Mayon Volcano, world-renowned for its perfect cone shape, made it to the shortlist of candidates for the World Heritage Site title of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

CAGSAWA_RUINS-600x450 The church tower is what remains of the Cagsawa Ruins, which was buried by the 1814 eruption of Mayon Volcano. It withstood the damage done by Typhoon Durian (Reming) in 2006. Photo by Tomas Tam. Licensed under Attribution via Wikimedia Commons Mayon, designated as Mayon Volcano National Park, becomes the first location in Albay and the Bicol Region to be included in the UNESCO March 2015 list. In 2014, Albay Gov. Joey Salceda nominated Mayon, along with other areas in the province, to UNESCO’s list. “It is a commitment to protect Albay’s natural habitats, as seen in its increased forest cover of 88% from 26, 298 hectares in 2003 to 44, 891 hectares by 2010,” he said. “A UNESCO recognition entitles the area for more protection.”

Mayon-Volcano-in-Albay-Philippines-600x383Mayon Volcano in Albay, Philippines Photo by Tomas Tam. Licensed under Attribution via Wikimedia Commons With this nomination, the local government is hoping for an eventual inclusion after passing UNESCO’s stringent authenticity and integrity review process. The inclusion will help boost tourism and environmental protection campaigns in the province. Albay is among the fastest growing tourism destinations in the country. Many come to see Mayon Volcano – majestic and towering – and other destinations like the Cagsawa Ruins Park.



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