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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Prehistoric Pile Dwellings

Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero The Philippines - 05-Jan-21

Prehistoric Pile Dwellings

The day we visited Augsburg and Roseninsel might be the least impressive leg of my World Heritage Site hunting in Europe in 2019. Augsburg kept me wondering how the monuments ever made it to the list, and Roseninsel further left me inconclusive: Did I see the site properly? I am not sure if I managed to see some remains or not, but I was hoping and I wanted to believe that I somehow managed to sight even just a piece of it from the easternmost side of the island. The ferryman never failed to mention it and the signage around even mark the areas where the remains are supposed to lie (demarcated by the floaters in the vicinity)

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Fatehpur Sikri

Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero The Philippines - 03-Dec-20

Fatehpur Sikri

I arrived at Fetehpur Sikri at 7am, way too early that I had to wait for the ticket seller to come before I could go in. I rode on a bus from Agra, and asked the driver to drop me off at Fatehpur Sikri. From where I alighted, this WHS could already be sighted -- it only took me a leisurely 15-minute walk to get to the entrance. I passed through the defensive city wall and Agra Gate, and I also explored the ruins of a marketplace on the way. I had the palace grounds all to myself for at least 30 minutes before I was joined by a group of five local tourists; hence, I enjoyed walking around and getting into areas I might not even had been supposed to be entering

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Sites of Saytagrah, India's non-violent freedom movement (T)

Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero The Philippines - 08-Nov-20

Sites of Saytagrah, India

I visited two sites included in this serial nomination back in 2019, the Sabarmati ashram (Gujarat) and the Asiatic Society of Mumbai Town Hall (Maharashtra). The sites are interesting, but they apparently face the same dilemma as the Luther sites in Germany: what is celebrated in these sites are not what were built per se, but more of what had happened in them. Is it a bad thing? Not necessarily. If we look past the unassuming structures, we realize that what transpired in these places are truly worth celebrating and the ideas that were cultivated here are indeed to be emulated. Heritage, after all, goes beyond built-structures; a "heritage" ought to have a spirit, a meaning, and these places certainly possess those

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Bauhaus Sites

Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero The Philippines - 21-Dec-19

Bauhaus Sites

If I were to pick the most special WHS I've seen this year, it would have to be the Bauhaus sites. It is not because they are beautiful and grand, but more because of the impact they have made to the world. I myself was surprised to find out that something so common and recent could still be so interesting! Modern architecture and modern designs as we know today have largely been shaped by this school of thought. Its influences are still apparent today, and they, perhaps, are even more relevant now than they were ever before. 

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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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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
Borobudur 4.5
Gyeongju 4.5
Shushtar 4.5
Ahmadabad 3.5
Hué 3.5
Masada 3.5
My Son 3.5
Prambanan 3.5
Sukhothai 3.5
Vigan 3.5
Yazd 3.5
Kandy 3
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 (T)
  12. Early Farmsteads of the Cape Winelands (T)
  13. El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area (T)
  14. Etosha Pan (T)
  15. Evolution of Temple Architecture - Aihole-Badami- Pattadakal (T)
  16. Fishriver Canyon (T)
  17. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Germany) (T)
  18. Gaya Tumuli (T)
  19. Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago (T)
  20. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  21. Human Rights, Liberation Struggle and Reconciliation: Nelson Mandela Legacy Sites (T)
  22. Iconic Saree Weaving Clusters of India (T)
  23. Industrial Heritage of textile in the central Plateau of Iran (T)
  24. Jame' (Congregational) Mosque of Esfahan (T)
  25. Kaboud Mosque (T)
  26. Kerman Historical-Cultural Structure (T)
  27. Khorramabad Valley (T)
  28. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  29. Liberation Heritage Route (T)
  30. Mattanchery Palace, Ernakulam, Kerala (T)
  31. Mayon Volcano Natural Park (T)
  32. Mountain Railways of India (Extension) (T)
  33. Mt. Iglit-Baco National Park (T)
  34. Nasqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab (T)
  35. Neolithic Shell Midden Sites in Lal-lo and Gattaran Municipalities (T)
  36. Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park (T)
  37. Old Synagogue and Mikveh in Erfurt (T)
  38. Paleolithic Archaelogical Sites in Cagayan Valley (T)
  39. Persepolis and other relevant buildings (T)
  40. Persian Caravanserai (T)
  41. Petroglyphs and Petrographs of the Philippines (T)
  42. Semarang Old Town (T)
  43. Seoul City Wall (T)
  44. Seruwila to Sri Pada (Sacred Foot Print Shrine) (T)
  45. Shush (T)
  46. Silk Road Sites in India (T)
  47. Silk Route (Also as Silk Road) (T)
  48. Sites of Saytagrah, India's non-violent freedom movement (T)
  49. Succulent Karoo Protected Areas (Namibia) (T)
  50. Succulent Karoo Protected Areas (RSA) (T)
  51. Tape Sialk (T)
  52. Taq-e Bostan (T)
  53. The Collection of Historical Bridges (T)
  54. The Historical City of Maybod (T)
  55. The Historical Village of Abyaneh (T)
  56. The Historical-Cultural Axis of Fin, Sialk, Kashan (T)
  57. The Old Town of Jakarta (T)
  58. The Persian House in Central plateau of Iran (T)
  59. The Zandiyeh Ensemble of Fars Province (T)
  60. Trans-Iranian Railway (T)
  61. Welwitschia Plains (T)