PROMOTING VIGAN AS ONE OF THE NEW SEVEN WONDER CITIES OF THE WORLD

The heritage city of Vigan has been shortlisted and is the lone candidate from the Philippines vying for the spot in the New Seven Wonder Cities of the World List.

Rome, May 27, 2014 – The names of the finalists of the New7Wonders Cities campaign have been officially announced by Bernard Weber, Founder-President of New7Wonders.

There are a total of 28 cities contending for the seven slots.The New7Wonders Cities Panel of Experts selected the 28 Finalists namely (in alphabetical order) Athens, Greece; Bangkok, Thailand; Barcelona, Spain; Beirut, Lebanon; Casablanca, Morocco; Chicago, USA; Doha, Qatar; Durban, South Africa; Havana, Cuba; Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam; Istanbul, Turkey; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Kyoto, Japan; La Paz, Bolivia; London, United Kingdom; Mendoza, Argentina; Mexico City, Mexico; Mumbai, India; Perth, Australia; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Prague, the Czech Republic; Quito, Ecuador; Reykjavik, Iceland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Seoul, South Korea; Shenzhen, China; Vancouver, Canada, and Vigan, the Philippines.

Vigan is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site. It is one of the few Hispanic towns and is best known for its well-preserved colonial architecture.

The presentation of the shortlist marks the launch of the Finalist stage of the global election, which will now run across three elimination phases and end on 7 December 2014.

 “This outstanding shortlist of 28 cities mirrors the diversity of urban society, especially when, for the first time in history, more than half of our planet’s population lives in cities. Going forward, the New7Wonders Cities campaign will encourage debate about how cities should respond to the challenges of the present and the future. By voting in this worldwide campaign, people everywhere can decide the 7 cities that best represent the achievements and aspirations of our global urban civilization”, Bernard Weber said.

Every Filipino is encouraged to vote online and visit:  www.new7wonders.com/en/cities

Additional information regarding the mechanics for the online voting, as well as a brief profile of the countries nominated, panelist and the organization is available in the website.

In 2011, Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan was voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature out of 28 finalists. We request your support in voting for Vigan to be one of the New Seven Wonder Cities of the world.