12 November 2011
Pia hails underground river’s inclusion in New7Wonders
Senator Pia S. Cayetano today joined fellow Filipinos in rejoicing the inclusion of the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) of Palawan in the list of provisional winners of the New7Wonders of Nature as announced by organizers of the worldwide poll over the weekend.
“I congratulate everyone who voted, campaigned and kept vigil in the last three years to boost and sustain the bid of our very own Puerto Princesa Underground River to make it as one of the New7Wonders of Nature,” said Cayetano.
“The PPUR’s inclusion in the provisional list of winners affirms the Philippines’ reputation as a world-class eco-tourism destination by virtue of our rich biodiversity, breathtaking natural wonders and friendly people,” she added.
She said making the final list is a major accomplishment considering that the contenders originally included more than 400 entries from over 200 nations when the poll began in 2007.
“This proves how we as a people could unite and harness our online and texting power to rally behind one cause.”
She urged Filipinos to continue promoting our different eco-tourism sites to the rest of the world through the internet and various forms of social media.
“Filipinos have access to the world through various forms of social media. Let us use our strength in this area to continue to promote the beautiful destinations in our country.”
She concluded: “Let’s hope and pray that that the PPUR makes it to the final list of winners when all the votes have been verified. May this initial victory not only instill national pride in us, but also awareness and genuine concern to conserve our rich natural resources.” #
Photo: Senator Pia Cayetano during a recent visit to Sabang Beach in Puerto Princesa City, the jump-off point to the Puerto Princesa Underground River.