In an official proclamation event at the Presidential Palace in Manila in early June, the President of the Philippines, Beningo S. Aquino III, announced that the New7Wonders campaign to vote for the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) is to be championed by all government departments across the country.
The official finalist certificate for PPUR was presented to President Aquino by Bernard Weber, president and founder of New7Wonders, in front of an audience of government ministers, ambassadors, national public and private sector leaders, and all major Filipino media. The presentation was witnessed by the Mayor of Puerto Princesa Edward Hagedorn, head of the Official Supporting Committee, and by Jean-Paul de la Fuente, director of New7Wonders.
President Aquino delivered a speech during which he said “I urge everyone to take part in this democracy-in-action on behalf of our own environment. Voting will take mere seconds but the benefit to our people will last a lifetime,” emphasizing the importance of supporting PPUR in the contest.
He then voted online at the newly redesigned New7Wonders Web site, and said, “It is really up to us to vote through text and via the Internet so that we can place the Puerto Princesa Underground River in its rightful throne — among the new seven wonders of nature.” Finally, the president then rallied a mass SMS vote amongst the over 400 invitees, saying, “In the Philippines we send two billion text messages a day, all we need is one billion text votes for the PPUR and we can accomplish that in half a day!”
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