Petroglyphs and Petrographs of the Philippines
Petroglyphs and Petrographs of the Philippines is part of the Tentative list of Philippines in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
Click here for a short description of the site, as delivered by the state party.
- ●● Tentative
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
Considered as the oldest known art work in the Philippines,the Angono Petroglyphs are dated back to 3000BC. The drawings - 127 identified - are carved out from a rock shelter dwelling in the town of Binangonan - some 40 minute drive from Quezon City - in the Province of Rizal. Though highly regarded as a National Cultural Treasure, and one of the four highly endangered sites in the Philippines, this curiosity is not so known even to townsmen. The site isn't big - probably at a length of 50 meters long. Though authentic, there have been hearsays that the materials used in carving the petroglyphs that were found onsite are largely missing already within the National Museum's walls; thus, this might give a hard time in bolstering further the right to claim for a WHS title. Due to limited funds given in the maintenance of the site, the National Museum's satellite office, which is in charge in supervising the site - charges a reasonable fee of 10.00 PhP (.25$)
Visited the Angono Petroglyphs last month (June 2011). The site is also referred to as the oldest known artwork in the Philippines.
The site is well-managed: nice landscaping, small but adequate museum facilities, a platform for viewing the petroglyphs.
However, transportation to the site is a little difficult. There's been no report on public transportation so independent travel to the cave area is not really that attractive. I ended up hitchhiking with locals. Other options would be to rent private vehicles.
Another issue would be the buffer zone of the site. A good part of the hill/mountain seems to be located within a private residential village.
All in all, it was a very rewarding experience.
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- Full name: Petroglyphs and Petrographs of the Philippines
- Country: Philippines
2006 - Submitted
2006 - Revision
Includes former TWHS Angono Triglyphs (1993)