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3 cities vying for world’s top urban centers

/ 04:21 AM October 12, 2013

ECO-TOURISM PARK. Butch Guillen, owner of the Rainforest Park in Cebu, poses in front of the park’s signage. JAY ROMMEL LABRA/CDN FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Filipinos’ crowd voting prowess will again be tested in a new online search for the world’s top seven urban centers.

Cebu, Iloilo and Vigan made it to a list of 77 cities competing in the New7Wonders Foundation’s search for the world’s top seven urban centers.

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A year-long online voting process will whittle down the list to the top seven finalists by December next year.

Earlier, millions of Filipino netizens and texters put Puerto Princesa Underground River on the foundation’s final list of New7Wonders of Nature.

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The current New7Wonders Cities list was culled from an original roster of 1,200 nominees from 220 countries and territories, which was itself shortened to 300 qualifiers.

ALTHOUGH it hasn’t reached its full potential, Vigan is an excellent example of sustainable community-based cultural tourism. FILE PHOTO

According to the Switzerland-based foundation, a panel of experts will further shorten the list to 28 finalist-cities on

Oct. 21.

This announcement will kick off furious campaigns for votes to bring the number down to 21 cities next year on July 7; to 14 cities on Oct. 7; and finally to the final top seven list which will be announced on Dec. 7, 2014.

To vote for Cebu, Iloilo and Vigan, go to https://www.new7wonders.com/en/cities.

Bernard Weber, founder and president of the New7Wonders Foundation, noted in a statement that the majority of the world’s population now lives in cities.

“My hope is that the New7Wonders Cities campaign will generate debate about the challenges cities face … and how they are responding to them,” Weber said.

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New7Wonders Cities is the foundation’s third crowd-voting project following the search for the New7Wonders of the World (related to manmade sites) and the New7Wonders of Nature.

Voting is done primarily through a dedicated website and there is no word yet on whether, as in the Nature campaign, voting by phone calls or text messages would be accepted.

Cebu was an ancient city where explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521 found ship repair facilities and supplies. Vigan, another historic city dating back to the 16th century, was a trading port long before the Spaniards arrived. Iloilo, in the late 18th century, was considered the “Textile Capital of the Philippines,” exporting sinamay, piña and jusi cloth to other islands and countries.

TOPICS: Cebu, Filipinos, Iloilo, New7Wonders Foundation, online voting, Urban centers, Vigan
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