April 2010 shows a general view of the pre-Columbian Inca city Machu Picchu in Cuzco, Peru, after its reopening. The Inca city has been been closed for two months due to strong rains. EPA/PACO CHUQUIURE

Syria forces retake Palmyra in major victory over ISIS

Mar 27, 2016 - 1:47 PM

6th UPDATE Syrian President Bashar al Assad hails the victory as an important achievement while UN chief Ban Ki moon says he is encouraged by Palmyra s recapture

The Temple of Baalshamin in Palmyra, Syria is threatened by ISIS. File photo Joseph Eid/ AFP

Women’s group protects turtles by turning trash into eco-purses

Oct 03, 2015 - 2:31 PM

The recycling project of a women’s group is not only providing livelihood it is also helping Tawi tawi s green sea turtles thrive

Remains of new human species found in S. African cave – scientists

Sep 10, 2015 - 7:20 PM

About 1 500 fossils are found deep in a cave system outside Johannesburg hidden in an underground chamber only accessible via several steep climbs and rock crevasses

PH eagle Pamana's death sounds alarm for conservation efforts

Aug 21, 2015 - 9:48 AM

Pamana s death in UNESCO World Heritage Site Mount Hamiguitan a protected area highlights the need for greater local community involvement in conservation efforts

KING OF BIRDS. The Philippine eagle or Haribon is close to extinction because of deforestation and poaching

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Aug 19, 2015 - 7:00 PM

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4 Unesco World Heritage Sites Pinoys can visit visa-free

Aug 08, 2015 - 8:06 PM

If you have a Philippine passport you won t need a visa to visit these beautiful locations just waiting to be your next travel destination

HOI AN. Beautiful lights in Hoi An, Vietnam. Photo by Aoshi VN / Shutterstock.com

Ramadan festival breathes new life into Saudi's old Jeddah

Jul 12, 2015 - 4:40 PM

Residents of the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah are slowly returning to its historic center where a Ramadan cultural festival and UN heritage status are giving new life to the old quarter

HERITAGE BUILDING. Historical buildings are seen in the UNESCO-listed heritage site in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah on July 7, 2015.  Amer Hilabi/AFP

Japan hails new UNESCO listing despite Korean qualms

Jul 06, 2015 - 3:28 PM

Tokyo s bid to have the sites listed touched off a diplomatic spat because South Korea and China say that 7 of the locations became centers for deportation and forced labor during their respective Japanese occupations

WORLD HERITAGE. In this photo, the Hashima Island is seen from a boat off Nagasaki, southwestern Japan, 09 December 2013. Franck Robichon/EPA

Check out the additions to UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites

Jul 06, 2015 - 11:45 AM

See the list of new heritage sites

China's Great Wall is disappearing – report

Jun 29, 2015 - 9:09 PM

Around 30 of China s Ming era Great Wall has disappeared due to natural conditions and reckless human activities according to a report

Chinese tourists climb the Great Wall at Badaling, north of Beijing, on April 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE

US pays Philippines P87M for Tubbataha damage

Feb 18, 2015 - 9:33 AM

UPDATED The Philippines received this full amount on January 20 the Department of Foreign Affairs says

Plan won't save Great Barrier Reef: Australian scientists

Oct 28, 2014 - 11:09 AM

The draft plan is supposed to allay concerns by the United Nations about the reef s health after UNESCO threatened to put it on the World Heritage in danger list

PEEK-A-BOO. This photo taken on September 22, 2014 shows fish looking out from the coral of the Great Barrier Reef. William West/AFP

US to pay PH P87M for damage to World Heritage Site

Oct 24, 2014 - 6:57 PM

UPDATED The amount represents the P58M that the Philippines asked the US and the P28M fuel and repair costs incurred by the Coast Guard It is lower than environmentalists estimates of P737 8M to P1 2B

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Oct 14, 2014 - 10:46 AM

Mark Zuckerberg s thoughts on Jokowi and Indonesia Jakarta s plan to tighten supervision of foreign workers a polygamy fee in East Lombok and more

FACEBOOK FRIENDS. President-elect Joko Widodo and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the Tanah Abang market in Jakarta on October 13, 2014. Photo courtesy of Zuckerberg's official Facebook page

US should volunteer to pay for Tubbataha damage – Miriam

Sep 17, 2014 - 7:30 PM

Senator Miriam Santiago also argues that while it is not a signatory to the UNCLOS the US is bound by international law to pay for the damage on the UNESCO World Heritage Site

BEFORE AND AFTER. The USS Guardian turned 90 degrees in 4 days dragged by the strong currents and winds of the Sulu Sea. Graphic by Bardo Wu from photos courtesy of AFP WESCOM

Davao's Mt Hamiguitan named UNESCO World Heritage site

Jun 24, 2014 - 9:27 AM

It is the 6th Philippine site to join the list and the first Philippine mountain range

NEW WORLD TREASURE. With the recent inclusion of Mount Hamiguitan in the list, the Philippines now boasts 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Photo from Wikipedia

Australian PM says too much forest 'locked up'

Mar 05, 2014 - 8:51 AM

He also defends the government s decision to remove World Heritage listing for 74 000 hectares of Tasmanian forest earlier this year

FRIEND OF LOGGERS. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in a file photo 7 Sept 2013. Saeed Khan/AFP

Hundreds swarm ancient Pakistan ruins for grand cultural gala

Feb 02, 2014 - 8:53 AM

Experts warned that the festival could put Moenjodaro a UNESCO World Heritage site built around 2600 BC in danger

NIGHTTIME GALA. Lights illuminate the ancient ruins of Moenjodaro, the UNESCO World Heritage site around 425 km north of the port city of Karachi on February 1, 2014. Asif Hassan/AFP

A year later, US yet to pay P58-M Tubbataha fine

Jan 03, 2014 - 3:17 PM

The US embassy in Manila has reportedly not commented either on a related case despite a letter from the Supreme Court

GROUNDED SHIP. On January 17, 2013, the USS Guardian ran aground and damaged the Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site. File photo courtesy of AFP Wescom

#TalkThursday: Wakeskating and heritage conservation

Nov 02, 2013 - 11:52 AM

Rappler talks with Ivan Henares president of the Heritage Conservation Society on the recent wakeskating stunt performed at Banaue

Artist, priest fight over Taal Basilica project

Oct 31, 2013 - 11:18 AM

Sculptor Ramon Orlina opposes an events venue being built beside the historic church in his hometown of Taal

HERITAGE GEM. The authenticity and beauty of the Taal Basilica may be threatened by the construction of an events venue on its left side. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Wakeskating 'stunt' at Banaue Rice Terraces draws ire

Oct 27, 2013 - 1:54 PM

The world heritage property and the local residents should not be exploited says one heritage expert

Appreciating Apo Reef’s understated beauty

Aug 15, 2013 - 9:00 AM

This low key destination deserves to be on the bucket list of any diving snorkeling or even beach bumming enthusiast

GIGANTIC, ABUNDANT. The world’s second largest contiguous coral reef system in the world, Apo Reef Natural Park’s seas and islands teem with marine life. All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang

Australia's Barrier Reef slips into 'poor' health

Jul 10, 2013 - 12:13 PM

Environment Minister Mark Butler released a report card showing that the reef s health had slumped since 2009 due to cyclones and floods despite progress on reducing agricultural runoff

Aerial view of a portion of the Great Barrier Reef. Photo courtesy of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Mt Etna, Rajasthan forts among new World Heritage sites

Jun 21, 2013 - 9:37 PM

Other entrants into the coveted list include the Mountains of the Pamirs in Tajikistan and China s Tianshan range in a move hailed by conservationists

WORLD HERITAGE SITE. A file picture dated 05 January 2012 shows a cloud of hot ash erupting from the summit of Mount Etna volcano, near Catania, Sicily Island, Italy. Photo by Franco Cufari/EPA

Australia's Barrier Reef set for heritage downgrade - UNESCO

May 05, 2013 - 8:02 PM

UNESCO said little had been done to address concerns about rampant coastal development and water quality raised a year ago

Aerial view of a portion of the Great Barrier Reef. Photo courtesy of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Celebrating PH's World Heritage sites

May 05, 2013 - 1:33 PM

This National Heritage Month discover 5 World Heritage sites Filipinos can be proud of

MARINE FEST. With the abundance of marine life in Tubbataha, don’t be surprised if you get caught it in its traffic! Photo by Yvette Lee courtesy of Tubbataha Management Office

Japan's Mt Fuji to get World Heritage stamp: officials

May 01, 2013 - 6:56 PM

Mt Fuji is expected to be formally listed in June when the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO meets in Cambodia

Campaign launched to save Great Barrier Reef from industry

Apr 28, 2013 - 10:43 AM

Conservationists accused Australia of failing to protect the Great Barrier Reef from massive industrial development

Akbayan to China: Get out of Tubbataha

Apr 10, 2013 - 1:40 PM

Akbayan urges the government to set up measures to safeguard protected marine areas

NOT AGAIN. Members of Akbayan Party-list troop to the Chinese Consular Office in Makati to protest the grounding of a Chinese vessel in Tubbataha Reef. RAPPLER/Jerald Uy

Funnel removed from USS Guardian

Feb 27, 2013 - 1:26 PM

Removing the funnel is a major step towards dismantling the ship the Coast Guard said

FUNNEL LIFTED. The Jascon 25 crane ship safely removes the exhausts funnel structure from mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian. The funnel's removal was a milestone in the dismantling process of the Guardian. Photo courtesy of Navy

At stake in Tubbataha

Jan 28, 2013 - 8:15 PM

Perhaps it is also time to review the penalty system and increase the fines to make them a deterrent for future intrusion into Tubbataha

US Navy ship damaged coral in Tubbataha

Jan 17, 2013 - 3:02 PM

3rd UPDATE The US Navy can expect to pay pay P12 000 per sqm of destroyed reefs in Tubbataha says a park official

STUCK IN TUBBATAHA. File photo of the USS Guardian during a port visit to Okinawa, Japan by the US Navy

Germany's Bayreuth Opera named UNESCO world heritage site

Jul 01, 2012 - 1:18 PM

The 37th site in Germany makes the country one of the most prolific in the UNESCO list

THE MARGRAVIAL OPERA HOUSE of Bayreuth, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Screen grab from YouTube