MANILA, Philippines—More and more high ranking elected officials gave their support to Vigan City’s bid to become one of the ‘New7Wonders’ of the world.
Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Loren Legarda today urged Filipinos to keep voting for Vigan City to make it one of the ‘New7Wonders’ cities of the world.
“Vigan reflects our country’s rich culture and history. As Filipinos proud of our own heritage, let us help make Vigan our very own world wonder,” the vice president said.
Binay said that he hopes that by gaining the title, Vigan will be able to attract more local and foreign visitors, and inspire appreciation of the country’s heritage.
“This is an opportunity for us to showcase the beauty of our country, and motivate others to protect and preserve their cultural legacy so future generations will be able to appreciate and cherish it,” Binay said.
On the other hand, Legarda said that Vigan City deserves to be included in the New7Wonders Cities not only to bring honor to the country but also to set a good example to other cities on how history and culture can stand out amidst modernity.
“The carefully preserved centuries-old structures in the Historic City of Vigan bring people back in time, but the city’s prosperity tells us that the citizens and the government of this UNESCO World Heritage Site have worked well and made good use of its autonomy,” she added.
“The best practices that the people of Vigan have carried out to preserve history and promote culture while working towards sustainable development should be emulated and recognized. I call on Filipinos to support Vigan City’s bid to be one of the New7Wonders Cities,” Legarda said.
Vigan is one of 28 finalists in the search for the New7Wonders Cities of the World. As the lone nominee from the Philippines, it aims to duplicate the success of the Puerto Princesa Underground River, which was named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2012.
The campaign for the New7Wonders Cities of the World started in 2012 with more than 1,200 nominees from around 220 cities.
Vigan City made it to the top 77 cities during the qualification phase. The list was trimmed down to 28 cities-finalists in October 2013.
The 28 cities will be narrowed further to 21 by online voting on July 7, 2014; to 14 on October 7 and finally to 7 on December 7 2014.
Voting can be done online thru the website: www.new7wonders.com/en/cities.#