Filipinos Urged to Vote for Palawan River in 7 Wonders of Nature

There’s a big chance the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) will make it to the New 7 Wonders of Nature (N7WN)–that is, if Filipinos will do their part in voting for the famed tourist spot.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is spearheading the campaign to put PPUR on the list.

The DOT said Friday it will go on TV via an episode in a travel program, and conduct familiarization trips for the media to help in spreading the word about PPUR.

Tourism Secretary Alberto A. Lim has also met with the business community, particularly the officials of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to solicit their support.

“I have made a pitch for them to support the program and I am happy that they have responded positively by saying they will encourage Mainland Chinese to vote as well,” Lim said.

In 1999, UNESCO declared the PPUR as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The underground river itself runs for 8.2 kilometers amid a spectacular limestone landscape.

The PPUR is part of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) managed by the local government. Its website can be found at http://www.puerto-undergroundriver.com.

How to vote

Voting for the PPUR is easy. According to DOT, people can vote via SMS by following these steps:

For Philippine-based voters:

•Write PPUR, PPUR7, or PPUR15 to signify the number of votes cast.
•Send to 2861 (for all networks)

For voters based abroad:

Write PPUR then send to any of the following:

•in Canada: 77077
•in Australia: 19788555
•in UAE: 3888
•in South Korea: 001-1588-7715
•in South Africa: 34874
•in Poland: write PUERTO and send to 7155
•in Taiwan: write N7W PPUR and send to 55123.

People may also vote via e-mail by visiting http:///www.new7wonders.com/.

Deadline for voting is at midnight on November 10, 2011.

The New 7 Wonders of Nature will be announced on November 11, 2011.

Source: ABS-CBN News