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Puerto Princesa’s subterranean park remains in the lead in New 7 Wonders search PDF Print E-mail
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Dec. 10 (PNA) -- The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) which houses the world’s longest navigable “Underground River” remains in the lead in the line ranking of the search for the New 7 Wonders (N7W) of Nature, 11 weeks after it was hoisted to the No. 1 spot by votes cast by its many avid supporters all over the world.

As of Dec. 8, the PPSRNP had stood its ground against Vietnam's Ha Long Bay, which is at the No. 2 spot, followed by Bangladesh's Cox's Bazaar Beach at No. 3.

Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn said he is very glad with the current ranking of the city's nominee, adding he is optimistic that the subterranean park will be included in the top 77 list that the N7W panel of experts will review after July 7, 2009.

From the list, the panel of experts that will be led by Prof. Federico Mayor, former director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will choose 21 finalists, whose names will be announced on July 21, 2009. These finalists will be then put to popular vote.

Hagedorn said that if the PPSRNP makes it to the N7W list, it will be the pride not only of the residents of Puerto Princesa, but of the whole country and Filipino people.

"The subterranean river national park is not only our pride, but also the pride of the whole country. Let us continue campaigning for more votes so that we will make it further in the search," he said.

Since the PPSRNP became a nominee, Hagedorn and the city government have launched various campaign projects, including the invitation of the swimsuit parade of candidates of the search for Miss Earth 2008 held in Sabang, Barangay Cabayugan.

The candidates of the Miss Earth were all one in saying that the subterranean river is truly a natural wonder that should not be missed by a lot of people in the country and in the world.

"This is a one of a kind place and I am proud that it is in the Philippines," Karla Paula Henry said several days before she won the Miss Earth pageant, promising to help Puerto Princesa campaign.

On the last week of November, the candidates of the Mutya ng Pilipinas came to visit the underground river and were all amazed by its beauty and splendor.

With most of them visiting for the first time, the Mutya candidates said they did not realize such a place exists in the country.

The Foundation running the seven wonders search was established in 2001 by Swiss-born Canadian filmmaker, author and adventurer Bernard Weber to contribute to the protection of the world's human-built and natural heritage and to foster respect for the cultural diversity on planet Earth. (PNA) 
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