Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary

Mt. Hamiguitan Range, new UNESCO World Heritage Site

The newest UNESCO World Heritage Site for the Philippines: MT. HAMIGUITAN RANGE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY  is incribed!

The newest UNESCO World Heritage Site for the Philippines: MT. HAMIGUITAN RANGE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY is incribed! It’s the 6th for the country and the first in Mindanao Island!

Mt Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary has just been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site! It’s the 6th and newest for the Philippines as declared in the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee in Doha Qatar, announced today, 23 June 2014.

It is also the first World Heritage Site found in the major island of Mindanao. From the UNESCO website Tentative list:

Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in Mindanao, Philippines is the only protected forest noted for its unique bonsai field or ‘pygmy’ forest of 100-year old trees in an ultramafic soil. Mt. Hamiguitan has been found to have five (5) vegetation types and these are the agroecosystem, dipterocarp, montane and typical mossy and the mossy-pygmy forest. This serially nominated property is found to possess high and varied ecosystem with many endangered, endemic and rare species of flora and fauna.

The 6,834-hectare total surface area of Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary is characterized by five (5) vegetation types, namely, agro-ecosystem (75-420m asl), dipterocarp (420-920m asl), montane (920-1160m asl), typical mossy (1160-1350m asl) and the mossy-pygmy forest (1160-1200m asl). Each of these forest type harbors endemic, threatened, rare and economically important species of flora and fauna.

Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary belongs to the 15 biogeographic zones in the Philippines considered to have the highest land-based biological diversity in terms of flora and fauna per unit area. This site is therefore nominated for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List for its outstanding universal significance.

The Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary was submitted for inclusion last 21 December 2009 by the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines and has been in the Tentative list until now. It is also home to several endangered flora and fauna including the national bird, the Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi).

The Philippines’s other five UNESCO World Heritage Sites are the following:

  • Baroque Churches of the Philippines
  • Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
  • Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  • Historic Town of Vigan
  • Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park
Mt. Hamiguitan Range in the background as photographed along the highway in Gov. Generoso, Davao Oriental

Mt. Hamiguitan Range in the background as photographed along the highway in Gov. Generoso, Davao Oriental

A habal-habal plies the highway in Gov. Generoso in Davao Oriental with the newly inscribed UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary

A habal-habal plies the highway in Gov. Generoso in Davao Oriental with the newly inscribed UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, in the background

These images were taken May 2004 when I traveled to Gov. Generoso in Davao Oriental.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

7 Comments

  1. @EstanCabigas
    June 23, 2014 @ 19:18

    Mt. Hamiguitan Range, new UNESCO World Heritage Site: The newest UNESCO World Heritage Site for the Philippine… http://t.co/RWSg30QOTy

  2. @EstanCabigas
    June 23, 2014 @ 19:59

    Mabuhay! Mt. Hamiguitan Range, new #UNESCO #WorldHeritage Site, #philippines #mindanao

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  3. @iamwanderman
    June 23, 2014 @ 22:58

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  4. @tonyocruz
    June 24, 2014 @ 6:34

    Good News: UNESCO proclaims Mindanao’s first, Philippines’ 6th World Heritage Site: Mt. Hamiguitan Range http://t.co/I3Up0TK4xF #TonyoList

  5. Adrenaline Romance
    June 24, 2014 @ 13:50

    That’s truly wonderful news!

  6. @AdrenalnRomance
    June 24, 2014 @ 13:57

    Mt. Hamiguitan Range, new UNESCO World Heritage Site http://t.co/XL2vk4RkQU @LangyawMedia #Philippines

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