CULTURAL Baroque Churches of the Philippines
Year of Inscription: 1993

These four churches, the first of which was built by the Spanish in the late 16th century, are located in Manila, Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur, Paoay, Ilocos Norte, and Miag-ao, Iloilo. Their unique architectural style is a reinterpretation of European Baroque by Chinese and Philippine craftsmen.

The Historic Town of Vigan
Year of Inscription: 1999

According to UNESCO, “It is the best preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Its architecture reflects the coming together of of the cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines and from China with those of Europe to create a unique culture townscape without parallel anywhere in the East and Southeast Asia.”

Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
Year of Inscription: 1995


Ifugao Rice Terraces
Image credit: Giovanni G. Navata via Wikimedia Commons


The Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras is an outstanding example of an evolved, living cultural landscape that can be traced as far back as two millennia ago in the pre-colonial Philippines. The terraces are located in the remote areas of the Philippine Cordillera mountain range on the northern island of Luzon, Philippine archipelago. While the historic terraces cover an extensive area, the inscribed property consists of five clusters of the most intact and impressive terraces, located in four municipalities. They are all the product of the Ifugao ethnic group, a minority community that has occupied these mountains for thousands of years.


Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary
Year of Inscription: 2014

Forming a mountain ridge running north-south along the Pujada Peninsula in the south-eastern part of the Eastern Mindanao Biodiversity Corridor, the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary has an elevation range of 75–1,637 m above sea level and provides critical habitat for a range of plant and animal species. The property showcases terrestrial and aquatic habitats at different elevations, and includes threatened and endemic flora and fauna species, eight of which are found only at Mount Hamiguitan. These include critically endangered trees, plants and the iconic Philippine eagle and Philippine cockatoo. (UNESCO)

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
Year of Inscription: 1999

The National Park beckons with its amazing limestone karst landscape and is located in the west coast of Palawan. The park boasts of a healthy ecosystem and protects some of the most significant forests in Asia. A highlight of each visit is a ride through its 8 kilometer long underground river. The river runs through a dome of stalactites complemented by stalagmites running the entire lenght of the cave.

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
Year of Inscription: 1993

The Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park covers an area of some 33,000 hectares and is located in the middle of the central Sulu Sea or approximately 98 nautical miles southeast of Puerto Princesa City in central Palawan. The park is home to a diverse population of marine life with more than 300 coral species and 400 species of fish and is recognized by the international communtiy for having the highest biodiversity level in the world.

Check out the list in the UNESCO website.