Cebu gov backs Palawan’s underground river for New Seven Wonders of Nature
Gov. Gwen Garcia / Photo: lpp.gov.ph CEBU CITY, Sept. 21 (PNA) – Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia has asked member-provinces of  the East Asia Inter-Regional Tourism Forum (Eatof) to support Puerto Princesa’s Underground River in its bid to be one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.

Garcia made this request during the recent Eatof Governors’ Conference, after they were asked to vote for Ha Long Bay, as part of their activities in the General Assembly.

The underground river is included in the 28 finalists, together with Ha Long Bay of Quang Nihn Province, Vietnam; Jeju Island of South Korea; and the Dead Sea, a salt lake located between Palestine and Israel to the west and Jordan to the east.

”We also request the same support. Perhaps we shall endorse this in the next secretariat meeting because anyway, we should not compete,” Garcia said, adding that there are seven spots that can be filed up.

”We should help each other, complement each other,” Garcia told the members of the Vietnamese press in an interview.

To vote for the New Seven Wonders of Nature, which was organized by the New Open World, visit the official website, new7wonders.com.

The official declaration of the New Seven Wonders of Nature will be on Nov. 11, 2011, or 11/11/11.

Eatof, as an organization, focuses on promoting the tourism sector of each member-province.

Garcia said although the underground river is not in Cebu, she saw the need to promote it because it would be a source of national pride for Filipinos to land in the top seven. (PNA)
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