President Aquino's campaigned for PPUR became successful. Puerto Princesa Underground River officially one of the New7Wonder of Nature, Weber announced on Saturday press conference held at Heritage Hotel in Pasay City.
“When your very own President Aquino came out in support of the PPUR campaign, I knew that this country was taking the New7Wonders of Nature seriously. Fans of PPUR all over the world responded to his call for action by voting in record numbers and today’s confirmation is the well-earned reward for this extraordinary display of enthusiasm.”
Philippines new achievement will attract more tourists to navigate the beautiful Puerto Princesa Undergroun River. “This confirmation is wonderful news for Puerto Princesa, and a great example of how now it’s more fun to be in the Philippines," said Mayor Hagedorn.
"World-wide exposure of our natural beauty on this level is critical both for tourism and for our image nationally and internationally," he added.
A distinguishing feature of the river is that it winds through a cave before flowing directly into the West Philippine Sea. It includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers. The lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences. Until the 2007 discovery of an underground river in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River was reputed to be the world's longest underground river.
Amongst the official New7Wonders of Nature are (in alphabetical order):
1. Amazon Rainforest – Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela
2. Halong Bay – Vietnam
3. Iguazu Falls – Argentina, Brazil
4. Jeju Island – South Korea
5. Komodo National Park – Indonesia
6. Puerto Princesa Underground River – Palawan, Philippines
7. Table Mountain – South Africa