Petroglyphs & Petrographs

Angono Petroglyphs PhilippinesThese petroglyphs are of animate figures interpreted as representing juveniles or infants on a rock face in a rock shelter. The shelter is located southeast of the city of Manila, three kilometers from the town of Angono, and some 235 meters above sea level.  The shelter if formed by quaternary volcanics, located on the eastern limb of an anticline. The cave faces 305 degrees west and measures 632. 84 meters, 4.68 meters in height and 8.2 meters in depth. The cave was formed at the close of the Pleistocene, early part of the Holocene, at a period when the quaternary alluvium was not yet extensive.The petroglyphs occupy 25 meters of the rockwall with a height of 3.7 meters from the floor level. The engravings are executed into all the available space on the wall with no orientation nor association with one another. Continue reading

Top World Heritage Sites

UNESCO World Heritage SiteThere are five destinations in the Philippines that are on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. They are the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park, the Banaue Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, the Historic Town of Vigan, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan, and the Baroque Churches of the Philippines – Santo Tomàs de Villanueva in Miag-ao, Iloilo; San Agustin in Paoay, Ilocos Norte; Nuestra Señora dela Asunción in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur; and San Agustin in Intramuros, Manila. Continue reading

Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church in Miag-ao, Iloilo

Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church Miag-ao IloiloBuilt of local yellow-orange sandstone, the large fortress-church was completed in 1797. The church withstood typhoons and earthquakes, but it burned twice: first was during the revolution against Spain in 1898 and the second was during the Philippine-American War a few years later. Continue reading

Nuestra Señora dela Asunción in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur

Nuestra Senora dela Asuncion Church Santa Maria Ilocos SurNot following fully the traditional Spanish urban town plan of situating the church as the focus of the central town plaza, the location of the Nuesta Señora De La Asunción church and convent in Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur standing alone on the crown of a freestanding hill encircled by a stone retaining wall gives it a citadel appearance. Its appearance evokes a Mediterranean hill town, the only example of such in the Philippines. Continue reading

San Agustin Church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte

San Agustin Church Paoay Ilocos NorteThe San Agustin Church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte, began its construction in 1604 and finally completed in 1710. This is one of the most outstanding “earthquake baroque” structure in the Philippines where the primary concern was to design the church for earthquake protection. Continue reading

Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao

Ifugao Rice Terraces PhilippinesAmong the world heritage sites in the Philippines, the Rice Terraces of the Philippines Cordilleras have such a powerful presence that makes them one of the most outstanding places in the country. Lying high in the Cordillera mountain range, their setting cannot be replicated anywhere in the lowland tropical landscape of the Philippines – or even anywhere in the world, for that matter.

High in the remote areas of the Philippine Cordillera mountain range, scholars believe, slopes have been terraced and planted with rice as far back as 2,000 years. Mountains terraced into paddies that still survive in varying Continue reading

Puerto Princessa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park PalawanPuerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan lies in the Saint Paul Mountain Range, 81 kilometers (50 miles) from the center of Puerto Princesa City, but is still within the city boundaries. The Park is a natural wonder. Its geological features are unique and the Subterranean River is said to be among the longest in the world measuring up to 8.2 kilometers (5 miles). Continue reading

Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park in Palawan

Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park Palawan PhilippinesThe country’s first inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1993 was the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park in Palawan, a distinction so appropriate for an island nation that traditionally looks towards the sea as a life-giving force, the traditional center of people’s lives. Continue reading