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Heritage of Philippines


The rich heritage of Philippines is embedded through a series of monumental works. It's interesting to note that unlike other countries, the vastness of Philippine heritage has not remained confined into walls of old buildings but even found its way through the natural enclaves surrounded by white sandy beaches which also houses some of the important traditional landmarks of the country.

Here's sharing with you some facts on popular heritage sites of Philippines---

1. Historic Town of Vigan ---

The historic Town of Vigan is situated in northeastern part of Luzon and was formerly established as a center of business excellence by the Spanish ruler's way back in 1572. Due to its well planned roads and residential areas, it is considered to be the most well defined model town of a contrived Spanish colonial town. Its wide architectural facets reflect the intermingling of various cultures that made Philippines their home land. Though this historic town has considerable Spanish influence in every sphere yet the dominant exertion of Filipino culture cannot be denied as many of its spectacular old monuments draws its inspiration from the Filipino tradition. The cosmopolitan life style of the town still pre eminent and continues to attract tourist lovers from different corners of the country.

2. Baroque Churches of the Philippines---

The international body of U.N.E.S.C.O declared Baroque Churches of the Philippines as a World Heritage Site in the year 1993. It is actually a collection of four Spanish churches named as--San Agustin Church in Manila, Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion in Santa Maria, San Agustin Church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte and Sto, Tomas de Villanueva Church in Miag-ao, Iloilo. These old churches have played a dominant role in Philippine history and were once considered as the political and social lynchpin of Spanish colonial rule in Philippines. The unparalleled architectural decors of the church are replete with Biblical references from the Latin scriptures. Evidences indicate that these churches were subject to countless attacks and witness to some of the worst revolutions of the country which also to a great extend left behind some indelible marks on its architectural splendor.

3. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras---

The world famous Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras is situated in Ifugao which is believed to be home to the ancient Fillipino culture and other manicured rice terraces formed in midst of mountains. In the earlier days, the inhabitants of Ifugao initiated a planned watershed management system to enhance the growth of these terraces. Geographically, Ifugao, is a land-locked area situated at the foot of the Cordillera Mountain Range, surrounded by the province of Benguet on the west, Nueva Viscaya to the south, Isabela on the east and on to the north lies the Mountain Province.

Thus, the major aspects of Philippine heritage lie in the fact that it encompasses the traditional growth of the country avoided through years of struggle and hard work.

 


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