Vigan. Photo from New7Wonders website.
MANILA – The city of Vigan in Ilocos Sur is one of the finalists in the New7Wonders Cities campaign, which recognizes places that “best represent the achievements and aspirations of our global urban civilization.”
Vigan, a UNESCO World Heritage site that was dubbed as the “best preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia,” joins 27 other finalists in the New7Wonders Cities campaign.
It is the only Philippine city in the list.
The rest of the finalists are Athens, Greece; Bangkok, Thailand; Barcelona, Spain; Beirut, Lebanon; Casablanca, Morocco; Chicago, USA; Doha, Qatar; Durban, South Africa; Havana, Cuba; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; 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, Czech Republic; Quito, Ecuador; Reykjavik, Iceland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Seoul, South Korea; Shenzhen, China; and Vancouver, Canada.
On its website, New7Wonders said the 28 finalists were chosen by popular vote and advised by a panel of experts.
It added that the finalists will undergo three elimination phases determined by public voting, which will end on December 7, 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,” said New7Wonders founder Bernard Weber.
The Philippines’ Puerto Princesa Underground River was named among the New7Wonders of Nature in 2011, joining the Amazon Rainforest in South America, Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, Iguazu Falls in Argentina/Brazil, Jeju Island in South Korea, Komodo National Park in Indonesia, and Table Mountain in South Africa.