New 7 Wonders of the World

There had been a voting session being held as to what will complete the New 7 Wonders of the World. As of today October 10, 2011, organizers told the voting public that the deadline of sending of votes is until November 11, 2011 (11-11-11).

In the Philippines, we are pushing one of our very own wonder which is located at Puerto Prinsesa in Palawan.

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 50 km north of the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. It features a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 km. navigable underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea. It includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers. The lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences. The underground river is reputed to be the world's longest. 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 Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) is one of the most important biodiversity conservation areas of the Philippines. It features a spectacular limestone or karst landscape that contains an 8.2 km long underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it flows directly into the sea, and the lower half portion of the river is brackish and subject to tidal influence. The area also represents significant habitat for biodiversity conservation. It contains a full mountain to the sea ecosystem and protects forests, which are among the most significant in Asia.

The PPPSRNP is designated a core area for the Palawan Biosphere Reserve under the Man and Biosphere Program. In recognition of its globally significant natural properties, it was inscribed to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s of (UNESCO) List of Natural World Heritage Sites. Inscription to the list confirms the exceptional and universal value of the Site that deserves to be protected for the benefit of all humanity.

The PPSRNP is managed by the City Government of Puerto Princesa based on a program centered on environmental conservation and sustainable development. It has the distinction of being the first national park devolved and successfully managed by a Local Government Unit. It has been cited as an example of best practices for biodiversity conservation and sustainable tourism in the Philippines.

The Puerto Princesa Underground River is reputed to be the longest navigable underground river in the World. It is one of the few such rivers which the public can easily experience and appreciate. It is the official entry of the Philippines and is 1 of the 28 finalists to the Search for the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

It is a source of pride and a key element in the identity of the people of Puerto Princesa in particular, and of the Philippines as a whole.

There would be 7 New Wonders out of 28 finalists that made it to the top. The competition is so stiff that every vote matters. We can do our share to promote Puerto Prinsesa besides voting for  it to be included in the much awaited New 7 Wonders of the World.

President Noynoy Aquino together with City Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn is encouraging all Filipinos to take part in this prestigious event. Let us all help ourselves as a Filipino, our country as a whole and uplift the morale of our countrymen. Vote for Puerto Prinsesa as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

You can also cast your vote here. The world, not just the Filipinos is counting on you ;-)

For mobile users in the Philippines, you can send in your votes through text. Text PPUR and send to 2861, Php 2.50/text. If you want to send 7 votes, Text PPUR7 and PPUR15 for 15 votes, send to 2861. One voter via text can win up to Php 25 million. Again, text PPUR and send it to 2861.


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