From an initial list of over 400 locations around the world, The Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan is the lone finalist from the Philippines and now counts among the top 14 of the 28 Official Finalist candidates selected by a panel of international experts from a list of 77 contenders via the first round of global voting from 2007-2010. The official declaration of the N7WN will be on 11 November 2011.
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 8.2km 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 y ancient trees growing right to the water’s age. Monkeys, large monitor lizards, and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the cave.
Three ways to vote for PPUR:
Vote via the N7WN Website. Internet voting is allowed per-email address. Click on the PPUR as your N7WN candidate, register your email account, send your vote.
Vote via Text Message. Each SMS sent counts as one vote. Simply text PPUR to 3888
Vote by telephone. International voting line, 24/7. Dial any of these numbers:
+1 869 760 5990
+1 649 339 8080
+44 758 900 1290
At the end of the message, after the tone, dial PPUR’s 4 digit code 7723. When you hear the thank you message, you are done.
The public is hereby informed that the Consulate General of the Philippines shall be closed on 01 November 2011 in observance of Philippine National Holiday, All Saints Day. Regular office timings shall resume the following day.