Three of four Philippine wonders now in top 5 in worldwide search for
â€˜7 Wonders of Natureâ€™
Not only in the Top Ten but in the Top Five â€" what with President
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo herself leading the charge to have the
countryâ€™s natural wonders get into the worldâ€™s list of modern-day
Wonders of Nature.
Yes â€" not one, not two, but three of the four Philippine entries are
now in the Top Five in the world-wide search for the modern-day Seven
Wonders of Nature.
As of today (June 11, Wednesay) Tubbataha Reef east of Palawan is now
Number 2 in the list, followed by the Chocolate Hills at Number 3;
while the Underground River in Palawan is at Number 5.
Tubbataha Reef, an atoll coral reef in the Sulu Sea east of Palawan,
is a marine sanctuary protected by the Philippine government as the
Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park.
The reef is composed of two atolls â€" the North and South Reefs which
each have a single small islet that protrudes from the water.
The atolls are separated by a deep channel eight kilometers wide.
Over 1,000 species, including many that are endangered, can be found
at the reef, including manta rays, lionfish, tortoises, clownfish and
sharks, according to the website literate on the well-known
The Chocolate Hills in the Visayan island of Bohol, on the other hand,
is an â€œunusual geological formationâ€¦ composed of around 1,268
perfectly cone-shaped hills of about the same size.â€
â€œSpread over an area of more than 50 square kilometers, the hills are
covered in green grass that turns brown during the dry season, giving
them the name â€˜Chocolate Hills,â€™â€ proclaims the New7Wonders site.
Meanwhile, Palawanâ€™s Underground River â€" also dubbed the Puerto
Princesa Subterranean River National Park -- features a limestone
karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 kilometer-long navigable
Located about 50 kilometers north of the city of Puerto Princesa in
Palawan, the river winds through a cave before flowing directly into
the South China Sea.
The underground river features amazing formations of stalactites and
stalagmites, and several large chambers, with the lower portion of the
river subject to tidal influences.
The website enthuses that â€œthe underground river is reputed to be the
world's longest. At the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by
ancient trees growing right to the water's edge. Monkeys, large
monitor lizards, and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the
In Number 9, or just two places short landing in the Magic 7 is
another Philippine wonder â€" the perfectly-shaped Mayon Volcano.
â€œMayon Volcano is an active volcano on the Filipino island of Luzon,
15 kilometers northwest of Legazpi City. It is classified by
volcanologists as a stratovolcano (composite volcano). Its symmetric
cone was formed through alternate pyroclastic and lava flows.
â€œMayon is the most active volcano in the country, having erupted over
47 times in the past 400 years, and is part of what is called the
Pacific Ring of Fire.â€
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