By: Imelda C. Rivero, PIA 1, Ilocos Sur
VIGAN CITY, – City Mayor Eva Marie Medina has rallied Filipinos to support Vigan’s quest to become one of the New7WonderCities of the World.
Medina started an online campaign earlier this month to convince Filipinos to vote for Vigan through the website www.n7w.com/cities/en.
Medina is confident that a small city like Vigan can compete against 28 finalists like Vancouver, Kyoto, Athens,Prague, Chicago, Istanbul, Ho Chi Minh, Havana, Bangkok, Casablanca, Doha, Mendoza, Quito, Mumbai, Mexicity City, La Paz, Phnom Penh, London, Beirut, Reykjavk, Durban, Shenzen, Seoul, and Barcelona.
“But (as we know) the story of Davit and Goliath, the small boy defeated the giant,” she said.
Medina noted how Palawan’s tourism industry turned around when its underground river was chosen as one of the New Wonders of Nature.
She said Palawan had since been catering to 23 flights a day while tourists ballooned to 54,000 a month.
Witnessed by the executive director of the New7Wonders , Jeane Paul de la Fuente, the launch also urged heads of groups, government units, companies and individuals to make their pledge of commitment for Vigan’s cause.
Those who signed the pledge board aside from Medina were the Provincial Governor Ryan Luis V Singson, GMA Kapuso network, Department of Tourism Ilocos Region Director Martin Valera, Vigan Parish Priest Reverend Father Beth Avila, and a scholar of the city government.
By signing the pledge board they agreed to conserve the city of Vigan, a cultural property of the Filipinos and the world.
They also pledged to etch the universal distinction of Vigan in the global memory of humanity; to be actively involved in the campaign and other activities to ensure that Vigan will be one of the New 7 Wonder Cities; to share capacities and resources to make people vote for Vigan and to strongly commit to support Vigan in this bid which will carve a milestone that will deepen every Filipino’s sense of pride and appreciation. “
The New7WondersCities will be announced on December 7.
The New7WondersCities is the third global vote created by the New7Wonders after the campaigns of the New7Wonders of the World, and the New7Wonders of Nature.
The New7WonderCities is a venue where everything can be discussed like urban planning, metropolitan governance, tourism, architecture, as explained, by Bernard Weber, the founder-president of the New7Wonders who launched the campaign in 2012..#