FOR now, no single Bohol’s centuries-old church, some of those suffered the devastation of the earthquake in 2013, has been included in the list of world cultural heritage sites of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). But the Chocolate Hills with its 1,776 canonical mounds that continues to amaze thousands of visitors annually, made it to the updated world heritage list of natural heritage of the UNESCO, Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.
The churches of Boljo-on in Cebu, Lazi, Siquijor and Tumauini in Isabela were included by the UNESCO. Other natural heritage sites also included the following: Butuan Archaeological Sites in Agusan del Norte; Kabayan Mummy Burial Caves in Benguet; Neolithic Shell Midden Sites in Lal-lo and Gattaran Municipalities, Cagayan Province; Paleolithic Archaeological Sites in Cagayan Valley in the towns of Solana and Peñablanca, Cagayan; Petroglyphs and Petrographs of the Philippines; and the Tabon Cave Complex and all of Lipuun Point, Palawan, PDI said.
The Coron Island Natural Biotic Area (Palawan); El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area (Palawan); Mount Iglit-Baco National Park (Mindoro); Mount Malindang Range Natural Park (Northwestern Mindanao); Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape (Palawan); Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park and Outlying Areas (Isabela, Aurora); and Mount Pulag National Park (Benguet, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya) are among the natural heritage sites being listed.
Also considered in the newl list are Mayon Volcano in Albay and Turtle Islands in the Sulu Sea, the Apo Reef National Park in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, the report said. “This updated list has been sent to the World Heritage Center in Paris and will be discussed for approval by the body in Bonn, Germany, in June,” the report said.
It will be recalled that the UNESCO has decided to delist some Bohol churches, including Baclayon church, said to be the oldest stone church in the country, following the earthquake in October 15, 2013.
Also delisted from the natural heritage sites, the report said, include the Panglao island due to alleged environmental destruction. (rvo)