BACLAYON, Bohol – Officials of this town and Loboc town move fast to save what they consider as losses when the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) deleted their centuries-old churches nominated to the list of World Heritage Sites (WHS). Municipal councilor Rosendo Sendoy Guingguing succeeded in convincing his colleagues in the Sangguniang Bayan here by approving his sponsored Resolution asking the UNESCO to reconsider Baclayon church be included in the WHS nominees. We have continuously strived to keep our heritage alive and be brought to the fore for the next generation to adore and love, KAg. Guingguing said in his privilege delivered speech before the regular session last week. Vice-Mayor Pablio Bebot Sumampong, presiding officer of the Loboc legislature, said in a radio interview that he will push for approval of a Resolution for the same purpose. And reports said that the Sangguniang Bayan of Loboc town passed the said Resolution asking the UNESCO to reconsider the Loboc church as nominee to the WHS. Sumampong said that this is also considering that Loboc church was built in 1602 thus making it centuries-old worthy of the WHS list.
Both Baclayon and Loboc churches are one of the main attractions in tourism industry in the province. Aside fromthese, baclayon hosts the whale and dolphin watching come-on and Loboc has its unique river cruising that attracts thousands annually. UNESCO has delisted the centuries-old churches of Loboc and Baclayon towns, which are now in ruins for the reason that these churches are destroyed by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck the province on October 15, 2013. Also removed from the list of nominees in Unesco?s world heritage sites is Panglao island due to pollution and man-made interventions, the reports said. Included in the delisting under the natural category are the Taal Volcano, Batangas province and Mt. Apo in Davao del Sur due to the same reasons.
Those retain in the list of nimonations include churches of Boljoon, Cebu; Maragondon, Cavite; Lazi, Siquijor; Tumauini, Isabela; and San Sebastian, Manila.
The world heritage sites has already declared by Unesco include Vigan in 1992; Baroque churches in 1993; Tubbataha Reefs National Park in Plawan, 1993; Rice Terraces, Cordillera, 1995; Puerto Prinsesa Subterranean Rive National Park, 2009; and Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, 2014, the reports said.
Unesco has updated its list as a first step to the world heritage site during a recent gathering of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines (UNACOM) ?Moving Forward: World Heritage and Buisphere Nomination Workshop? held in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, it said. Mayor Montero said that there?s
still a lot to do for her town but short of saying what to do on ?man-made interventions? that made the island removed from the said list. She added that raising awareness and educating the people on environmental preservation and protection are her priority now. Panglao island, including Dauis town, is noted of a lot of environmental violations particularly the coastal 20-meter salvage zone by beach resorts mostly owned and operated by private entities.
The Unesco has retain Chocolate Hills Natural Monument under the natural category, the reports said. The good news is that Chocolate Hills is the country?s natural wonder and one of the top sites to visit the country, the The Huffington Post said in its latest edition. Included in the same sites are the ?the world’s most perfectly formed volcano Mount Mayon in Bicol, 2,000-year-old rice terraces in Banaue and the pristine beaches in El Nido, Palawan with its “magnificent limestone formations and crazy-colorful coral reefs.”
Balicasag island, off Panglao island was also cited as reasons the country is the best tropical destination, Huffington said. It equally mentioned some diving spots such as Malapascua Island, with four different shipwrecks to explore, the uncrowded and incredible reefs and diving sites Apo island. Nathan Allen, world traveler and creator of the travel blog I Dreamed of This, described Philippine beaches and mountain regions as “nothing short of spectacular” and “still has an element of rugged adventure that is missing from other more touristy destinations,” The Huffington said. (RVO)