Kagawaran ng Turismo

Press Release


PALAWAN is truly blessed with many natural wonders for all the world to see, said Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo as she welcomed yet another international recognition for the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.

"We welcome these citations for Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, which is just one of Palawan's stunning natural sceneries. We invite the world to see the other sights in the paradise that is Palawan," said Teo.

Teo noted that the province's newly-opened Puerto Princesa International Airport can now accommodate more visitors while road connections are being upgraded with the expanded 6-lane superhighway project spanning the entire length of Palawan island at 600 kilometers by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Hotels are also on the rise as investors discover the potential of the region.

Already listed among the UNESCO World Heritage sites, the underground river was ranked 30th among the "50 Works of Art" named by Bija Knowles, editor of Cable News Network (CNN) Travel site.

"Nominated as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River runs for 8.2 kilometers underground and boasts limestone karst formations, stalactites and stalagmites," said Knowles in her ultimate list of scenic splendor

In addition to the subterranean River, Teo noted Palawan has been adjudged as the "World's Best Island" consecutively for two years and by the Travel+Leisure magazine owing to its breath-taking attractions, such as Coron and El Nido island resorts.

CNN Travel is the travel vertical site of CNN, an American basic cable and satellite television news channel with its local version CNN Philippines.

Sec. Wanda Teo

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River ranked 30th in CNN Travel's Natural Wonders: The ultimate list of scenic splendor alongside the Pulpit Rock, Preikestolen in Norway, Gran Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, and Ngorogoro Crater in Tanzania


Sec. Wanda Teo


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