The search for the 7 New Wonders of the World is on and the Philippines’ Palawan Underground River makes it to the 28 finalists. In the final round of voting, only seven will be chosen. For interested voters, click here.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has urged Filipinos in the Philippines and in other parts of the world to strongly and aggressively campaign for the subterranean river park. He is encouraging everyone to use multi-media channels in voting the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) in the online contest of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Embassies, consular offices, and labour offices of the Philippine government abroad are also being asked to encourage overseas Filipinos to vote for Puerto Princesa’s underground river.
Mobile phones are also one of the best ways to vote since majority of Filipinos own this communications gadget. Filipinos can use text messages by typing Text PPUR and sending it to 2861. Also, voters can log on to www.new7wonders.com. The last day of voting will be on November 10.
I had the opportunity to go there myself when we scouted for location sites for our company calendar. The entire site is a haven of geological and ecotourism delights. The underground river is divided in the centre by a limestone outcrop known as the St. Paul mountain range. It rises 1,028 meters at the highest, 11 km long, between 3-5 km wide and covers an area of around 35 sq. /km. Scientists believe it is between 16 – 20 million years old.
It was formerly known as the St. Paul Subterranean National Park when it was established as a protected park in 1971. In 1999, the national park was expanded to 22,202 hectares and was renamed Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. On December 11, 2003, the National committee on Geological Sciences declared it as a National Geological Monument.
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