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

I grew up in a travel-loving family, which over time has developed my skill in creating itineraries, 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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Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Routes in Portugal (T)

GabLabCebu Philippines - 04-Sep-19

Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Routes in Portugal (T)

Here we go again, trying to inscribe more routes to Santiago de Compostela. I'm not a big fan of these inscriptions, especially when they're separated by national borders because although they definitely are significant in history and culture, it's strange to see all these minor sites inscribed on the basis of simply being in the right place for pilgrims to pass by throughout the centuries and nothing else. I'd prefer a shorter compilation of representative sites and sections of the route that show significance and good preservation of such significance to the route and to human history.

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Mayon Volcano Natural Park (T)

GabLabCebu Philippines - 04-Sep-19

Mayon Volcano Natural Park (T)

As a Filipino, I must say I'm proud to have the Mayon Volcano in my country. It's just the most perfectly cone-shaped mountain in the world, I believe. In a land filled to the brim with active volcanoes, this is the standout, just by the sheer beauty of it, not to mention it's one of the tallest (2400+ meters) stand-alone mountains in the archipelago. It has been quite active in the past few years, but when I visited back in 2012, the only things covering the perfect cone were the constant clouds.

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Caesarea (T)

GabLabCebu Philippines - 04-Sep-19

Caesarea (T)

Caesarea was the very first site I visited on the private small-group tour I took in Israel, Jordan, and Palestine back in April-May of 2018. We drove north from Tel Aviv and had our National Park passes stamped for the first time out of many. The tour of the site started with a short film of the history of the city, which was remarkable to say the least. The site, being our first Roman ruin out of many, also seemed quite remarkable.

We toured the ancient theatre, through all the pedestals of Roman carvings found on site, which we would later find to be a staple in ruins in Israel, past my first public toilets which our guide sat on to demonstrate, and finally to the edge of the water where we saw the remains of the palace, now mostly underwater. A few scattered simple mosaics were still visible by the shore. It is said that the site extends far into the water, so much that there is an underwater park for all the remains there. From that viewpoint, ahead was the hippodrome and at the far end of the shore, the crusader fortress. A few kilometers' drive away, however, was the most unique part of the site, the aqueduct by the beach

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The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)

GabLabCebu Philippines - 03-Sep-19

The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)

Oh Galilee! As a Christian, it is a wonder how all the steps of Jesus' early life are less than 2 hours' drive in this region. Back in 2018, I visited Nazareth, Cana, Mount Tabor, Zippori, Tiberias, Magdala, and the Mount of Beatitudes on a small-group private tour. Indeed, they are all holy sites, and it feels greatly spiritual to walk in Jesus' footsteps and be in the sites of great miracles and mysteries. However, I can't say that this is a site worth inscribing on the list. All the significance lies in religious intangible aspects, as in Nazareth, Cana, Mount Tabor, and the Mount of Beatitudes, where only modern churches stand, although Nazareth does have a few Roman-age remains including the alleged house of Mary on the lower level of the church

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Early Synagogues in the Galilee (T)

GabLabCebu Philippines - 02-Sep-19

Early Synagogues in the Galilee (T)

Back in 2018, I visited a great many sites in the Galilee region of Israel. While many were just the usual pilgrimage sites, I intended to visit a few destinations a bit off the beaten track. One of which was the ancient ruins of the town and synagogue of Korazim. It ended up being one of my favorite little places in Israel.

Korazim is [...]

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