The Philippines’ very own underground river has made it into the New 7 Wonders of Nature provisional list!
Results of the first count of votes submitted were announced on November 11, 2011 by Bernard Weber, Founder-President of the New 7 Wonders Foundation from their headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland after the voting closed at 11:11GMT.
About the Philippines’ Underground River
Located in the Saint Paul mountain range just outside of the capital city of Puerto Princesa in the province of Palawan, the Puerto Princesa Underground River (also known as Cabayugan River) has already gained international prestige and recognition as one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Philippines, and is one of the top destinations to visit not just in the province of Palawan, but throughout the country.
You can check out my previous post on the Puerto Princesa Underground River to learn more about it.
Complete New 7 Wonders of Nature Provisional List
Below is the list of the other sites that have made it into the New 7 Wonders of Nature provisional list along with the Philippines’ Underground River:
- The Amazon Jungle (South America)
- Halong Bay (Vietnam)
- Iguazu Falls (Argentina and Brazil)
- Jeju Island (South Korea)
- Komodo (Indonesia)
- Table Mountain (South Africa)
Video Announcement of the New 7 Wonders of Nature Provisional List
Not Yet the Official New 7 Wonders of Nature List
As he mentioned in the video, the results are based on the first count and are not yet the official list of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Over the next few weeks, the members of the foundation will be checking on each of the votes submitted to make sure that they are valid. That means that there is still a possibility that the list of those that made it to the New 7 Wonders of Nature provisional list will change. Of course, I am crossing my fingers (on my hands and feet) that the Underground River in the Philippines will stay in the list and will make it to the official list of the New 7 Wonders of Nature which is scheduled to be announced in early 2012.
New 7 Wonders Cities Nomination Announced
With the end of the voting of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, Weber also took time to announce that their foundation is now accepting nominations for the New 7 Wonders Cities, which is their third campaign.
Vigan, Ilocos Sur: the Best Nominee for the Philippines
It’s going to be very interesting which city in the Philippines will be nominated for this third campaign. My personal choice will have to be the city of Vigan in Ilocos Sur.
Located 400 kilometers from the capital city of Manila, the city of Vigan in Ilocos Sur is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Philippines, and one without parallel anywhere in East and South-East Asia. The city was established back in the 16th century during the time when the Philippines was a colony of Spain. It was named after Biga—a species of taro that abundantly grows along the banks of the Mestizo River.
The allure of the city is mainly due to the well-preserved buildings found here. Many of these buildings date back to the time when the city was established by the Spaniards. It remains to be the most well-preserved areas of Spanish influence in the Philippines. It is in this city, particularly along the infamous Crisologo Street, where you can still find cobbled streets where the kalesa—the local horse-drawn carriage—is one of the main forms of transportation used by both the locals and tourists. On either side of the streets, you can still find old colonial houses made with brick walls and tile roofs that are still inhabited to this day. Although the design is predominantly Spanish, these colonial houses also contain bits of Chinese influence as well, making this truly a perfect example of the blending of different cultures and traditions that has made the culture in the Philippines very unique, and the best choice to be nominated in the race for the New 7 Wonders Cities.
What do you think of the provisional list of the New 7 Wonders of Nature recently announced? Are you happy or sad about it? Which city in your country would you nominate for the New 7 Wonders Cities campaign?