Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero Profile

Cultural heritage worker and tourism consultant from the Philippines. Born in Paoay, which has its own UNESCO World Heritage Site (Paoay church of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines). An ICOMOS member.  

Writes for BusinessMirror and Asia Times.

Email: bjeg2000@gmail.com

IG: theberntraveler

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Mapungubwe

Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero The Philippines - 28-Dec-23

Mapungubwe

Mpungubwe is located far away along the border of South Africa with Botswana and Zimbabwe, and at one of the viewpoints you can see the convergence of the three countries. Prior to the visit, we made it a point to visit the Dzata ruins in the Southspanberg (a World Biosphere Reserve) to serve as a reference and comparison site. Its connections with Mpungubwe and Great Zimbab are quite strong and evident, and it enriches the understanding of the culture from that corner of the globe. In terms of chronology, Mpungubwe preceded Great Zimbab and Dzata came in later using stones from Zimbabwe. 

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Persian Caravanserai

Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero The Philippines - 19-Dec-23

Persian Caravanserai

My initial reaction when I finally saw the inscribed properties under Persian Caravanserai was of wonder as to why the beautiful Aminoddoleh Timche in the grand bazaar of Kashan was not included. Its divine blue dome, an architectural marvel in its own right, could have easily been the poster photo of this batch. I managed to see three from this serial property: Bisotun, Kharanaq, and Meybod.  

The inscribed area of Bisotun has two caravanserais, one is older than the other

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Mazagan

Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero The Philippines - 18-Dec-23

Mazagan

As was the case for Els, I wasn't expecting much from Mazagan but it turned out to be a very positive visit. Even its evaluation report widely praised it, with hardly any contestation. It is a reminder of a cardinal rule in appreciating World Heritage Sites: it is not all about beauty, the superlatives, and the thrills one can offer; rather look for what makes it exceptional and unique. I spent two half-days and one night in the small fortified city, so I was able to witness its splendor in broad day light, its quiet evening charm, as well as its bemusing side when it was totally shrouded in thick fog during the early morning walk along the walls. My interest in making this review was rekindled by my recent meeting with Dr

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Medina of Tétouan

Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero The Philippines - 17-Dec-23

Medina of Tétouan

It was nice to practice the little Spanish that remains in me in this medina. Filipinos certainly find this city of a particular interest as one of our colonial churches has a massive pediment relief beautifully portraying the Battle of Tetouan. Tetouan, however, easily pales in comparison to the royal capitals as no monument truly stands out there, but it delivers in showing how a smaller medina that has largely escaped developments looks like. It is noted for its supposed high authenticity (which means car parking even outside the walls can be a nightmare)

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Koh Ker

Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero The Philippines - 15-Dec-23

Koh Ker

Koh Ker did not interest me at all in 2012 so I was more than fine to have skipped it when I went to Preah Vihear Temple, despite the former being on the way. Little did I know that I missed something. While as a complex it is not as spectacular as the ensemble in Angkor, the axial alignment of the Terrace of Lingams-Prasat Thom-Prasat Roum-Prasat Prang-Mound of the White Elephant King reminded me of the impressive configuration of Preah Vihear Temple. While there are joiner tours now offered taking visitors to Koh Ker and Beng Mealea, this only works if: 1. You are happy seeing the pyramid alone, and 2. you have an active Angkor Pass to let you in Beng Mealea. My friend and I opted renting a car for a full day in Koh Ker instead

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Profile Data

Name
Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero
Country
The Philippines
Most Impressive
Hampi, Venice, Bauhaus, Namib Sand Sea, Angkor, Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
Proposal
Galleon Trade Route, San Sebastian Basilica Minore - Manila, Old Bangkok, South African Mission Stations

Recently Visited WHS

Update 08.12.23
Rating Stats
Angkor 5
Hampi 5
Sanchi 5
Bagan 4.5
Borobudur 4.5
Gyeongju 4.5
Hoi An 4
Meknes 4
Prague 4
Yazd 4
Agra Fort 3.5
Ahmadabad 3.5
Hué 3.5
Masada 3.5
Mazagan 3.5
My Son 3.5
Potsdam 3.5
Prambanan 3.5
Rabat 3.5
Sukhothai 3.5
Vigan 3.5
Volubilis 3.5
Kandy 3
Macao 3
Susa 3
Bisotun 2.5
Si Thep 2.5
  1. Aire du Dragonnier Ajgal (T)
  2. Alpine and pre-alpine meadow and marsh landscapes (T)
  3. Ancient Buddhist Site of Sarnath (T)
  4. Apo Reef Natural Park (T)
  5. Arasbaran Protected Area (T)
  6. Baroque Churches of the Philippines (Extension) (T)
  7. Benguela Current Marine Ecosystem Sites (T)
  8. Brandberg National Monument Area (T)
  9. Caesarea (T)
  10. Capital Fortifications of Hanyang : Hangyangdoseong Capital City Wall, Bukhansanseong Mountain Fortress and Tangchundaeseong Defense Wall (T)
  11. Casablanca, Ville du XXème siécle, carrefour d'influences (T)
  12. Chocolate Hills Natural Monument (T)
  13. City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (T)
  14. Coron Island Natural Biotic Area (T)
  15. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  16. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  17. El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area (T)
  18. Etosha Pan (T)
  19. Evolution of Temple Architecture - Aihole-Badami- Pattadakal (T)
  20. Fishriver Canyon (T)
  21. Former M-13 prison/ Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (former S-21)/ Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre (former Execution Site of S-21) (T)
  22. Human Rights, Liberation Struggle and Reconciliation: Nelson Mandela Legacy Sites (T)
  23. Iconic Riverfront of the Historic City of Varanasi (T)
  24. Iconic Saree Weaving Clusters of India (T)
  25. Industrial Heritage of textile in the central Plateau of Iran (T)
  26. Jame' (Congregational) Mosque of Esfahan (T)
  27. Jerusalem (T)
  28. Kaboud Mosque (T)
  29. Kerman Historical-Cultural Structure (T)
  30. Khorramabad Valley (T)
  31. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  32. Long-lived trees of Iran (T)
  33. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  34. Mattanchery Palace, Ernakulam, Kerala (T)
  35. Mayon Volcano Natural Park (T)
  36. Monastery of St. Amenaprkich (New Julfa Vank) (T)
  37. Moulay Idriss Zerhoun (T)
  38. Mountain Railways of India (Extension) (T)
  39. Mt. Iglit-Baco National Park (T)
  40. Nasqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab (T)
  41. Neolithic Shell Midden Sites in Lal-lo and Gattaran Municipalities (T)
  42. Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park (T)
  43. Paleolithic Archaelogical Sites in Cagayan Valley (T)
  44. Parc naturel de Talassemtane (T)
  45. Persepolis and other relevant buildings (T)
  46. Petroglyphs and Petrographs of the Philippines (T)
  47. Phuphrabat Historical Park (T)
  48. Semarang Old Town (T)
  49. Serial Nomination of Maratha Military Architecture in Maharashtra (T)
  50. Serial Nomination of Tehrans Modern Architectural Heritage (T)
  51. Seruwila to Sri Pada (Sacred Foot Print Shrine), Ancient pilgrim route along the Mahaweli river in Sri Lanka (T)
  52. Shush (T)
  53. Silk Road Sites in India (T)
  54. Silk Route (Also as Silk Road) (T)
  55. Sites of Saytagrah (T)
  56. Succulent Karoo Protected Areas (Namibia) (T)
  57. Tape Sialk (T)
  58. Taq-e Bostan (T)
  59. The Andaman Sea Nature Reserves of Thailand (T)
  60. The Archeological complex of Banteay Chhmar (T)
  61. The Collection of Historical Bridges (T)
  62. The Historical City of Maybod (T)
  63. The Historical Village of Abyaneh (T)
  64. The Historical-Cultural Axis of Fin, Sialk, Kashan (T)
  65. The Old Town of Jakarta (T)
  66. The Persian House in Central plateau of Iran (T)
  67. The Zandiyeh Ensemble of Fars Province (T)
  68. University of Tehran (T)
  69. Welwitschia Plains (T)