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DOT all out in its PPUR campaign for No. 1 in the New7 Wonders PDF Print E-mail

By Lily O Ramos

MANILA, Nov. 9 (PNA) -- The Department of Tourism has been and is still going all out in its campaign to make Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) firm up its first place ranking among the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

Tourism Assistant Secretary Benito C. Bengzon on Wednesday said,"We have been aggressively campaigning everywhere to post our Underground River No. 1 in the race among the new most popular wonders on earth. We have invited foreign travel writers to see magnificent Palawan and its incredible PPUR which worked well."

Not to be discounted are the countless word-to-mouth stories and the countless reams of stories produced by English and vernacular writers.

Bengzon said the DOT has also been encouraging foreigners to vote on line for PPUR wherever and whenever personnel are abroad while doing conventions, travel fairs and exchange of ideas during seminars.

"The fact is, we always provide at least one laptop for foreign voters to cast their votes whether it is in Japan or in Europe or any other country in the world," he added.

"We should not be too confident nor complacent, there are several candidates who wish to climb up to No. 1 so they would not be dislodged from the N7W which only true nature type of art could only create."

Bengzon said the DOT has printed around 20,000 leaflets/flyers for distribution by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in embassies, chanceries and consulates around the globe to remind local and foreign residents about the beautiful Philippines' campaign for a place among the newest global attractive natural wonders.

"Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. is tireless when it comes to making PPUR win its rightful place in the sun. When he makes speeches and attends events or parties, he sees to it that everyone hears he is massively campaigning for a vote for the Palawan Underground River."

While Palawan Mayor Edward Hagedorn is ecstatic that Zurich-based N7W founder Bernard Weber said "I have arrived in Paradise!" when he visited the place last week, he wishes the votes would come pouring in before the deadline on November 11. (PNA)































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