Reaction Paper (with Regard to Philippine World Heritage Sites)

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The documentary “Legacy: Philippine World Heritage Sites” mainly focuses on obviously, the most prominent and prolific spots in the country. Toti, an architect, who manifested great interest towards historical structures and landmarks, traveled around the country to resuscitate Filipinos’ awareness regarding the maintenance of our beloved wonders, namely, the admirable Tubbataha Reef located at the Sulu Sea near Palawan; the magnificent Subterranean River National Park in Puerto Princesa; the ever glorious historic wonder Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao; the majestic Mexican-Chinese like city of Vigan; and the aesthetically designed solemn Baroque Churches located around the country. Each of these landmarks exhibit unique structures and…show more content…
Banaue Rice Terraces is also said to exhibit a more sensible trait for its establishment. Because compared to the structures or landscapes made by, for example, in Egypt, the construction of the pyramids is basically to honor the pharaohs, and to serve as tombs for the considered “superior” or highest people, considerably “godliest” – if not godly – in their terms, I suppose. Hierarchy probably existed during their time. And if you’ll mull over it, the essence of the Egyptian slaves’ hardships in constructing those pyramids come out to make no sense at all – at least, in my opinion. Because it didn’t do them any good; not in the current state though, because the pyramids became an inherent tool in tracing back their history, hence, became an essential entity to make Egypt become known throughout the world. The Banaue Rice Terraces, however, although it didn’t gain as much popularity compared to Egypt’s pyramids, has served so much essence to the people in country, especially in the Cordillera Region. It helped economically. It boosted cultural participation and thereby binding Filipinos together, becoming even more united. The City of Vigan, a 5th class city in the Ilocos Sur province, has gained so much popularity for its historical characteristics. It was said that the term “Vigan”, originated from the Chinese word “Bee Gan”, which means “beautiful shore”. Vigan is basically a combination of Mexican-Chinese
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