THE FIRST ROUND IS OVER!!!
From the 6 Philippine bets, my highly supported wonder of Palawan, the Underground River is now the remaining national qualifier for the global online voting on the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River Park bested the Chocolate Hills of Bohol, Mount Mayon of Bicol Region, Hundred Islands of Pangasinan, Mount Pinatubo of Pampanga and Mount Taal of Batangas to qualify for the second round of online voting.
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 50 km north of the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. It features a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 km. navigable underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea. It includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers. The lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences. The underground river is reputed to be the world’s longest. At the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water’s edge. Monkeys (THEIR MONKEYS ARE VERY FRIENDLY, WAG LANG MAGDALA NG PAGKAIN LALO NA SAGING PARA DI AGAWIN NG MGA UNGGOY), large monitor lizards (LARGE TALAGA AS IN, LIZARDS WALK SIDE BY SIDE WITH VISITORS!!!), and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the cave.
Out of the 400 plus nominees last year, 261 qualified national and multinational nominees are now competing to make it to the top 77. All nominees are clearly defined natural sites or natural monuments that were NOT created or significantly altered by humans for aesthetic reasons.
ONE VOICE, MANY VOTES
Yes, every online voter can choose 7 natural wonders. For example, aside from the Undergound River, I also voted for Komodo Island of Indonesia, Black Forest of Germany, Great Barrier Reef of Australia/Papua New Guinea, Angel Falls of Venezuela, Galapagos Island of Ecuador and Sipadan Island of Malaysia.
Please cast for votes now for the next round of voting, click here
GO TEAM PHILIPPINES!!!