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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Ancient Thebes

GabLabCebu Philippines - 25-Apr-20

Ancient Thebes

WHS#61

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that Ancient Thebes is one of the most underrated WHS out there. I don't think it gets quite the reputation it deserves, among both tourists and more in-depth travellers, for I dont know, maybe housing not just one, but multiple world-class wonders? For being the peak of Ancient Egyptian history, culture, and art? For being one of the most influential cities in world history? In Egypt alone, Cairo and Giza get almost all the attention, while more in-depth travellers might prefer the more peaceful Aswan and far-away Abu Simbel, but Luxor is in the middle of it all, and I don't think enough people realize that. And it's not only the best of both worlds, it's the best in its own right

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Cuzco

GabLabCebu Philippines - 18-Apr-20

Cuzco

WHS#27

Cuzco is like the most quintessentially South American city, and yet, there's no other quite like it. It's truly an amalgamation and conglomeration of indigenous and colonial cultures; amalgamation because all these aspects have formed a single fused culture of today's Cuzco, but also a conglomeration in that each specific origin is distinguishable and provides interesting contrasts to the experience of visiting here. It's got this historic core made up of several neighborhoods of colonial architecture with some traces of the precolonial Inca city, surrounded by the modern city of Cuzco

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Sucre

GabLabCebu Philippines - 15-Apr-20

Sucre

WHS#26

I visited Sucre on my trip to South America in April 2016. I did basically use Sucre as a jump-off point to see sites like Cal Orcko, Potosi, and the Salar de Uyuni. In the end, Sucre kind of fell into the background for me. It's definitely a very pleasant city, one of many great colonial cities in Latin America, but nothing about Sucre really stood out for me. The "White City" (cue my white city syndrome) just didn't impress me, nor was it any prettier than some of the other colonial cities I had visited on the trip. I had just come from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, which wasn't much less pleasant than Sucre, aside from the weather. But before this turns into a ramble, let's discuss the actual experience I had, which wasn't half as bad as it might be looking now.

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Rio de Janeiro

GabLabCebu Philippines - 12-Apr-20

Rio de Janeiro

WHS#25

Oh, Rio...

I don't really know what to make of this WHS. Now don't get me wrong, I love Rio de Janeiro as much as anyone else. Yes, my visit, like my entire visit to Brazil, was a bit too short to soak everything in, so the experience would've definitely benefited from a longer stay. But I really truly don't understand the OUV of a cultural site like this. Cultural landscapes are one thing; iconic landscapes are another. I feel like Rio's natural landmarks fall under the latter more than the former, and to me, that makes for a weak, if not nonexistent, OUV. Sure, every iconic place is iconic for a reason, but not all of these reasons may be a reason to become a WHS. Niagara is a pretty iconic waterfall, but it sure doesn't hold the natural values that Iguazu or Victoria Falls do

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Brasilia

GabLabCebu Philippines - 10-Apr-20

Brasilia

WHS#23

Brasilia was my entry point into South America when I visited back in April 2016, and it remains one of the most unique cities I've ever visited. My family and I took a taxi tour around for a few hours, and it only took a few hours to be sold. The Cathedral, Dom Bosco Sanctuary, Praca dos Tres Poderes, and the Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge were probably the greatest highlights, but the city as a whole is a masterpiece in modern architecture and urban planning. I don't think any other city in the world was composed so meticulously, specifically, and distinctly. And while some say that Brasilia is a failure in urban planning, I beg to differ

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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