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Boj completed his Masters in Geography, Urban and Regional Planning at the Peking University in China. His specialization is National Park Management and World Heritage Studies.

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Desert Wadis (T)

Boj Philippines - 06-Aug-20

Visited Wadi El-Gemal or Valley of the Camels in July 2020, in the midst of an ongoing pandemic. Luckily during the visit of the National Park's terrestrial "half," it was just myself, two travel companions and two local guides - enough physical distancing. Amidst the sweltering heat, our 4x4 drove through rocky landscape, specks of acacia trees across the valley and true to the park's name, herds of camels resting underneath them. 

The next day, our group visited the Park's marine "half" and swam through healthy coral reefs and walked around mangrove forests. This land-sea continuum truly reflects the site's potential OUV and unique biodiversity.

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Paleolithic Archaelogical Sites in Cagayan Valley (T)

Boj Philippines - 22-Feb-20

Paleolithic Archaelogical Sites in Cagayan Valley (T)

April 2019 was an exciting moment for Philippine archaeology - the classification of Callao Man as a separate and therefore new species of human called Homo luzonensis, whose first remains were discovered in 2007. 

Before its discovery, most (if not all) focus were on Tabon Man (discovered in 1962) and the Lipuun Cave complex in Palawan, as far as early Philippine human remains are concerned. The Callao Man's third metatarsal bone was said to be 67,000 years old, and much older than the Tabon Man; thus likewise the possibility of the north-to-south movement of ancient humans across the archipelago, instead of the opposite.

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Oasis of Fayoum, hydraulic remains and ancient cultural landscapes (T)

Boj Philippines - 29-Feb-20

Come inscription time, "Ancient Cultural Landscape of the Fayoum Oasis" would be an apt name adjustment, with emphasis on the word ancient, as the human-oasis interaction in the site has greatly evolved over time. 

Fayoum's most significant existing cultural treasures - the Hawara Pyramid, archaeological discoveries (ancient settlements), the Bahar Youssef Barrage, the network of irrigation canals, and other worship sites for Nile deities - are testaments to how the inhabitants managed the flooding and draining of the Nile. The photo (see attached) is taken in a temple called Qasr al Sagha, a pharaonic monument north of Lake Qarun. It is dedicated possibly to Sobek, the Crocodile God, and the crocodile is a sacred animal for Ancient Egyptians.

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Siwa archaeological area (T)

Boj Philippines - 17-Feb-20

Siwa archaeological area (T)

Siwa Oasis is 740kms from Cairo and sits very close to the border of Libya. 

There isn't much information on when the site would be up for nomination, and whether it would be "packaged" as a mixed site . Its archaeological treasures include the Shali Fortress (see attached photo) in the heart of the town, and the temple complex of Amun. In terms of natural heritage, Siwa possesses beautiful desertscapes - majestic sand dunes, lakes and pools. 

Packaging the site as Siwa Oasis Cultural Landscape will not only boost its chances of inscription, but also highlight the Siwa farmers' adaptability in a desert environment

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Tassili n'Ajjer

Boj Philippines - 11-Feb-20

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In the crossroads of modern-day Algeria, Libya and Niger, is the vast, the beautiful Tassili n'Ajjer National Park. I booked a two-hour flight from Algiers to Djanet - a 2200km+ journey that would have taken two full days (with rest and sleep stops) by land.

Mr. Hassani (Tinariwen Tours) welcomed me with a gift - a blue scarf - and instantly got me acquainted with how their group is most popularly described, Tuareg or the blue people. That cool February day, Mr. Hassani's indigo robe shone in the gold sand and brown rock forests.

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Batanes Cultural Landscape, Chocolate Hills, Mayon Volcano Natural Park & Galleon Sites
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  1. Abydos, city of pilgrimage of the Pharaohs (T)
  2. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library (T)
  3. Ancient Residences in Shanxi and Shaanxi Provinces (T)
  4. Ancient Tea Plantations of Jingmai Mountain in Pu'er (T)
  5. Apo Reef Natural Park (T)
  6. Archaeological Sites of the Ancient Shu State (T)
  7. Baroque Churches of the Philippines (Extension) (T)
  8. Butuan Archeological Sites (T)
  9. Chinese Section of the Silk Road (T)
  10. Chocolate Hills Natural Monument (T)
  11. City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (T)
  12. Coron Island Natural Biotic Area (T)
  13. Dahshour archaeological area (T)
  14. Desert Wadis (T)
  15. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo's Home-Study Museum (T)
  16. El Fayoum (T)
  17. El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area (T)
  18. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Austria) (T)
  19. Gebel Qatrani Area, Lake Qaroun Nature Reserve (T)
  20. Historic quarters and monuments of Rosetta/Rachid (T)
  21. Kabayan Mummy Burial Caves (T)
  22. Le paysage urbain historique de la ville de Djibouti et ses bâtiments spécifiques (T)
  23. Mayon Volcano Natural Park (T)
  24. Minia (T)
  25. Mt. Iglit-Baco National Park (T)
  26. Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park (T)
  27. Mt. Pulag National Park (T)
  28. Necropolises of Middle Egypt, from the Middle Empire to the Roman period (T)
  29. Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park (T)
  30. Oasis of Fayoum, hydraulic remains and ancient cultural landscapes (T)
  31. Paleolithic Archaelogical Sites in Cagayan Valley (T)
  32. Petroglyphs and Petrographs of the Philippines (T)
  33. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  34. Route of Magellan. First around the World (T)
  35. Siwa archaeological area (T)
  36. Temple of Hator built by Ramses III (T)
  37. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  38. The Ancient Waterfront Towns in the South of Yangtze River (T)
  39. The Central Axis of Beijing (including Beihai) (T)
  40. The Chinese Section of the Silk Roads (T)
  41. The monasteries of the Arab Desert and Wadi Natrun (T)
  42. The Old Town of Jakarta (T)
  43. The Tabon Cave Complex and all of Lipuun Point (T)
  44. Trowulan - Former Capital City of Majapahit Kingdom (T)
  45. Wooden Structures of Liao Dynasty (T)
  46. Wudalianchi Scenic Spots (T)

Top 50 Missing Sites

  1. Bagan
  2. City of Herat
  3. Coron Island Natural Biotic Area
  4. Dzongs of Bhutan
  5. El Nido Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area
  6. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Frank Gehry
  7. Infrastructure of the Industrial Revolution in Britain
  8. Lake Titicaca
  9. Major Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright
  10. Mecca, Kaaba
  11. Panama Canal
  12. Plain of Jars / Sites Mégalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang
  13. Railways of the Andes
  14. Rainforests of Polynesia
  15. Silk Roads
  16. Suez Canal
  17. Tana Toraja Cultural Landscape
  18. The Grand Canal
  19. Transiberian Railway
  20. Varanasi