Country File: Philippines

Today’s Country File is where we’re stopping on the way back from our upcoming dive trip to Palau, seeing as how you pretty much can’t fly to Palau from Asia without stopping in it: Republika ng Pilipinas, commonly known as the Philippines!

Flag of the Philippines

The Philippines joined UNESCO on 21 November 1946, making it a real country by‘s standard; it has 6 inscribed and 19 tentative World Heritage Sites,  and 2 wonders on the New 7 Wonders lists:

Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary (2014)
Historic City of Vigan (1999)
Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park (1999)
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (1993)
Baroque Churches of the Philippines (1993)
Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras (1995)

The Tabon Cave Complex and all of Lipuun (16/05/2006)
Paleolithic Archaeological Sites in Cagayan Valley (16/05/2006)
Kabayan Mummy Burial Caves (16/05/2006)
Butuan Archeological Sites (16/05/2006)
Baroque Churches of the Philippines (Extension) (16/05/2006)
Petroglyphs and Petrographs of the Philippines (16/05/2006)
Neolithic Shell Midden Sites in Lal-lo and Gattaran Municipalities (16/05/2006)
Chocolate Hills Natural Monument (16/05/2006)
Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park (16/05/2006)
Mt. Pulag National Park (16/05/2006)
Apo Reef Natural Park (16/05/2006)
El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area (16/05/2006)
Coron Island Natural Biotic Area (16/05/2006)
Mt. Iglit-Baco National Park (16/05/2006)
Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park and outlying areas inclusive of the buffer zone(16/05/2006)
Batanes Protected landscapes and seascapes (15/08/1993)
Mt. Mantalingahan Protected Landscape (20/03/2015)
Mayon Volcano Natural Park (MMVNP) (20/03/2015)
Turtle Islands Wildlife Sanctuary (20/03/2015)

New 7 Wonders:

Puerto Princesa Underground River

Vigan, Philippines

TCC counts the Philippines as one place, and MTP splits it into three:

Luzon (Northern)
Mindanao (Southern)
Visayas (Central)


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