The Puerto Princesa Undergroud River (PPUR) in Palawan officially joins the world's New 7 Wonders of Nature with the inauguration today, Saturday, April 21. President Benigno S. Aquino III will be the guest of honor and speaker during the historic event which will take place at One Esplanade, SM Central Business Park in Pasay City.
This was confirmed by Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn in a press briefing on Wednesday at the Max Restaurant in Scout Tuason, Roxas District, Quezon City. ”The President will be the guest of honor and speaker, and all Cabinet members have been invited to join the Chief Executive. It’s all-systems go for the inauguration,” Hagedorn said.
The inauguration will also be attended by members of the diplomatic community, key officials from the other six countries that made it to the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Other top government officials, both national and local, will also be present ”We are holding this historic event in Manila, not in Puerto Princesa City, because this is for all Filipinos and for the whole country,” Mayor Hagedorn stressed.
The highlight of the event, according to Hagedorn, will be the unveiling of the N7WN marker and awarding of the same to Puerto Princesa City. The mayor expressed his sincerest gratitude to all Filipinos, especially the media, for the support given in PPUR’s having been chosen as a wonder of nature in last year’s worldwide search for the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
The PPUR was the Philippine lone entry to the global search initiated by the Swiss-based organization, the New 7 Wonders of Nature Foundation headed by Dr. Bernard Weber. Aside from the PPUR, the other six winners include Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest, Vietnam’s Halong Bay, Argentina’s Iugazu Falls, South Korea’s Jeju Island, Indonesia’s Komodo Island and South Africa’s Table Mountain.