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article imagePalawan's Underground River vies for New 7 Wonders of Nature List

By Adeline Yuboco     Jul 31, 2011 in Travel
Puerto Princesa City - Palawan's Underground River has first gained international prestige and recognition after UNESCO classified it as a World Heritage Site. Recently, it has been named as one of the 28 sites being considered for the New 7 Wonders of Nature in the World.
Located 81 kilometers northwest from Palawan's capital city of Puerto Princesa, the Underground River (also known as Cabayugan River) is one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. It is an attraction that is included in most Palawan tour packages offered by local and international travel agencies, making it a vital component to the Philippine travel industry.
Palawan's Underground River stretches a length of 8.2 kilometers, making it one of the longest navigable subterranean rivers in the world. It gets its name from the fact that most of its length passes right underneath the Saint Paul Mountain range as it empties into the sea.
The Underground River was classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1999 because of the spectacular limestone karst landscape found in and around the cave where the river passes. The surrounding lush forests that surround the river has been recognized as a full mountain to sea ecosystem where you can find some of the important forest types in Asia as well unique species of flora and fauna, including the Palawan Peacock Pheasant which has been listed as among the threatened species in the world.
The Underground River in Palawan was announced as one of the 28 finalists for the New 7 Wonders of Nature. As of this posting time, it is the finalist with the 8th most number of international votes and the 3rd most number of national votes.
In an effort to push the Palawan Underground River to become one of the New 7 Wonders of the Natural World, Philippine President Benigno "NoyNoy" Aquino III issued Proclamation No. 182 which resulted to the launch of a "National and International Promotion Campaign for the Puerto Princesa Underground River as One of the New Seven Wonders of Nature," according to the Manila Bulletin. Among the programs that have been launched include a text voting service and the call for the support of government offices, local businesses and organizations involved in the Philippine travel industry.
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