Mount Hamiguitan

Mount Hamiguitan
Photo provided by Boj Capati.

The Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary is a diverse mountain ecosystem with a high number of endemic plant and animal species.

The area lies in the south of Mindanao Island. It is a representation of the Philippines biodiversity hotspot.

The mountain range is home to a number of globally threatened and endemic species, such as the critically endangered Philippine Eagle and the tropical pitcher plant Nepenthes hamiguitanensis.

Mount Hamiguitan is a stratovolcano with an height of 1,620 metres. At its topmost it is covered by a unique 'pygmy' or 'bonsai' forest layer.

 

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Zoë Sheng

Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 03-Aug-18 -

Mount Hamiguitan by Zoe Sheng

Hamiguitan is a good 3½h by jeepney from the nearest town Davao. It is not an easy journey and you also need to ensure the driver drops you off at the junction to the visitor center and then still take a tricycle for the rest of the way. As accommodation is limited I recommend doing this really early morning and going back to Davao in the afternoon already. I can see why this is not of the more visited places as Mindanao is still considered somewhat unsafe in the southwest and tourism has almost nothing going on here. I also looked into renting a car but there is nothing.

Once you finally make it to the visitor center you can pay a puny entrance fee for a pretty good museum. The core zones of the national park are offlimit to regular visitors. No permit - no hike. No guide - no hike. You can do some small hikes around the sanctuary to see something but the good stuff will stay hidden from us tourists. If you want to see the Philippine Eagle you need to go to the Eagle Center north of Davao which I used as a picture.

I also wonder what happened to the proposal to add Mt. Apo into this inscription as this is another fine destination around Davao.


Boj

Philippines - 13-Sep-12 -

Mount Hamiguitan by Boj

In, 2010, Mt. Hamiguitan was closed to visitors in preparation for its bid to UNESCO World Heritage inscription. During a recent hike (July 2012), the protected area has shown positive signs of recovery. The mountain is indeed a biodiversity/endemism hotspot; its bonsai forest is just one of the many outstanding features of the property.

Also worth noting is the tireless and collective efforts of the concerned local government units in ensuring the protection of the park. Such a practice is rare in the country and very inspiring.


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Site Info

Full Name
Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary
Unesco ID
1403
Country
Philippines
Inscribed
2014
Type
Natural
Criteria
10
Categories
Wildlife habitat - Flora
Link
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Site History

2014 Inscribed

2013 Referred

2013 Advisory Body overruled

Deferral was proposed

2012 Incomplete - not examined

2012 Revision

Includes part of former TWHS Mount Apo and Mount Hamiguitan: Sanctuaries of Endemism in Mindanao (2008)

2010 Incomplete - not examined

As part of former TWHS Mount Apo and Mount Hamiguitan: Sanctuaries of Endemism in Mindanao

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