Home of Philippine Eagle listed as World Heritage Site

The World Heritage Committee on June 23 added properties in Russian Federation, Costa Rica, Viet Nam, India, Philippines and Denmark on the World Heritage List.

“The property [Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary Davao Oriental, Philippines] showcases terrestrial and aquatic habitats at different elevations, and includes threatened and endemic flora and fauna species, eight of which are found only at Mount Hamiguitan. These include critically endangered trees, plants and the iconic Philippine Eagle and Philippine Cockatoo,” World Heritage Convention of United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization said in a news release.

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The Philippine eagle is the country’s symbol and is also known as “haribon” or bird king, with a wingspan of two meters, second largest eagle in the world.

To date, Philippines now has 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Historic Town of Vigan, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, Baroque Churches of the Philippines, Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, and the newly listed Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary.

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