It’s official (well, sort of, since the organizers already made an announcement, with the caveat that it’s subject to verification and confirmation, that Puerto Princesa Underground River is among the New 7 Wonders of Nature. After the end of voting on 11 November 2011, the New 7 Wonders of Nature announced that 7 out of 28 made it to the final list. Here’s the list, in no particular order and subject to confirmation in 2012:
Puerto Princesa Underground River, found in the province of Puerto Princesa, Philippines, is reputed to be the world’s longest underground river. It’s carved under a limestone mountain, with stalactites, stalagmites and huge chambers that open to the West Philippine Sea.
Amazon Rainforest, consisting of more than half of the world’s rainforests, and the largest river, by volume, in the entire world (bordered by Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela)
Halong Bay of Vietnam, with thousands of liimestone karts and isles in various shapes and sizes
Iguazu Falls, among the largest of the world’s watefalls, is bordered by Argentina and Brazil
Jeju Island, a dormant volcano and also the tallest mountain in Korea
Komodo National Park of Indonesia, home of the Komodo dragon
Table Mountain, a flat-topped mountain found in South Africa
Thank you to all who voted for the Puerto Princesa Underground River. Congratulations to all Palawenos, all Filipinos, for making it to the New 7 Wonders of Nature. If you took time and spent resources to vote and support the Philippines’ own, say your piece below.