Legarda and VP Binay Campaign to Make Vigan City One of the New7Wonders Cities

Manila, Philippines - Senator Loren Legarda and Vice President Jejomar Binay today urged Filipinos to keep voting for Vigan City, Ilocos Sur to make it one of the New7Wonders Cities of the world.

Vigan City One of the New7Wonders Cities

Legarda said that Vigan City deserves to be included in the New7Wonders Cities not only to bring honor to the country but also to set a good example to other cities on how history and culture can stand out amidst modernity.

"The carefully preserved centuries-old structures in the Historic City of Vigan bring people back in time, but the city's prosperity tells us that the citizens and the government of this UNESCO World Heritage Site have worked well and made good use of its autonomy," she said.

She added that Vigan is the only UNESCO heritage city in the Philippines and was awarded the Best Practice for World Heritage Site Management by UNESCO in November 2012.

Vigan Church

"The best practices that the people of Vigan have carried out to preserve history and promote culture while working towards sustainable development should be emulated and recognized. I call on Filipinos to support Vigan City's bid to be one of the New7Wonders Cities," Legarda stressed.

"Vigan reflects our country's rich culture and history. As Filipinos proud of our own heritage, let us help make Vigan our very own world wonder," VP Binay said.

Vigan City is among the 28 finalists and there are three qualifying phases that it must go through before being named one of the New7Wonders Cities.

For the first phase where the 28 cities will be trimmed down to 21, voting can be done until July 7, 2014. For the second phase, where there will remain only 14 cities, voting will be between July 7 and October 7, 2014. For the final phase where the New7Wonders Cities will emerge, voting will be from October 7 to December 7, 2014.

Voting can be done online through the website: www.new7wonders.com/en/cities or thru text voting. Just text VIGAN & send to 29290777,  P2.50/text.

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