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Mount Kitanglad named 28th ASEAN Heritage Park

The Mount Kitanglad (Kitanlad) Range Protected Area (MKRPA) in Bukidnon, a popular bird watching site and home to a dormant volcano ranked fourth highest peak in the country has been named the 28th ASEAN Heritage Park at the 11th Annual Meeting of ASEAN ministers.

Following the objective of the ASEAN group of nations, the ASEAN Heritage Park ‘aims to establish a regional network of national protected areas conserving critical representative ecosystems in the said region.’

The country’s protected ecotourism area is also the abode of the endangered Philippine Eagle and rare winged creatures such as the . It is also popular as a mystical mountain with thickly populated forest where some of the country’s well-known medicinal herbs grow.

The site is the ancestral domain of several tribes such as the Higaonon, Manobo, and Talaandig.

Following the objective of the ASEAN group of nations, the ASEAN Heritage Park ‘aims to establish a regional network of national protected areas conserving critical representative ecosystems in the said region.’

Accessible via plane or boat through the Cagayan de Oro terminal/port, the newly named ASEAN Heritage Park in Bukidnon is open to tourists.

Attorney Victoria Jasmin, Director for Tourism Standards, shared, “We have a 10-days/9-nights birdwatching package that includes a late afternoon camping in the area to see the rare Philippine Eagle.”

The Lower Eagle View Point and Higher Eagle View Point also offer sightings of the White-cheeked Bullfinch, Cinnamon Ibon, and Mountain White-Eye, Jasmin added.

Other adventure packages for Mt. Kitanglad include a three-day hike up its peak – a popular must-climb site of seasoned trekkers.

The MKRPA is the third ecotourist spot to become an ASEAN Heritage Park, joining two others which are Mt. Apo in Davao, the country’s highest peak and Mt. Iglit-Baco in Oriental Mindoro, the domain of the endangered Tamaraw.

Other ASEA Heritage Park includes 28 other destinations namely Tasek Merimbum in Brunei Darussalam, Preah Monivong National Park, and Virachey National Park in Cambodia; Leuser National Park, Kerinci Seblat National Park, and Lorentz National Park in Indonesia; Nam Ha National Biodiversity Conservation Area in Lao PDR; Kinabalu National Park, Mulu National Park, and Taman Negara National Park in Malaysia; Alaungdaw Kattapha National Park, Indawgy Lake Wildlife Santuary, Inlay Lake Wildlife Sanctuary, Khakaborazi National Park, and Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary in Myanmar; Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in Singapore; Ao Phangnga – Mu Koh Surin – Mu Koh, Similan Marina National Parks, Kaengkrachan Forest Complex, Khao Yai National Park, Tarutao National Park, Ba Be National Park in Thailand; Chu Mom Ray National Park, Hoang Lien Sa Pa National Park and Kon Ka Kinh National Park in Vietnam.

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