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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

UNESCO adds Bahrain burial mounds to World Heritage List

Jul 06, 2019 - 10:29 PM

There are some 11,774 burial mounds, says UNESCO, while another 15 sites include 17 royal mounds built as two-story towers

HERITAGE. A picture taken on July 2, 2019 shows the Dilmun Burial Mounds, near the village of Aali, south of the Bahraini capital Manama. STR/AFP

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

Demystifying the age of the Ifugao Rice Terraces to decolonize history

Apr 14, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The way mainstream Filipino consciousness imagines the Ifugao in connection with the age of the terraces needs to change

IFUGAO RICE TERRACES. The Ifugao Rice Terraces are the products of a very rich and complex Ifugao culture that resisted the Spanish conquest for more than 200 years. All photos courtesy of the Ifugao Archaeological Project

The week in photos: September 15-21, 2018

Sep 22, 2018 - 6:25 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BABY STEPS. People walk on a path covered with sand and debris in the low-lying coastal village of Lei Yue Mun in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 17, 2018. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

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

Pulau Okinoshima yang larang perempuan masuk menjadi warisan dunia, UNESCO dikecam

Jul 11, 2017 - 1:10 PM

UNESCO dianggap menyimpang dari prioritas global untuk kesetaraan gender

Tampak Pulau Okinoshima yang ditetapkan UNESCO menjadi salah satu situs warisan dunia. Foto dari AFP

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

UNESCO set to expand World Heritage list at Istanbul meeting

Jul 07, 2016 - 11:18 AM

Candidates include 350 million year old fossils and works by Franco Swiss architect Le Corbusier

ON THE HERITAGE LIST SOON? In this file photo, a visitor looks at Notre-Dame-du-Haut chapel designed by Le Corbusier on September 9, 2011 in Ronchamp. Sebastien Bozon/AFP

Australia removed from UN climate report over tourism fears

May 27, 2016 - 12:15 PM

Recent experience in Australia had shown that negative commentary about the status of World Heritage properties impacted on tourism says the Australian Department of Environment

GREAT BARRIER REEF. An undated handout picture made available by Australia's James Cook University (JCU) on January 31, 2016 shows marine life in the Great Barrier Reef, in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. File photo by James Cook University/EPA

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

Vigan City stays walkable despite influx of tourists

Mar 27, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Vigan City famous for its old Spanish style houses and cobblestone streets considers sustainable transportation an important part of its heritage conservation and preservation

FAMOUS STREET. Tourists and locals troop to Calle Crisologo, Vigan City's famous cobblestoned street. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/ Rappler

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

Satellite images confirm Palmyra temple destruction – UN

Aug 29, 2015 - 9:39 AM

We confirm the destruction of the main building while surrounding columns seem to be less affected says UN training and research agency UNITAR

CONFIRMED. Satellite images confirm the destruction of the Baal Shamin temple in Syria's Palmyra, says the United Nations, after international condemnation of the act claimed by the Islamic State group. File photo by AFP/UNITAR-UNOSAT/US Department of State, Humanitarian Information Unit, NextView License (DigitalGlobe)

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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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

UN asks ICC to investigate destruction of Mali mausoleums

Jul 19, 2015 - 9:37 AM

Under the 1954 Hague Convention the destruction of the World Heritage monuments is a war crime

HERITAGE. Workers begin the reconstruction of 15th-16th century mausoleums in Timbuktu, Mali in 2014. File photo courtesy of UNESCO

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

Alamo, French champagne vineyards vie for World Heritage status

Jun 27, 2015 - 1:50 PM

At least 36 natural and cultural sites including a disputed bid from Japan are vying to get the United Nations cultural body s prestigious distinction and add their names to the more than 1 000 strong list

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

Batanes sitting on idle cash – COA

Sep 22, 2014 - 10:29 PM

Funds allocated for environmental and cultural preservation projects have yet to be fully utilized

PROTECTED AREA. A Commission on Audit report shows Batanes is sitting in funds allocated for projects that have yet to be implemented. File photo by Pia Ranada

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

French cave home to earliest drawings wins World Heritage status

Jun 22, 2014 - 9:35 PM

With the cave closed to the public a full scale replica is being built which is expected to open in 2015

WORLD HERITAGE. A drawing in Grotte Chauvet in France depicts a rhinoceros-like creature. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Ancient Inca roads win coveted World Heritage status

Jun 22, 2014 - 12:56 AM

The listing of the Qhapaq Nan roads is expected to boost efforts to preserve and promote the network – an engineering marvel comparable to the vast road system of the Roman Empire

WORLD HERITAGE. A file photo taken on December 12, 2012 shows a section of the Inca trail is seen near the Huaycan de Cieneguilla archaeological site, 70 km east from Lima. Inca trails spanning six countries and a French cave with some of the earliest known paintings are among the sites expected to get World Heritage status at a UNESCO meeting that started on June 15, 2014 in Doha. Photo by Ernesto Benavides/ AFP

Iraq's Arbil Citadel granted World Heritage status

Jun 22, 2014 - 12:19 AM

A member of the Iraqi delegation says the inclusion is a gift made to my people and all the communities of Iraq who are in such need of a note of optimism right now

A file photo of Iraq's Erbil Citadel taken in 2008. Agence France-Presse

Inca trails, ancient French cave vie for World Heritage status

Jun 15, 2014 - 8:18 PM

At least 30 natural and cultural sites all over the world are vying to get the prestigious distinction

WORLD'S TREASURE. Qhapaq Nan is a huge network of roads used by the Inca empire spanning over 30,000 kilometers. Image from Wikimedia Commons

UNESCO condemns dredge waste dumping in Barrier Reef waters

May 01, 2014 - 11:22 AM

With the Great Barrier Reef already in poor health UNESCO says it condemns a decision to allow dredge waste dumping in the reef s waters


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

PH wins seat in UN World Heritage Committee

Nov 21, 2013 - 1:38 PM

The Philippines seat in the World Heritage Committee is a recognition of the country s heritage conservation efforts says conservationist

HISTORIC CITY. Calle Crisologo is the most-visited street in UNESCO World Heritage Site Vigan City. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

#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