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Aquino urges all Filipinos to vote and help Puerto Princesa Underground River win spot in N7W PDF Print E-mail

MANILA, June 6 (PNA) -- President Benigno S. Aquino III urged all Filipinos here and abroad to vote and support the country’s pride, the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR), as one of the finalists in the global search for the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

The President made the pitch right after he signed the proclamation order urging all national government agencies, local government units, students and even overseas Filipino workers to join hands in the aggressive voting campaign thru internet and SMS (short messaging system).

In his speech, the President said if the 80 million Filipino cellular phone users participate in the campaign the PPUR has a big chance to win in the competition that would help spur the country’s tourism and create thousands of job opportunities to the people.

“As of now, the country has no less than 80 million Filipino cellular phone users. All we need is 1 billion votes,” President said as he cited the almost 2 million texts recorded by the leading telecommunication companies in their daily operations.

As more Filipinos are now actively using internet as another tool in communication, the President urged them to vote the Philippine environment at the or simply text PPUR15 to 2861.

“We can help Puerto Princesa, as well as the entire Philippines, if we vote PPUR to have spot in the international search for the new 7 wonders of nature,” he said.

During the program, Bernard Webber, president and founder of the New 7 Wonder of Nature, officially designated Puerto Princesa as one of the 28 finalists for the new 7 wonder of nature category.

Renowned as the world’s longest underground river, Puerto Princesa Underground River features a stunning limestone karst mountain landscape, impressive cave systems, impressive stalactites and stalagmites formations, lush old growth tropical rain forest and interesting wildlife.

The subterranean river spans 8.2 kilometers long and flows beneath stalactites and stalagmites formation.

The Underground River beat 440 other contenders to be one of the 28 finalists for the New 7 Wonders of Nature Campaign. The voting period will end on November 10 and winners will be announced on the following day (November 11). (PNA)










































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