LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 18 (PNA) -- The Provincial Government of Albay is well prepared to defend the nomination of the Mayon Volcano, Cagsawa Church Ruins and Albay Biosphere as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Lima, Peru on March 14-18, Governor Joey Sarte Salceda said Thursday.
Salceda said his administration has been working on this prestigious title for nine years that he has been governor of the province.
He said the Mayon Volcano and Cagsawa Church Ruins has already been included in the temporary list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Aside from this, Albay has also received the highest honor from the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) for four sites as National Cultural Treasures.
These are the Cagsawa Church Ruins, Nuestra Señora de La Porteria Church in Daraga, St. John the Baptist Church in Tabaco City and Mataas Shell Scoop in Mataas Cave in Cagraray Island in Bacacay town.
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) has also declared these tourists-favorite destinations as such.
The NMP and the NHCP have assured their support for these sites as National Cultural Treasures so that they will be protected and preserved as monumental symbols of the strength, endurance and resiliency of the Albayanos amid natural and man-made calamities.
Salceda cited the reasons why Albay is bent on getting the prestigious UNESCO declaration.
First, he said, the tourists that visit the province always ask if it has a World Heritage Site.
"Second, this is a symbol of our strength and determination to succeed as Albayanos. We have that inherent strength, determination and perseverance to rise after calamities," the Albay chief executive said.
He said that Albay is rich in culture like in the field of music and dance while displaying a keen sense of collective memory as well as love and artistry. (PNA) FFC/FGS/NIM/CBD/ebp