Puerto Princesa Underground River officially inaugurated as New 7 Wonders of Nature!

The Puerto Princesa Underground River was officially inaugurated as one of the New 7 Wonders of Natureon Saturday April 21, 2012.
The inauguration ceremony, held at the One Esplanade in Pasay City, was attended by President Benigno Aquino III, Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje and Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.
Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn thanked the President for personally campaigning for the inclusion of the underground river, saying that the simple act of getting nominated was difficult.
Hagedorn said the success of the underground river is not only for the province of Puerto Princesa but for the whole country as well.
President Aquino, for his part, said the recognition of Palawan’s underground river will boost tourism in the province and in the country and will create job opportunities.
Aquino also stressed the importance of preserving the natural resources of the country.
The head of the New 7 Wonders of Nature Foundation Dr. Bernard Weber presented the plaque to Aquino.
Dignitaries from other countries like Vietnam and Korea also attended the inauguration.
Various artists, including Noel Cabangon, Joey Ayala and Sarah Geronimo, performed at the event.
Also making it to the list of new world wonders are the Amazon, Halong Bay, Iguazo Falls, Jeju Island, Komodo, and Table Mountain.

Puerto Prinsesa Underground River is officially named one of the New7Wonders of Nature!

One of Palawan’s tourist attraction the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) has made it to the list of the official New7Wonders of Nature (N7WN).


N7WN president Bernard Weber confirmed the news during a press conference at the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City on January 28, 2012.

“When your very own President Aquino came out in support of the PPUR campaign, I knew that this country was taking the New7Wonders of Nature seriously. Fans of PPUR all over the world responded to his call for action by voting in record numbers and today’s confirmation is the well-earned reward for this extraordinary display of enthusiasm.”

Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn, who was also present at the press conference, also expressed his delight of PPUR making it to the list.

 

“This confirmation is wonderful news for Puerto Princesa, and a great example of how now its more fun to be in the Philippines. World-wide exposure of our natural beauty on this level is critical both for tourism and for our image nationally and internationally”

Here’s the complete list of the provisional New7Wonders of Nature, in alphabetical order:

1. Amazon Rainforest (various countries in South America)
2. Halong Bay (Vietnam)
3. Iguazu Falls (Argentina, Brazil)
4. Jeju Island (South Korea)
5. Komodo National Park (Indonesia)
6. Puerto Princesa Underground River (Palawan, Philippines)
7. Table Mountain (South Africa)

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