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Hagedorn eyes Asian Motocross a big boost to RP's chances in Seven Wonders list PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 February 2009

Hosting the event for the past years may have been successful, but Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn sees this year's staging of the Motocross Masters of Asia - Puerto Princesa International Motocross Grand Prix to be held on March 1, 2009 as the most important yet in their thrust to boost local tourism and fortify its claim as the Sports Tourism Capital of the Philippines.

That's because the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park or more known as the Underground River is number one of the leading contenders for the "New Seven Wonders of the World" on line survey and hailed by the DOT.

With the foreign delegates coming over and the UK crew of Star Sports and ESPN beaming  the event to over 600 million households worldwide, Hagedorn hopes to showcase the city's flora and fauna and boost the country's chances to make it in the list of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

"The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park or the Underground River is currently the number one of the leading contenders for the New Seven Wonders of the World and we're hoping to get more support through the foreign visitors coming over for the event," said Hagedorn.

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 50 km north of the city of Puerto Princesa. It features a limestone karat mountain landscape with an 8.2 km. navigable underground river.

Tourists usually get astonished over the limestone stalagmites and stalactite formations like the Holy Family and a giant rose. The underground river is also reputed to be the world's longest as it winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea.

At the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water's edge. Monkeys, large monitor lizards, and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the cave.

The foreign delegates will also be treated to a tour of the City's nature and historical sights like the Crocodile Farm, the Honda Bay, Ulugan Bay, El Nido, the Palawan Museum, the historic Immaculate Conception Cathedral, the Lions Cave, the Cawili Cave and a tour of Puerto Princesa's aborigines at the Batak Village.

"March is really an opportune time to visit Puerto Princesa City.  We will be celebrating our foundation day and the Balayong Festival on March 4 but a lot of other sports activities," said Hagedorn.

"Every year, more and more tourists visit Puerto Princesa to enjoy the peaceful ambience, the beauty and splendor of our nature frontiers and scenic spots and get the rare chance to witness the biggest motorsports spectacle in Philipine history featuring champion riders from the Asia-Pacific region.  Only Puerto Princesa City can do that and we are very proud of it," said Hagedorn.

The event, supported by the City of Puerto Princesa, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Oakley, Castrol, HJC Helmets, Department of Tourism, Philippine Sports Commission, Negros Navigation Shipping Lines , and Inside Racing, will feature champion riders from 10 participating countries which includes Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Guam, Iran, Thailand, China, the United Kingdom and Mongolia.

Up for grabs is the Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn Cup -- a sterling silver trophy coming from the city's chief executive and his constituents.

For details on the Motocross Masters of Asia, check out or please email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (63) 0917-847-9785. Source:

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