The Philippines has gained its eighth Asean Heritage Park (AHP) after environment ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations unanimously approved the nomination of Mt. Timpoong-Hibok-Hibok (MTHHNM) in Camiguin during a recent meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam. AHPs are protected areas recognized for its uniqueness, diversity and outstanding values, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said. MTHHNM has a total area of 3,739.14 hectares and declared as a protected area in 2004. It enjoys a high endemism of flora and fauna and home to birds such as the Camiguin Hawk Owl, Camiguin Hanging Parrot, Yellowish Bulbul, and Golden yellow white-eye. Camiguin is also known as “the island of seven volcanoes,” with Mt. Timpoong as its highest peak and the active Mt. Hibok-Hibok as the largest volcano.
JAMES KONSTANTIN GALVEZ