Mt. Hamiguitan World Heritage Park

Mt. Hamiguitan World Heritage Park

Mount Hamiguitan is a mountain located in the province of Davao Oriental, Philippines. It has a height of 1,620 metres (5,315 ft). The mountain and its vicinity has one of the most diverse wildlife populations in the country. Among the wildlife found in the area are Philippine eagles and several species of Nepenthes. Some of the latter, such as the Nepenthes peltata, are endemic to the area.  The mountain has a protected forest area of approximately 2,000 hectares. This woodland is noted for its unique pygmy forest of century old trees in ultramafic soil, with many endangered, endemic and rare species of flora and fauna.

The Mount Hamiguitan range, with an area of 6,834 hectares (68.34 km2), was declared a national park and a wildlife sanctuary in 2003.  In 2014, the park was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (source: wikipedia)

Just recently during my vacation in the Philippines I was informed about the Heritage Park.  I wanted to climb the mountain and see the beauty of Mt. Hamiguitan but I was told that it was not allowed yet.  However, me and my family decided to give it a try and visit the Park.

San Isidro, Davao Oriental is around 4 hours drive from Davao city and I was not expecting a lot before I went there.  To my surprise, what i found was amazing.  The museum is really nice and cool.  I think it’s way better that the ones in Davao City.  It’s very detailed, artistic, hi-tech and you will learn a lot about Mt. Hamiguitan and what you can see there.

There are lots of things you and your family can do there.  Learn the different kinds of animals inhabiting the mountain.  Know the beautiful flowers, plants and trees that grow there. Play different games / activities inside the museum.

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This is the perfect place for young children.  As early as possible we should educate them about places like these and how to protect them.  Enough with playing games online/mobile.  We should teach them different activities that will help them become better individuals.  People nowadays are given access to sites like these and we should take advantage of it.  At the same time, we should be responsible citizens when coming here.  This is a heritage site and we should respect what we see here.  People took time to build and beautify this place.  Never throw your trash anymore, and don’t try to pick flowers or trees.  Don’t vandalize the place.

There are still al lot of things that need to be done to promote and improve this place.  However, this is a good start.  I just hope the local government and its people would be able to maintain the beauty of this place.

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Please take note that Mount Hamiguitan is the Philippines’ sixth World Heritage Site. The others are: Tubbataha Reef Natural Park in Palawan; baroque churches in Manila, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte and Iloilo; Rice Terraces in the Cordillera Region; Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park; and Vigan City in Ilocos Sur.

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18 thoughts on “Mt. Hamiguitan World Heritage Park

  1. hey…glad i found your blog. but i still need help. i am backpacking parts of mindanao for 14 days..and visiting the heritage park is part of my plan. i am going there next thursday. from san isidro would you know if there are public transpo or habal habal that can bring me to the park? how much is the entrance fee if there is any. is there an accommodation inside the park? thanks for your reply which i hope to read before i leave; thank you!

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