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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

Bethlehem's Nativity Church removed from UNESCO endangered list

Jul 03, 2019 - 8:15 AM

UNESCO notes the high-quality work of Church and Palestinian officials in restoring 'roof, exterior facades, mosaics and doors'

A view of a stained glass window at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank holy city of Bethlehem on July 2, 2019. Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was born, was removed from UNESCO's list of endangered world heritage sites on today following restorations there. The church was named a UNESCO world heritage site in 2012 and placed on its endangered list the same year due to its poor condition. AHMAD GHARABLI / 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

UNESCO releases new handbook on climate change reporting in Asia Pacific

May 12, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The new handbook for journalists says climate change coverage at the local level 'can save lives, formulate plans, change policy and empower people to make informed choices'

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

Jailed Reuters journalists in Myanmar win U.N. press freedom prize

Apr 10, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been behind bars since December 2017, detained on claims of violating state secrets

JAILED. The two Reuters journalists face 7 years in prison after allegedly obtaining classified documents illegally. Wa Lone photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP, Kyaw Soe Oo photo by Aung Kyaw Htet/AFP.

Singapore defends U.N. bid for street food honor

Mar 28, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Singapore nominates its popular 'hawker culture' for UN recognition to 'safeguard' its local street food culture

Award-winning Egyptian photojournalist freed from jail

Mar 05, 2019 - 12:07 AM

The photographer, widely known as Shawkan, faces 5 years of strict supervision and will be required to spend every night sleeping at his local police station, but he vows to resume his work

FREED. Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, widely known as Shawkan, carries a camera at his home in the capital Cairo on March 4, 2019. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

UNESCO adds reggae music to global cultural heritage list

Nov 29, 2018 - 5:31 PM

'Reggae music's 'contribution to international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love and humanity underscores the dynamics of the element as being at once cerebral, socio-political, sensual and spiritual,' the organization says

Rastafarian Reggae fans gather at the start of the Bob Marley Earthday Festival and Rasta Fair at the South Beach in Durban, on February 3, 2018. (Photo by RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP)

Wind farm 'predator' effect hits ecosystems – study

Nov 06, 2018 - 3:30 PM

An international team of scientists finds that predatory raptor birds are 4 times rarer in areas of plateau where wind turbines are present

#TruthNeverDies: 'Killing a journalist does not kill the truth'

Nov 02, 2018 - 10:07 PM

Media from around the world take part in a global campaign calling for the end of impunity against journalist

Photo courtesy of UNESCO

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

UNESCO teaches fact-checking in new handbook

Sep 22, 2018 - 12:08 PM

The handbook gives journalism educators, trainers, and students a framework to help navigate the issues associated with ‘fake news’

FULL TEXT: Kidlat Tahimik’s open letter to Baguio and BACCI

Sep 04, 2018 - 8:49 PM

On the 109th Baguio day, the indie film icon calls for more support for the city's art and artists

KIDLAT TAHIMIK. The film icon pens a letter to his hometown and its artists. Rappler screenshot

Singapore bid for UN street food honor sparks culinary clash

Aug 30, 2018 - 4:08 PM

'When you talk about hawkers, Singapore is not the only one to have hawker culture,' says Malaysian chef Redzuawan Ismail

HAWKER CULTURE. Singapore is home to countless hawker centers such as this one in Tiong Bahru, where food stalls serve various local dishes at affordable prices. File photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

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

‘Journalism, F*ke News and Disinformation’: Fighting back is now mission critical

Jun 09, 2018 - 4:36 PM

Journalists need to ramp up their coverage of disinformation actors, even outside of election periods. They can partner with others, including communities, in combating pollution of the information environment.

Parisians seek UNESCO heritage status for bistros, cafes

Jun 08, 2018 - 4:31 PM

An association wants to raise awareness both in France and abroad of 'the role that bistros and cafe terraces play in bringing people and cultures together, and their role as intellectual and artistic melting pots'

CULTURE. People eat at the terrace of a restaurant while protesters walk past during a demonstration calling for the legalisation of undocumented immigrants in Paris on June 2, 2018. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Marine scientist is 2018 'Women in Science' National Fellow

Jun 06, 2018 - 8:03 AM

Dr Charissa Marcaida Ferrera hopes that with her fellowship, she could inspire young girls to pursue a career in science

FELLOW. Charissa Marcaida Ferrera is a university researcher from the UP Marine Science Institute. Photo courtesy of L’Oréal Foundation

Shining a spotlight on Pinay scientists

May 26, 2018 - 4:24 PM

The achievements of notable Filipina scientists are proof that women scientists thrive in the Philippines

#TheWrap: Videos to watch this week, April 30-May 6, 2018

May 06, 2018 - 11:39 AM

Here are the must-watch videos this week!

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Executive Order which prohibits illegal contractualization while delivering his speech during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

On World Press Freedom Day, rights groups urge public to support journalists

May 03, 2018 - 1:14 PM

This year's celebration of the global event comes amid continuing attacks against the Philippine press, says Human Rights Watch

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 3, 2018

May 03, 2018 - 10:04 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

RESCUE OPERATIONS. A viral video from the DFA shows the rescue of distressed OFWs in Kuwait. Screenshot from DFA video

WATCH: Makinig. Magbasa. Magmasid. Mag-isip.

May 03, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Philippine media groups ABS-CBN News, the CMFR, the NUJP, the PCIJ, Rappler, and the SunStar group launch an animated video that encourages people to read more, listen more, and consume news from diverse sources.

Rappler partners with UNESCO, global news groups for World Press Freedom Day 2018

May 03, 2018 - 7:30 AM

This worldwide campaign aims to bring together media groups from different countries and regions to support free and independent media

[OPINION] What does it even mean to be free?

May 02, 2018 - 3:04 PM

As we prepare to celebrate World Press Freedom Day, we try to take stock not only of our freedom to tell stories and speak truth to power, but also of our new world that we assume appreciates such freedom

World Press Freedom Day 2018

May 01, 2018 - 12:48 PM

Rappler joins in the celebration of the 2018 World Press Freedom Day happening on May 2-3, 2018 with the theme, ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law’

#25SecondsForPressFreedom: Journalists explain why press freedom matters

Apr 29, 2018 - 10:10 PM

In a UNESCO campaign for World Press Freedom Day, renowned journalists talk about the importance of press freedom in a democracy

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

Egyptian photojournalist Shawkan winner of 2018 World Press Freedom Prize

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:56 AM

'The choice of Mahmoud Abu Zeid pays tribute to his courage, resistance and commitment to freedom of expression,' says Maria Ressa, president of the independent international jury of media professionals on the 2018 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

JAILED PHOTOJOURNALIST. Photographer Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as Shawkan, gesturing from inside a soundproof glass dock, during his trial in the capital Cairo on August 9, 2016. He is the wiiner of the 2018 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

LOOK: BenCab creates Baguio logo for Creative Cities Network

Feb 01, 2018 - 4:49 PM

The Philippine city is represented by 3 mountain ranges and the Philippine flag

Macron wants French baguette to get UNESCO heritage status

Jan 13, 2018 - 10:40 AM

'The baguette is envied around the world. We must preserve its excellence and our expertise, and it is for this reason that it should be heritage-listed,' says President Emmanuel Macron

BAGUETTE. President Emmanuel Macron wants France's traditional baguette to be recognized as one of the world's cultural treasures on UNESCO's list of 'intangible heritage.' File photo from Wikipedia

Naples pizza-making wins UNESCO heritage status

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:45 PM

The art of the 'pizzaiuolo' joins UNESCO's list of 'intangible heritage,' securing the coveted status alongside a host of cultural treasures

WORLD HERITAGE. Members of the Pizzaioli Acrobats Coldiretti perform 'twirling' pizza to celebrate the Unesco decision to make the art of Neapolitan 'Pizzaiuolo' an 'intangible heritage,' on December 7, 2017 in Naples.  Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Naples pizza twirling seeks nod as UNESCO 'intangible'

Dec 02, 2017 - 6:09 PM

Naples' candidacy for pizza twirling has created a buzz in the southern Italian city where the art has been handed down for generations

A competitor removes his pizza from the oven during the 2014 Pizza makers World Championships in Naples on September 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MARIO LAPORTA / AFP PHOTO / MARIO LAPORTA

UP mass communication dean named to UNESCO national commission

Nov 29, 2017 - 6:15 PM

A communications expert for more than two decades, UP mass communication dean Elena Pernia will serve as UNESCO member for 3 years

UP DEAN. University of the Philippines mass communication dean Elena Pernia is appointed member of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines. File photo courtesy of UPCMC Alumni Association

LIVE: Closing Spaces – How do media and civil society fight back?

Nov 16, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Watch the livestream of this debate seminar in Copenhagen about journalism, democracy, and human rights

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 3, 2017

Nov 03, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday.

Baguio named to UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Nov 02, 2017 - 2:17 PM

Baguio, cited for crafts and folk art, is the first Philippine city to join the exclusive club

Filipina scientist wins prestigious 'Women in Science' fellowship in Australia

Oct 26, 2017 - 10:39 AM

Dr Jacquiline Romero, a researcher at the University of Queensland in Australia, is recognized as an Australian Fellow of the prestigious L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship for her work on quantum alphabets

FELLOW. Dr Jacquiline Romero is one of the Australian Fellows of the prestigious L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship. Screenshot from YouTube

World's deepest lake in peril, scientists warn

Oct 19, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Over the past several years, Lake Baikal, a major international tourist attraction, is being crippled by a series of detrimental phenomena, some of which remain a mystery to scientists

BAIKAL LAKE. A handout picture taken on September 20, 2015 and provided by Oleg Timoshkin, biologist at the Russian Academy of Sciences' Limnological Institute in Irkutsk, shows Spirogyra algae in the waters of Lake Baikal.  File photo by Oleg Timoshkin/Russian Academy of Sciences' Limnological Institute/AFP

U.S. pulls out of UN cultural body, citing 'anti-Israel' bias

Oct 12, 2017 - 9:25 PM

(UPDATED) 'This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO,' US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says in a statement

UNESCO. A logo of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is displayed in front of the organization headquarters on September 14, 2011. File photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Baguio is in the running to become a UNESCO creative city

Sep 01, 2017 - 9:01 PM

UPDATED The summer capital s creative culture will hopefully get the recognition it so richly deserves

DepEd partners with UNESCO, KOICA on new ALS project

Jul 19, 2017 - 10:49 AM

The project will focus on Tacloban City and the municipality of Palo in Leyte

ALS PROJECT. According to DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, the initiative aims to tackle gender inequality in education, and help girls to realize their full potential. All photos by Cielo Esmeria

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

Mosul minaret destruction 'deepens wounds' of Iraqis – UNESCO

Jun 22, 2017 - 8:26 PM

The head of the UN s cultural agency says This new destruction deepens the wounds of a society already affected by an unprecedented humanitarian tragedy

BOKOVA ON IRAQ DESTRUCTION. Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Irina Bokova speaks during a session of the Belt and Road Forum at the China National Convention Center (CNCC) in Beijing on May 14, 2017. File photo by Mark Schiefelbein/AFP

LIVE: World Press Freedom Day 2017

May 04, 2017 - 4:08 PM

Watch the commemoration of this year s World Press Freedom Day in Jakarta Indonesia