New 7 Wonders of Nature (Puerto Princesa Subterranean River)

A message from the Mayor of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan…

Dear Friends,

I write to seek your help.

Last year, a search for the 7 New Wonders of Nature was launched. As expected, hundreds of nominations from all over the world were submitted including the world famous Tubbataha reef of the province of Palawan. It has now occupied the # 9 position out of the top 77
entries . Pls visit

Last month, one of our avid supporters nominated Puerto Princesa City’s Underground River to the contest. The nomination was accepted only yesterday. Although others think it is too late to join the search, I personally believe we can still make it since the deadline for nomination will still be in december this year. Besides, I really feel that this Underground River, which by the way has been declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site, is truly a wonder of nature. And to fully appreciate it, please visit the special website dedicated solely for the Underground River at

I know I can count on you my friends. Thank you in advance!

Edward Hagedorn was born on October 12, 1946 in Paranaque, Rizal. His parents were Mr. Alexander Hagedorn and the former Miss Gliceria Solon. He is married to Ma. Elena Marcelo, and blessed with two children Eva Christie and Elroy John. He studied in San Sebastian College-Recoletos and University of the East in Manila. He was elected mayor of Puerto Princesa City in 1992. And at the same time served as Representative of League of Cities of the Philippines, Region IV; Member of National Executive Board of Boy Scout of the Philippines; and Assemblyman of Southern Philippines Council for Peace and Development. With the overwhelming support of the people of Puerto Princesa, he transformed the city as a major eco-tourism destination and model in environment protection. It became a Hall of Fame Awardee for being the cleanest and greenest component city in the Philippines. And has been generously given national and international awards and recognition for various innovative programs and projects – a proof of seriousness of purpose and magnitude of success. Right now, the City Government of Puerto Princesa is busy executing economic development programs…And the man leading its direction is Mayor Edward Solon Hagedorn.....