December 9, 2014
Vigan City, Ilocos Sur –Vigan, also known as the Heritage City, was declared one of the New Seven Wonder Cities (N7WC) of the world yesterday morning. The announcement was met with cheers from government officials, residents and tourists who set a vigil Sunday night in front of the Vigan City hall to wait for the declaration.
The announcement via electronic media was made at 3 a.m., Monday, by Bernard Weber, the president of the N7WC Foundation. The other cities declared in the N7WC were Beirut, Lebanon; Doha, Qatar; Durban, South Africa; Havana, Cuba; Kuala Kumpur, Malaysia; and La Paz, Bolivia.
Mayor Medina along with Governor Ryan Luis Singson and former Governor Luis Chavit Singson led the vigil night.
The New 7 Wonders Cities Foundation is the same institution that named the underground river in Puerto Princesa City as one of the New7Wonders of Nature.
Mayor Medina, who was happy for the honor, said: Fifteen years after Vigan was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in December 1999, now the city has been declared as new wonder city of the world. On the feast of the Immaculate Concepcion of Mother Mary, we have been blessed with another distinct title.
The lady mayor expressed gratitude to all the people all over the world who supported Vigan for the the N7WC. “This is inspiring; it is a tribute to a people who has committed to achieve development and make wonderful things in their lives and in their community even radiating beyond boundaries,” she said.
“We thank God for giving Vigan and the entire Philippines this global recognition,” she added.
According to Medina, the inauguration for the title is set on May 2015 during the Viva Vigan Festival of the Arts.
We congratulate each of these cities for achieving their New7Wonders status, and we look forward to celebrating their election to the canon of 7 with their citizens in 2015, Weber said.
New7Wonders Cities campaign began in 2011 with more than 1,200 nominees from 220 different countries. It was later narrowed down to 21 nominees, and later 14 finalists, until the seven cities were declared winners.
Voting could be done in three ways, online by logging on to the New7Wonders website, through SMS, and by voting via phone call.
The Department of Tourism (DOT), which earlier assured full support for the global campaign and encouraged Filipinos all over the world, welcomed the inclusion of Vigan as a New7Wonders City.
We join the entire nation in celebrating the naming of Vigan as one of the New 7 Wonders Cities of the World, DOT Undersecretary for Tourism Development Benito Bengzon Jr. said in a text message to the Philippines News Agency.
The inclusion of Vigan is a testament to its rich history and cultural heritage and strong economic and tourism potential, Bengzon added.
At present, DOT is sticking to its target of 6.8 million international tourists by year-end and 10-million international tourists by 2016. (With a report from PNA)