WHAT do Beirut, Kuala Lumpur and La Paz have in common?
They are among the winners of a new global campaign to find the seven most incredible cities in the world.
The New7Wonders Cities was created by Swiss-born filmmaker and explorer Bernard Weber, who has been on the hunt for the best new spots across the globe for years.
More than 100 million votes flooded in back in 2007 when he asked the world which seven wonders were the greatest. The Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China were among the winners.
Then, in 2011, he did it all again, this time searching for natural wonders. Winners included Jeju Island in South Korea and the Amazon.
The latest list may be surprising to many, but Weber says it showcases the diversity of the planet.
“We began with more than 1200 nominees from 220 different countries and here have seven cities that represent the global diversity of urban society,” Mr Weber said. “For the first time in human history, more than half of our planet’s population lives in cities and this election emphasises the dramatically challenging character of our changing world.”
Lets face it Baguio City has always been a favorite place to visit in the Philippines, the locals always find refuge in this charming and serene city above the mountain for at least a break in the hot weather in the lowland. Even foreign tourist is now lured to see and stay in Baguio.
I revisited Baguio City again and in spite of being populated now, it still holds the charm that made this city enticing to visit. There are more great restaurants and lively bars sprouting here and there. I must say Baguio is always worth visiting.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) is in the forefront in campaigning for the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) as the Philippines’ bet to the New 7 Wonders of Nature (N7WN).
In the next months, the DOT will conduct familiarization trips for the media and produce an episode in a travel program on TV to encourage media partners and friends, as well as Filipinos from all over the world to spread the word about the campaign. It is hoped that through various advertisements, forum, and voting stations, the PPUR’s bid to be in the N7WN will be strengthened.
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