Tagaytay City, Philippines – The ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHPs), Southeast Asia's best protected areas, will now have a trademark of its own.
After receiving more than 300 entries from ASEAN Member States, the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) officially unveiled the winning logo entry during the Fourth AHP Conference on 1 October 2013 in Tagaytay City, Philippines.
The entry sent by Liezl Manatad from the Philippines emerged as the winner as chosen by the members of the AHP Committee. Manatad received USD 1,000 and a certificate for winning the competition.
The entries were judged based on originality, memorability, symmetry of design, symbolism and interpretation and visual impact.
Atty. Roberto V. Oliva, ACB Executive Director, said, "The contest aimed to create greater recognition for the significance of AHPs and promote AHPs as prime nature destinations."
AHPs are protected areas of high conservation importance which preserve a complete spectrum of representative ecosystems in the ASEAN region. Including natural and national parks, nature reserves, cultural sites and prehistoric sites, AHPs represent the very best of species and ecosystems in Southeast Asia.
Currently, there are 33 AHPs in Southeast Asia: Tasek Merimbun Heritage Park in Brunei Darrusalam; Preah Monivong (Bokor) National Park and Virachey National Park in Cambodia; Leuser National Park, Kerinchi Seblat National Park and Lorentz National Park in Indonesia; Nam Ha National Protected Area in Lao PDR; Kinabalu National Park, Gunung Mulu National Park and Taman Negara National Park in Malaysia; Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park, Inlay Lake Wildlife Sanctuary, Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary, Khakaborazi National Park, Lampi Marine National Park, Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary and Nat Ma Taung National Park in Myanmar; Mt. Apo Natural Park, Mts. Iglit-Baco National Park, Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park, Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park and Mt. Makiling Forest Reserve in the Philippines; Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Wetland in Singapore; Khao Yai National Park, Tarutao National Park, Ao-Phangnga-Mu Koh Surin-Mu Koh Similan Marine National Parks and Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex in Thailand; and Ba Be National Park, Chu Mom Ray National Park, Hoang Lien Sa Pa National Park, Kon Ka Kinh National Park and U Minh Thuong National Park in Vietnam.