Puerto Prinsesa Subterranean River included in the Top 28 Finalist on the New 7 Wonders of Nature

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) is one of the most important biodiversity conservation areas of the Philippines. It features a spectacular limestone or karst landscape that contains an 8.2 km long underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it flows directly into the sea, and the lower half portion of the river is brackish and subject to tidal influence. The area also represents significant habitat for biodiversity conservation. It contains a full mountain to the sea ecosystem and protects forests, which are among the most significant in Asia.

After topping the first round of voting, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River was declared 1 of 28 finalist for the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

On the Bank Note
The Philippine Government, together with the Bangko Sentral, recently issued a new 500 peso banknote as part of a major redesign of banknotes and coins to enhance security features and improve durability. The new note designs features famous Filipinos and iconic natural wonders. The reverse side of the 500 peso note shows New7 Wonders of Nature finalist, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River. The obverse side features former Philippine President Corazon Aquino and her late husband, Benigno.

How to vote

Voting for the PPUR is easy. According to DOT, people can vote via SMS by following these steps:

For Philippine-based voters:

•Write PPUR, PPUR7, or PPUR15 to signify the number of votes cast.
•Send to 2861 (for all networks)

For voters based abroad:

Write PPUR then send to any of the following:

•in Canada: 77077
•in Australia: 19788555
•in UAE: 3888
•in South Korea: 001-1588-7715
•in South Africa: 34874
•in Poland: write PUERTO and send to 7155)
•in Taiwan: write N7W PPUR and send to 55123.

It is estimated that up to 11 million Filipinos, or about 11 percent of the total population of the Philippines, now live overseas. More than 500,000 Filipinos work in the United Arab Emirates and they can support the Puerto Princesa Underground River with their mobile phones.

"To vote send the correct keyword for your chosen Finalist, in Arabic or English, by SMS to 3888. Each SMS costs AED 2, and you can vote on both the Etisalat and Du networks." The keyword for Puerto Princesa Underground River is PPUR.

People may also vote via e-mail by visiting http:///www.new7wonders.com/. Deadline for voting is at midnight on November 10, 2011. The New 7 Wonders of Nature will be announced on November 11, 2011.