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Puerto Princesa’s “Underground River” climbs to 24th place in new 7 wonders search PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

 PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, May 05 (PNA) -- The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP), which houses the world’s longest navigable water, has settled today in the top 24 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 became serious in embarking a campaign to make the national park known worlwide and at least, improve its ranking.

From its 275th position after nomination last April 13, it climbed up to 24th in the ongoing live ranking among candidates in the selection of new seven wonders.

Hagedorn 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 past Palarong Pambansa here.

Visitors can vote through internet at different internet centers set up city government in the city.

Being at the 24th post would be an advantage for the “Underground River” because prospective voters from all over the world will directly see it at the website www.new7wonders.com

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 closes Dec. 31, 2008.

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)

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