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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Shushtar

Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero The Philippines - 10-Mar-21

Shushtar

After the rather lifeless sites of Susa and Tchogah Zanbil which we explored under the scorching summer heat of 2017, Shushtar's watermills and waterfalls delivered a most refreshing sight. No other visitors while we were there, so we enjoyed it very much. Water pressure was not at its best, but it was still okay. The presence of some waterfowls was also a delight especially for bird lovers like us. Two adjacent components of this WHS are the Gargar canal and Gargar bridge-dam. A section of the Karun river -- believed to be one of the four rivers of the Garden of Eden -- is part of the inscribed area and it is lined by the Band-e Mizan (in photo), Farangi tower, and Salasel castle

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The Old Town of Jakarta (T)

Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero The Philippines - 07-Mar-21

The Old Town of Jakarta  (T)

For the simple reason that Macao and Melaka were able to get into the list seemingly smoothly (and it's really a mystery how they got in, especially if we apply to them the same standards we are using now in judging this tentative site), I see no reason in principle why Batavia needs to be left out. More importantly, Batavia was far more pivotal than the two during the age of trade, playing a most key role in the growth of the Dutch empire as a global superpower -- that's a fact that the East and West can easily agree on. It's history is monumental

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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 (T)

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

Sites of Saytagrah (T)

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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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
Angkor 5
Hampi 5
Sanchi 5
Borobudur 4.5
Gyeongju 4.5
Hoi An 4
Prague 4
Agra Fort 3.5
Ahmadabad 3.5
Ayutthaya 3.5
Hué 3.5
Masada 3.5
My Son 3.5
Potsdam 3.5
Prambanan 3.5
Sukhothai 3.5
Vigan 3.5
Yazd 3.5
Kandy 3
Macao 3
Susa 3
Bisotun 2.5
  1. Alpine and pre-alpine meadow and marsh landscapes (T)
  2. Ancient Buddhist Site of Sarnath (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. Etosha Pan (T)
  15. 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. Iconic Saree Weaving Clusters of India (T)
  22. Industrial Heritage of textile in the central Plateau of Iran (T)
  23. Jame' (Congregational) Mosque of Esfahan (T)
  24. Kaboud Mosque (T)
  25. Kerman Historical-Cultural Structure (T)
  26. Khorramabad Valley (T)
  27. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  28. Liberation Heritage Route (T)
  29. Mattanchery Palace (T)
  30. Mayon Volcano Natural Park (T)
  31. Mountain Railways of India (Extension) (T)
  32. Mt. Iglit-Baco National Park (T)
  33. Nasqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab (T)
  34. Human Rights, Liberation Struggle and Reconciliation: Nelson Mandela Legacy Sites (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 - Testimonies of everyday life, religion and town history between change and continuity (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), Ancient pilgrim route along the Mahaweli river in Sri Lanka (T)
  45. Shush (T)
  46. Silk Road Sites in India (T)
  47. Silk Route (Also as Silk Road) (T)
  48. Sites of Saytagrah (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)