GabLabCebu Profile

Just your average gen-z dude, but with a passion for history, geography, geology, and most importantly, travel

I grew up in a travel-loving family, which over time has developed my skill in creating itineraries through researching logistics and destinations for a trip. One great source of interesting destinations for my itineraries has always been the World Heritage Site List, and I love discovering lesser-known sites, amazing or just a tad interesting, that I never could've dreamed of without the list.

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Salamanca

GabLabCebu Philippines - 21-Mar-20

Salamanca

WHS#46

I grew up going to school in an Hijas de Jesus institution in the Philippines. Salamanca was always a place I had wanted to visit, being the place where the congregation was founded, but also because it always sounded like such an interesting and historic city in the stories we were told about it. I could finally attest to that after visiting in May 2018. My family and I visited one afternoon in transit between Madrid and Lisbon. Trains from Madrid depart from the Chamartin Station, passing by Avila and its distinctive walls before arriving in the city of Salamanca. First, we took a taxi to the Hijas de Jesus school just to see what it was like

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Medina of Marrakesh

GabLabCebu Philippines - 19-Mar-20

Medina of Marrakesh

WHS#45

Everything they say is true. You will get lost in Marrakesh. It's dirty. It's stinky. It's crowded and commercial. The buildings are crumbling. It's extremely hot and dusty. And it's very interesting. They say you either love it or hate it. Well, I both hated it and loved it, in that order. After riding the night train from Rabat, my family and I arrived in the Marrakesh train station early in a May 2017 morning, checked into a nearby hotel, and slept. Of course, we decided to check out the medina later in the afternoon, but not before checking out the Jardin Majorelle (not WHS, but I recommend you check it out). Upon arriving at Djemaa El Fna, the first stop was at a pharmacy to buy argan oil to bring for people back in the Philippines

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Rabat

GabLabCebu Philippines - 18-Mar-20

Rabat

WHS#44

Rabat was one of the most memorable short city visits I made in my trip to Europe and Morocco in May 2017. My family and I took a side trip from Spain to see Marrakesh, so we made our way to Tarifa, took the ferry to Tangier, and managed to strike a deal with a taxi driver to take us to Rabat. After driving by the "King's palace" and the famous Hassan Tower, he dropped us at a hotel, where we decided, due to our very small time budget, to take the night train to Marrakesh instead of staying the night. My family was content to laze around at the train station while waiting for the time, but I sure wasn't. I wasn't gonna have this WHS slip completely through my fingers. With the very little time I had, I decided to visit the one place I had wanted to the most: the Kasbah of the Udayas

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Nubian Monuments

GabLabCebu Philippines - 31-Jan-20

Nubian Monuments

WHS#61

Abu Simbel is the ultimate destination for a traveller in Egypt. It's so far removed from civilization, so distant from everywhere else most people visit in Egypt. Yes, the pyramids may have brought you here, but only Abu Simbel will bring you so far off the beaten track - except now, so many people visit that it has created it's own beaten track, and for good reason. This is the most unique ancient temple in Egypt, as it was built by Pharaoh Ramses II as a shrine. To himself, basically. This dude was so full of himself and his achievements that at the success of his military campaigns in Nubia, he proceeded to build what would become an amazing wonder of the world with his face all over it

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Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"

GabLabCebu Philippines - 26-Jan-20

Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"

WHS#58

This may be a bit of an overly harsh rating for a site that I have no reason to hate, but we're talking about WHS here, and I personally don't see much OUV in this site. First off, I'm a Christian, and Bethany Beyond the Jordan was definitely one of my priorities to visit when I was in Jordan in May 2018. It's a special site for us Christians, as it's the true proven site of the baptism of Jesus himself. According to UNESCO's website, its OUV lies in its legacy of baptism, which can clearly be seen in the many pilgrims having their own baptisms in this part of the Jordan River. I had a short visit of the river itself, a Greek Orthodox church nearby, and the remains of the baptism site of Jesus' time, and I can't say it wasn't pleasant or enjoyable

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Name
GabLabCebu
Country
Philippines
Most Impressive
Te Wahipounamu, Ancient Thebes
Proposal
Baroque Churches of Southern Cebu, Dalaguete Range and Chocolate Hills Karst Landscapes of the Visayas, Kitanglad Mountain Range of Bukidnon, San Sebastian Church in Manila

Recently Visited WHS

Update 22.03.20
Rating Stats
Petra 5
Rome 5
Cordoba 4.5
Cracow 4.5
Iguacu 4.5
Prague 4
Quito 4
Belem 3.5
Cuzco 3.5
Dubrovnik 3.5
Granada 3.5
Himeji-jo 3.5
Salamanca 3.5
Sintra 3.5
Wadi Rum 3.5
Jeju 3
Macao 3
Ayutthaya 2.5
Kotor 2.5
Masada 2.5
Rabat 2.5
Vienna 2.5
Lima 2
Sucre 2
Warsaw 2