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Puerto’s “Underground River” lands at 77 today PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

Subterranean Park's limestone and clean watersPUERTO PRINCESA CITY, April 25 (PNA) - The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP), which houses the world’s longest navigable water, has landed today in the top 77 official nominees to become one of the “New Seven Wonders of Nature” in the ongoing worldwide search.

The dramatic climb of PPSRNP, famously known as “Underground River” in sitio Sabang, barangay Cabayugan, located some 81 kilometers north from city, developed after the city government under Mayor Edward Hagedorn is seriously embarking a campaign to make the national park, at least, improve its ranking.

From its 275th position after nominated last April 13, it is currently ranked 77th in the ongoing live ranking among candidates in the selection of new seven wonders.

Subterranean Park's jungle trailsHagedorn attributed the impressive park’s rankings to tourists who visited the park and to the almost 20,000 athletes, sports officials and guests involved in the ongoing Palarong Pambansa here.

Visitors can vote through internet at different internet centers set up city government at the Ramon V. Mitra, Jr. Sports Complex and city coliseum.

Being at the 77th post, it would be advantage for the “Underground River” because prospective voters from all over the world will directly see it at the website at the live ranking.

”The underground river is famous here and abroad. I am confident that we will make it to the next round and hopefully into the final seven. We have been asking our visitors to vote for the underground river”, Hagedorn said in an statement.

Earlier, Hagedorn has appealed to Filipinos in the country and abroad to support the city government’s efforts to include the park in the group of 21 finalists before the internet voting Subterranean Park's lion's cave - A lion is said to be guarding the cave  -  which is actually a stalagmite at the entrance of Lion's Cave created by droplets from a drape-like stalactite.  closes Dec. 31, 2008.

In her visit in Dumaguete City Friday, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo also exhorted all Filipinos here and abroad to help the government in its campaign “Underground River”, Tubbataha Reef and Chocolate Hills to win in the search for the world’s new wonders.

The park with its underground 8.2 kilometer-long navigable river, considered the world's longest, had earlier been declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Environment, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). (PNA)

Various sectors commit support to “Underground River” in 7 wonders search
Puerto Princesa’s “Underground River” nominated in 7 wonders of nature search

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