Mt Makiling, a key biodiversity hotspot and popular hiking destination, was named the 33rd ASEAN Heritage Park on Thursday, October 3. In a ceremony held at the Mt Makiling Botanical Gardens in Los Baños, Laguna, officials from the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity presented the certification of declaration to the park managers and officials of the University of the Philippines Los Baños, under whose jurisdiction the mountain falls. Read more at Rappler.

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Global rankingASEAN environment chiefs declare PAs as AHPs since the organizationbelieves the uniqueness, diversity and notable values there deserve the highest recognition so importance of these sites as conservation areas can be appreciated internationally.Read more at Zambotimes.

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The Business Mirror reports MMFR’s new status as the 33rd ASEAN Heritage Park. ACB Executive Director Roberto V. Oliva said the AHPs serve as a regional network of national protected areas of high conservation importance preserving a complete spectrum of representative ecosystem to generate greater awareness, pride, appreciation, enjoyment and conservation of Asean’s rich natural heritage. Read more from theBusiness Mirror news article.

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Mount Makiling now is among the 33 heritage parks recognized by the ASEAN. Awarding took place on October 3, 2013 at the Makiling Botanic Gardens. Read more from the Inquirer news article.

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