On April 21, Saturday, the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) in Palawan will officially be installed as one of the world’s New 7 Wonders of Nature (N7WN) in an inaugural ceremony to be held at the One Esplanade, SM Central Business Park in Pasay City.
Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn made this announcement yesterday, Wednesday, April 18, at a press conference held at Max’s Restaurant Roces in Quezon City.
“Darating po rito yung mga organizers, yung New 7 Wonders Foundation para personally ay i-hand-over sa atin yung plaque of recognition,” Hagerdorn added, speaking in front of members of the media.
Seated with him at the presidential table were Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) News Digest editor-in-chief Felix Regis, Rod Saucelo of the Puerto Princesa Support Committee, and events producer Bert Abesamis.
“Almost 100 percent na ang ating preparation, kaya all systems go na ho ang ating celebration for April 21,” the 65-year-old mayor said about the upcoming celebration this Saturday.
Hagedorn confirmed the attendance of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and other top national government officials during the inauguration.
“The President will be the guest of honor and speaker, and all cabinet members have been invited to join the Chief Executive,” Hagedorn said.
The affair will also be attended by members of the diplomatic community, key officials from the six countries that made it to the New 7 Wonders of Nature, and local government officials of the National Capital Region.
Providing entertainment to the event are celebrities Sarah Geronimo, KC Concepcion, shadow theatre group El Gamma Penumbra, Robert Cena, Bayang Barrios, Bugan, XB GenSan, Air Dancers, Noel Cabangon, Joey Ayala, sand artist Kenneth, Frenchie Dy, Ayen and Franco Laurel, and Mind Stress Band.
Hosting the celebration will be Luis Manzano, Venus Raj, and Grace Lee.
According to Hagedorn, the highlight of the event will be the unveiling of the N7WN marker and awarding of the same to the city of Puerto Princesa.
The event is open to the public.
THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE N7WN. In 2007, the Switzerland-based New 7 Wonders Foundation launched a global poll to create a list of seven natural wonders.
Joining the contest for a position in the list of New 7 Wonders of Nature (N7WN), was Palawan’s Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR). Last year, a task force was made to support PPUR’s bid for a position in the N7WN list.
The PPUR Task Force was created by virtue of Proclamation 182 and chaired by DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo. A massive polling campaign, covering online and texting platforms, was launched to support the PPUR campaign.
The campaign resulted to the inclusion of the PPUR in the N7WN list along with other winners, the Amazon Rainforest of Brazil, Halong Bay of Vietnam, Iguazu Falls of Argentina, Jeju Island of South Korea, Komodo Island of Indonesia, and Table Mountain of South Africa.
PPUR’s inclusion in the list was made official by N7WN Foundation founder and president Bernard Weber on January 28, 2012.
The 8.3 kilometer-long underground river of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, was the lone entry of the Philippines to the N7WN poll.