This hidden gem in the Philippines could become the next UNESCO Global Geopark!

The stunning Biri Rock Formations in Northern Samar might be the next must-see UNESCO Global Geopark.

The Northern Samar provincial government is making a big move, pushing for the Biri Rock Formations to snag UNESCO Global Geopark status for their “unique geological treasures.”

Last month, key officials from the organization swooped in for the initial assessment of these stunning rock formations, nestled where the San Bernardino Strait meets the Pacific Ocean.

The team included heavy hitters like Anthony Henares, Secretary-General of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines; Jeremy Barns, the director-general of the National Museum of the Philippines; Cecil Tirol, director for Visayas of National Museums; and conservation experts from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.


Aside from assessing its geological significance, the team also scoped out the site’s potential for sustainable tourism, education, and community development.

“As the UNESCO evaluation unfolds, the world watches in anticipation, hopeful that these geological wonders will soon join the ranks of the world’s most cherished and protected natural sites,” said the provincial government in a Philippine News Agency report.

It added, “The convergence of international and national experts in Biri is a promising step towards this goal, highlighting the universal value of these ancient formations.”

If the Biri Rock Formations get UNESCO’s stamp of approval, they will be the second UNESCO Global Geopark in the Philippines, following Bohol Island, which got the designation in May last year.

What’s the big deal about the Biri Rock Formations? Formed about 18 million years ago, these seven colossal rocks—Magasang, Magsapad, Macadlaw, Puhunan, Bel-at, Caranas, and Pinanahawan—are not just IG-worthy spots but also living testaments to the Earth’s geological history, shaped by tectonic movements, wave actions, and weathering.

Each rock tells its own story, and together, they weave a rich narrative of the planet’s evolution, said the provincial government.