With his smartphone in hand, President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines leads the ceremonial text voting during this week’s Official Proclamation Launch of the Puerto Princesa Underground River as Finalist in the New7Wonders of Nature at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall, Malacañang.
Pictured alongside the President are Italian Ambassador Luca Formari, Department of Trade Secretary Alberto Romulo, Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn and Bernard Weber, Founder and President of New7Wonders.
“In the Philippines, we have no less than 80 million cellphone users, sending nearly two billion text messages every day,” President Aquino said. “All we need is one billion votes, so that is half a day. A large number of us also have access to the Internet. So I urge everyone to take part in this democracy-in-action on behalf of our own environment. By voting online at www.new7wonders.com, or simpler by texting PPUR to 2861, we can help the Puerto Princesa Underground River, as well as the entire Philippines, garner a distinct spot on the international tourist map.”