Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday congratulated Vigan City for making it to the list of the New Seven Wonder Cities (N7WC) of the world.
Binay said, “Vigan’s selection as one of the New Seven Wonder (Cities) of the world certainly comes as good news.”
“Vigan serves as a perfect example of how preserving our culture and heritage can be harmonized with a local government’s sustainable development agenda, and it is my hope that other local governments will follow suit,” he added.
Vigan City, also known as the Heritage City, features a sprawling complex of old but well-preserved Spanish houses. It serves as the capital of Ilocos Sur, attracting thousands of tourists every year.
“I have always emphasized the value of ‘pride of place’ in inspiring citizens to work harder for the nation. I hope that this achievement generates meaningful discussions on the role of history and culture and how we can move forward by looking inward,” Binay said.
The local government off Vigan, during the voting period for the N7WC, launched various campaigns to encourage residents and tourists to vote for the city by texting their votes or casting them in the N7WC Foundation’s website.
Bernard Weber, the president of the N7WC Foundation, made the announcement of Vigan City’s inclusion in the N7WC list at 3 a.m. on Monday.
The other cities that made it to the N7WC list aside from Vigan City were Beirut, Lebanon; Doha, Qatar; Durban, South Africa; Havana, Cuba; Kuala Kumpur, Malaysia; and La Paz, Bolivia.
“Congratulations to the local government of Vigan and all its residents for its successful campaign, and thank you to all Filipinos who have supported this endeavor,” Binay said.