Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero Profile

It is with no surprise that I have a fascination towards World Heritage Sites as I grew up in the Northern region of the Philippines that boasts four W.H. Sites (Vigan, 2 Baroque Churches, and the Rice Terraces). This actually makes this area as a major cultural and heritage hotspot in my country.

Also, I really just feel connected with most of the places inscribed as W.H.S. I enjoy being amazed and stunned by some of the world's best wonders and gifts to humanity. The rush of blood I get when I see sites brings me a lot of joy. I do not know why exactly, but it always happens. It is what it is.

I also like talking about the sites I have visited and my experiences in seeing them, even if it makes me appear like a geek more than anything - let's face it, serious and informed heritage trips are not a popular tourism agenda.


Any question, let me know: bjeg2000@gmail.com

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Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen

Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero The Philippines - 02-May-19

Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen

Bugeun-ri, Ganghwa: The tourist park is now being expanded at the back to include four more extant dolmens within the vicinity --- one, which is half buried, seems to be even bigger than the capstone of Big Dolmen (Bugeulli jiseok). I also decided to take a leisurely walk further into the adjoining pine forest-- a good idea to escape from the heat. Walking for 2 hours back and forth, I encountered no other person at all. One interesting dolmen there showed some carved holes, suggesting the method and outline the ancient people used in cutting these megaliths. The dolmens, though most of them are the unsupported capstone type with a few being collapsed table type, are all properly marked with their respective dolmen number and the WHS logo

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Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai

Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero The Philippines - 04-Jul-18

Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai

Reaching Mumbai via the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) was indeed special, and I waited for 3 years before I could apty claim to have ticked off a rare feat: that I was able to visit a WHS by arriving at another separate one. My friend who picked me up at the terminus and I spent some few hours in the inscribed property of Mumbai before heading out to Elephanta Island. Contrary to the image of Mumbai in mainstream media being so busy, dirty, and crowded, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that that part was not as bad as I thought! Our wandering from the Fort precinct to the Oval area was a wonderful experience and that face of Mumbai really looked like it was taken out of London, with an Indian flare to it

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Anuradhapura

Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero The Philippines - 27-May-18

Anuradhapura

As a cultural worker, hunting for World Heritage Sites has gone beyond just seeing sites. Rather, it has become more of experiencing them. Hence, in the Anuradhapura vs Polonnaruwa debate, clearly, I would have to give it to the former. The first capital of Sri Lanka remains very much alive today, attracting more devoted pilgrims than actual tourists. While most of the key monuments here are dagobas (local term for stupa), and the variety of architecture is not as diverse as that of Polonnaruwa's, there is a great amount of history in each of them that have been made more special by the reverence that the people continuously attach to them up to these days

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Sanchi

Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero The Philippines - 01-Feb-18

Sanchi

Sanchi is a pleasant site to visit and going there is convenient too from Bhopal. I went to this WHS via train, and came back on a bus, both took less than an hour. The Great Stupa is surprisingly the most well-preserved structure there and it could, in my opinion, easily have been a WHS on its own as a single monument for its history and high level or artistry. The elevated site is relatively large with various ruins of other Buddhist temples and shrines. I enjoyed some good 2 hours on site, absorbing all the details, of which some date back to 300BC -- it is after all the oldest standing stone structure in the subcontinent. The museum at the base is also interesting, most especially the stone pillars with erotic scenes displayed in the garden.

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The Historical City of Maybod (T)

Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero The Philippines - 30-Jul-17

The Historical City of Maybod (T)

With the recent inscription of Yazd, I am not quite sure how Maybod, another silk road desert city in the same region, would be able to position itself differently and subsequently provide a fresh perspective/OUV to the list.

Highlights of the old city include the 2,000 year old Narin castle, an intact ice house, working qanats, a few badgirs, what is perhaps the most beautiful dovecote in all of Persia, and the Shah Abassi caravanserai, which also happens to be a component of the Persian Caravanserai - TWHS and quite possibly a part of the Silk Route - TWHS of Iran as well.

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Profile Data

Name
Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero
Country
The Philippines
Most Impressive
Krakow
Proposal
Galleon Trade Route; Bagan; San Sebastian Basilica Minore - Manila; Old Bangkok; fields of Jars.
Rating Stats
Hampi 5
Sanchi 5
Gyeongju 4.5
Shushtar 4.5
Ahmadabad 3.5
Masada 3.5
My Son 3.5
Vigan 3.5
Yazd 3.5
Susa 3
Bisotun 2.5
  1. Alpine and pre-alpine meadow and marsh landscapes (T)
  2. Ancient Buddhist Site, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (T)
  3. Apo Reef Natural Park (T)
  4. Arasbaran Protected Area (T)
  5. Baroque Churches of the Philippines (Extension) (T)
  6. Benguela Current Marine Ecosystem Sites (T)
  7. Brandberg National Monument Area (T)
  8. Chocolate Hills Natural Monument (T)
  9. Coron Island Natural Biotic Area (T)
  10. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  11. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  12. Early Farmsteads of the Cape Winelands (T)
  13. El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area (T)
  14. Ensemble de Banteay Chmar (T)
  15. Etosha Pan (T)
  16. Evolution of Temple Architecture - Aihole-Badami- Pattadakal (T)
  17. Fishriver Canyon (T)
  18. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Germany) (T)
  19. Gaya Tumuli (T)
  20. Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago (T)
  21. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  22. Human Rights, Liberation Struggle and Reconciliation: Nelson Mandela Legacy Sites (T)
  23. Iconic Saree Weaving Clusters of India (T)
  24. Industrial Heritage of textile in the central Plateau of Iran (T)
  25. Jame' (Congregational) Mosque of Esfahan (T)
  26. Kaboud Mosque (T)
  27. Kerman Historical-Cultural Structure (T)
  28. Khorramabad Valley (T)
  29. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  30. Liberation Heritage Route (T)
  31. Mattanchery Palace, Ernakulam, Kerala (T)
  32. Mayon Volcano Natural Park (T)
  33. Mountain Railways of India (Extension) (T)
  34. Mt. Iglit-Baco National Park (T)
  35. Nasqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab (T)
  36. Neolithic Shell Midden Sites in Lal-lo and Gattaran Municipalities (T)
  37. Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park (T)
  38. Old Synagogue and Mikveh in Erfurt - Testimonies of everyday life, religion and town history between change and continuity (T)
  39. Paleolithic Archaelogical Sites in Cagayan Valley (T)
  40. Persepolis and other relevant buildings (T)
  41. Persian Caravanserai (T)
  42. Petroglyphs and Petrographs of the Philippines (T)
  43. Semarang Old Town (T)
  44. Seoul City Wall (T)
  45. Seruwila to Sri Pada (Sacred Foot Print Shrine), Ancient pilgrim route along the Mahaweli river in Sri Lanka (T)
  46. Shush (T)
  47. Silk Road Sites in India (T)
  48. Silk Route (Also as Silk Road) (T)
  49. Site d'Angkor Borei et Phnom Da (T)
  50. Sites of Saytagrah, India's non-violent freedom movement (T)
  51. Succulent Karoo Protected Areas (Namibia) (T)
  52. Succulent Karoo Protected Areas (RSA) (T)
  53. Tape Sialk (T)
  54. Taq-e Bostan (T)
  55. The Collection of Historical Bridges (T)
  56. The Historical City of Maybod (T)
  57. The Historical Village of Abyaneh (T)
  58. The Historical-Cultural Axis of Fin, Sialk, Kashan (T)
  59. The Old Town of Jakarta (Formerly old Batavia) and 4 Outlying Islands (Onrust, Kelor, Cipir dan Bidadari) (T)
  60. The Persian House in Central plateau of Iran (T)
  61. The Zandiyeh Ensemble of Fars Province (T)
  62. Trans-Iranian Railway (T)
  63. Welwitschia Plains (T)