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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

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

Climate change threatens half World Heritage sites' glaciers – report

May 01, 2019 - 12:00 AM

Authors of a new study 'predict glacier extinction by 2100 under a high emission scenario in 21 of the 46 natural World Heritage sites where glaciers are currently found'

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

Worst fears confirmed as famed Palmyra temple flattened

Sep 02, 2015 - 8:22 AM

The destruction of the Temple of Bel sparked outrage and international headlines precisely the reaction the jihadist group may have been seeking experts say

BETTER DAYS. The file picture dated November 12, 2010 shows a general view of the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria. Youssef Badawi/EPA

ISIS destroys part of famed Palmyra temple – monitor, activists

Aug 31, 2015 - 2:55 PM

The Islamic State ISIS jihadist group blows up parts of the Temple of Bel in Syria s ancient city of Palmyra

BETTER DAYS. An undated handout picture made available on May 17, 2015, by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, about 215 kilometers northeast of Damascus. SANA/ Handout/EPA

Palmyra temple destruction a 'new war crime'

Aug 25, 2015 - 9:43 AM

The destruction of the Baal Shamin temple considered the second most significant in ancient Palmyra raises concerns for the rest of the UNESCO World Heritage site

ISIS blows up temple in Syria's Palmyra – antiquities chief

Aug 24, 2015 - 8:10 AM

Syria s antiquities chief: Our darkest predictions are unfortunately taking place

BEFORE DESTRUCTION. A picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows the Temple of Baal Shamin seen through two Corinthian columns in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometers northeast of Damascus. Joseph Eid/File/AFP

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

ISIS beheads elderly ex-antiquities chief in Syria's Palmyra

Aug 20, 2015 - 6:43 AM

UNESCO chief on Khaled al Assaad: His work will live on far beyond the reach of these extremists They murdered a great man but they will never silence history

MURDERED BY ISIS. An undated handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on August 19, 2015 shows the late 82-year old retired chief archaeologist of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, Khaled al-Assaad, giving a press conference at an unknown location in Syria. SANA/Handout/AFP

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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

ISIS jihadists threaten ancient Palmyra ruins

May 21, 2015 - 3:59 PM

2nd UPDATE ISIS proclaims Palmyra s capture online and posted video and several pictures including of a hospital and a prison and a military airbase but none of the ancient site

IN DANGER. An undated handout picture made available on May 17, 2015, by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, about 215 kilometers northeast of Damascus. SANA/Handout/EPA

Syria's Palmyra in peril after ISIS overruns most of city

May 20, 2015 - 9:10 PM

UPDATED The jihadists notorious for demolishing archaeological treasures since declaring a caliphate last year straddling Iraq and Syria appeared to have fought their way into Palmyra on foot after breaking through in the city s north

Obama eyes sped up training, weapons for Iraqi tribes after Ramadi rout

May 20, 2015 - 9:02 AM

The White House has described the loss of Ramadi as a setback but played down suggestions that the war is being lost

Iraq Shiite militias head for Ramadi after ISIS takeover

May 19, 2015 - 9:12 AM

Washington which had made Iraq s Anbar province – of which Ramadi is the capital – a cornerstone of its assistance to Baghdad against ISIS admitted to a setback

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on May 18, 2015 by Aamaq News Agency, a Youtube channel which posts videos from areas under the Islamic State (ISIS) group's control, allegedly shows an ISIS fighter hanging a flag of the group in a street of Ramadi, the Iraqi capital of Anbar province, a day after the city was captured by ISIS. Aamaq News Agency/Handout/AFP

ISIS jihadists take Ramadi but pinned back in Palmyra

May 18, 2015 - 7:30 AM

The effective loss of the capital of Iraq s largest province of Anbar marks one of Baghdad s worst setbacks since it began a nationwide offensive last year

Iraqi security forces stand guard as residents from the city of Ramadi, who fled their homes on May 16, 2015 as Islamic State (ISIS) group militants tightened their siege on the last government positions in the capital of Anbar province, a day after they seized the city's government headquarters, wait to cross Bzeibez bridge, on the southwestern frontier of Baghdad with Anbar province, after IS group jihadists took control of all the other routes connecting the province with the Iraqi capital. Sabah Arar/AFP

ISIS seizes northern part of Syria's Palmyra – monitor

May 17, 2015 - 12:24 AM

UPDATED The jihadists have inched closer to the ancient metropolis since it began its offensive on Palmyra

The file picture dated November 12, 2010 shows a general view of the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria. Youssef Badawi/EPA

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

Follow the law, China tells fishermen amid PH ruling

Aug 07, 2014 - 5:00 PM

China also vows to assist the 12 Chinese fishermen whose ship ran aground on the Tubbataha Reef found outside the disputed South China Sea

File photo of the 12 Chinese nationals arrested for illegal fishing in Tubbataha Reef, April 2013. Photo from Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Facebook page

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

Australia says UNESCO reef deferral 'a win for logic'

Jun 19, 2014 - 12:43 PM

UNESCO raises particular concerns about the approval in December of a massive coal port expansion in the region and allowing the dumping of millions of tons of dredge waste within the marine park waters

ENDANGERED WORLD WONDER. The Great Barrier Reef may find itself in the UNESCO list of endangered world heritage sites. Photo courtesy of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Australians rally over future of Tasmania forest

Jun 14, 2014 - 4:44 PM

They protest the Australian government s petition to UNESCO to revoke the World Heritage listing for the 74 000 hectare forest therefore opening it up to the timber industry

SAVE THE FOREST. Some 5,000 Tasmanians at a rally to oppose the delisting of Tasmania's World Heritage forests in Hobart, Tasmania. AFP Photo/Rob Blakers/ The Wilderness Society

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

Africa's most biodiverse area endangered by UK oil firm – WWF

Oct 08, 2013 - 8:56 AM

The wildlife charity claims that Soco International s oil exploration activities in and around Virunga National Park puts people animals and habitats at risk