Vigan City Wins U.N.E.S.C.O Award for World Heritage Site Management

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The Heritage City of Vigan has won the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) award for "Best Practice in World Heritage Site Management, besting 28 other cities in 23 countries, during the 40th World Heritage Convention in Kyoto, Japan, on November 6-8, 2012.

Vigan City, the capital of Ilocos Sur, obtained the highest number of votes because of its good management practice in spite of limited resources making it adaptable in other countries. "Vigan is an exceptionally intact and well-preserved example of a European trading town in East and Southeast Asia," UNESCO said. "The architecture is truly reflective of its roots in both materials and design, in its fusion of Asian building design and construction with European colonial architecture and planning."

Vigan City was named World Heritage Site on December 2, 1999, for conserving early architecture and age-old edifices. It was a Hall of Famer as Cleanest, Greenest, and Safest City in Region 1, recognized for three consecutive years from 2006 to 2008. It won another Hall of Fame award in 2011 as "Most Child-Friendly City" for three successive years. It is vying as one of "New 7 Wonders - Cities of the World," which will be known on July 7, 2014. …