The City of Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan, is a first class city in the Philippines. It is famous for its crocodile farm, Underground River and numerous dive spots. It is also the second largest city in the Philippines in terms of total land area.
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features a spectacular limestone karst landscape with its underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it flows directly into the sea, and the lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences. The area also represents a significant habitat for biodiversity conservation. The site contains a full mountain to the sea ecosystem and protects forests, which are among the most significant in Asia.
President Benigno Aquino III renewed his appeal to Filipinos to vote for the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan so that the country’s lone contender will clinch a spot in the search for the New Seven Wonders of Nature yesterday(June 6, 2011).
“Some 80 million Filipinos have cellular phones and some two billion text messages are sent every day. We only need a billion votes – that is just half a day of texting for all Filipinos who have cellular phones,” the President said.
From an initial list of 400 locations worldwide, the underground river made it to the top half of the 28 official finalist candidates. The 8.2 kilometer river, considered to be the longest navigable underground river in the world, has been declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1999.
The President also announced that direct flights from Shanghai to Puerto Princesa will start in July.
Alfred Yao, chief executive officer of low-cost carrier Zest Air, said the airline will fly three times a week from Shanghai to Puerto Princesa.