The first phase of the Official Inauguration ceremonies celebrating the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) as one of the New7Wonders of Nature began to day in Manila. The event was attended by Philippines President Benigno Aquino III, Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn and New7Wonders Founder-President Bernard Weber.
Dignitaries from Argentina, South Africa, Vietnam and Korea also attended the inauguration and artists, including Noel Cabangon, Joey Ayala and Sarah Geronimo, performed at the event.
In his remarks, Bernard Weber said, “I am proud and delighted to open this first ever Official Inauguration event of a New 7 Wonder of Nature. We are indeed living a historical moment… Never before in mankind’s history was it possible to have a global vote, have worldwide consensus, and never before has Nature reached the same global consideration as the man-made New 7 Wonders of the World.
With this official recognition and Inauguration, Puerto Princesa Underground River is now becoming part of Global Memory at the beginning of the third millennium — 7 things that everyone on our planet can and will remember!”