MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino inaugurated last night the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature and hailed it as a collective success for the Filipinos.
The President, along with Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn, thanked everyone for the achievement, during the inauguration in Pasay City.
Hagedorn said the PPUR victory was for all Filipinos to share.
The President himself led the campaign for PPUR and called on more Filipinos to visit the site.
Aquino said Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. would market other eco-tourism sites that the country could offer the world to visit.
“The Puerto Princesa Underground River is the pride of Palawan, and now, it is the pride of the world, because it has officially been named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature,” he said.
“In the face of tremendous competition – 27 other finalists and millions of other voters from all over the world – we pulled together, and once again put the Philippines on the map.”
“I thank everyone who participated in this effort – from those who led the campaign, to those who sent in their text and Internet votes,” he said.