Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Top 10 Update

As of June 18, below is a list of the Wonders included in the top 10 ranking.

(Update as of June 19)

1. Ha Long Bay - Vietnam -staying strong at number 1
2. Tubbataha Reef - Philippines - not far behind at number 2 (now at number 3)
3. Cox's Bazar Beach- Bangladesh - bounced back to regains the number 3 position (stolen the 2nd spot)
Chocolate Hills - Philippines -dethroned from the number 3 spot by Cox's Bazar
5. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park - Philippines - stagnant for the past few days at the 5th spot
6. Ganges River - Bangladesh/India - still at number 6
7. Mount Everest - Nepal -keeping its position at 7th rank
8. Amazon River, River/Forest - Bolivia/Brazil/Colombia/Ecuador/Peru/Venezuela -keeping its ground at the 8th position
9. Mayon Volcano- Philippines - after moving up a spot, stayed at number 9
10. Mount Fuji - Japan -holding on at number 10

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Chocolate Hills' U.S Based Support Group

Chocolate Hills' campain to the New 7 Wonders of the World gained additional support from a U.S based group. The main purpose of the group is to boost Chocolate Hills' chances of securing a spot in the top 21 list of Finalists.

The group also intends to help promote this wonder of nature to gain more attention and attraction. Hon. Manuel Molina, heads the group, who is also Mayor of Carmen, the place where Chocolate Hills is located. With him are as follows:

Bob Galang - coordinator and assistant head
Camilo Alfarero - logistics in-charge
Agnes Culpa Nazareno - secretary-treasurer
Sylvia Dagami Fortich - head communications
Lino Chatto Jr. - project manager
Peter Dejaresco - official media coordinator

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

New 7 Wonders - Top 10 Ranking Update

There have been changes in the ranking on all 77 nominees. Sswitches in rank is also noticeable in the current top 21.

Here's the list of the current top 21 nominees as of June 13, 2008.

Ha Long Bay - Vietnam
-retained its position at number 1.

Tubbataha Reef - Philippines
-retained its position at number 2.

Chocolate Hills - Philippines
-made its strides to the number 3 position, swapping with Cox's Bazar

Cox's Bazar Beach- Bangladesh
-dethrowned from the number 3 spot.

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park - Philippines
-move up a notch from the number 6 spot.

Ganges River - Bangladesh/India
- down one notch, swapping with Puertor Princesa Subterranean River National

Mount Everest - Nepal
-stayed in the 7th spot

Amazon River, River/Forest - Bolivia/Brazil/Colombia/Ecuador/Peru/Venezuela
-keeping the 8th position

Mayon Volcano- Philippines
-move up one rank to swap with Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji - Japan
-lay lowed from the number 9 spot

Completing the top 21:

Cocos Island - Costa Rica
Ein Gedi Oasis - Israel
13. Pinnacles Desert - Australia (update: now in rank 14)
Fernando de Noronha, Archipelago - Brazil (update: now in rank 15)
Komodo National Park - Indonesia (update: now in rank 13)
Colca Canyon - Peru (update: now in rank 16)
Coatepeque Lake, Crater Lake - El Salvador (update: now in rank 17)
Grand Canyon - United States (update: now in rank 18)
Niagara Falls - Canada/United States
Great Barrier Reef - Australia
21. Big Sur Beach - United States

For the complete list of the 77 nominees and their respective ranking, head to

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Mt. Mayon

Mt. Mayon (Albay, Philippines) - Rank 09 as of June 13, 2008
Mayon Volcano, also famous as "Perfect Cone" due to its almost perfectly cone shaped figure, is an active composite volcation which is located about 15 kilometers of Legaspi City, in the province of Albay.

The volcano got its name after a maiden, "Mangayon" which means beautiful. This main landmark of the province of Albay stands 2462 meters high from the Albay Gulf. The upper slopes of the volcano are steep averaging 35-40 degrees and are capped by a small summit crater. On its sides, layers of lava and other volcanic material are found.Alternate pyroclastic and lava flows brought about the formation of its symmetric cone. Mt. Mayon is part of the "Pacific Ring of Fire", just like other volcanoes located around the rim of the Pacific Ocean.

With about 47 times eruptions in the past 400 years, it is the most active volcano in the country. The first recorded eruption was in 1616, and the latest was a quiet eruption on 2006. The eruption on February 1, 1814 is considered the most destructive where the volcano was belching dark ash. The town of Cagsawa got buried when the volcano bombarded the town with tephra. The result, only the bell tower of the town's church remained above the new surface. This also resulted to burnt trees and damaged rivers. Ashes spitted by the volcano which accumulated to about 9 meters in depth, also affected proximate areas and resulted to a number of 2,200 perished Albay natives. Lasting seven days of raining fire, the longer eruption recorded on June 23, 1897 .

Despite all these discouraging facts, the volcano is still regarded as an ideal destination for an ultimate climbing. On July 20, 1938, it was proclaimed a National Park by President Manuel L. Quezon. The area is abundant with varieties of rare and endangered flora. Among them are the Nepenthes rajali, commonly known as pitcher plant, and Cyatheaceae spp or tree ferns which were listed in the Convention of International Trade of Endangered Specied (CITES).

While many aspires to reach its summit, PHILVOCS (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology) advises visitors who have come only for sightseeing to stay at the viewpoint located at the mid part of the volcano. For more adventurous and dedicated climbers, make sure to consult with PHILVOCS for the precise volcanic activity. Accompanied by an experienced guide is also recommended. It would take about 2 days to get to the top and go back down the volcano. Those who love to get a great picture of Mt. Mayon, and enjoy the relaxing and refreshing warmth of hot spring baths can head to the town of Tiwi. Other activities visitors can indulge in includes bird watching and camping. A visit to Albay's ancient churches, caves Camalig, and beaches within the area are other points of interest.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, Waterfall (ZAMBIA/ ZIMBABWE) - Rank 35 as of June 13, 2008
The Victoria Falls also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya (name used by local people) is a waterfall situated in southern Africa between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is one of the major tourist attractions in Africa, and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. By some measures, the falls are considered the largest waterfall in the world. The claim is not based on it being the highest or widest, rather, it is due to it being 1.7 kilometers wide, and 108 meters high, which forms the largest sheet of falling water in the world.

Shared by Zimbabwe and Zambia, both countries have a national park to protect the falls with their respective tourism centers: Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and Livingstone in Zambia, and Victoria Falls National Park and the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

With the unusual form of Victoria Falls allows a face-on view of virtually its whole width, at the same level as the top, from as close as 60 metres, due to the whole Zambezi River dropping into a deep, narrow slotlike chasm, connected to a long series of gorges.

When the full width of the river plummets in a single vertical drop into a chasm that is 60–120 metres (200–400 ft) wide, results in the formation of the falls. First Gorge which is the depth of the chasm, varies from 80 meters at its western end to 108 meters in the center.

Two large islands, Boaruka Island (or Cataract Island) near the western bank, and Livingstone Island near the middle, located on the crest of the falls divide the curtain of water.

During the dry season, the number of islets on the crest increases, and also becomes wide. During the month of September to January, up to half of the rocky face of the falls may become dry, and the bottom of the First Gorge can be seen along most of its length. This makes it possible to walk across some stretches of the river at the crest, though this is not necessarily a safe thing to do. It is also possible to walk to the bottom of the First Gorge at the Zimbabwean side.

Visitors can do a number of activities, one of which, the 'Flight of Angels' which provides a fabulous vista of the falls, the upstream river and its many islands. Microlighting which provides stunning views of the Fall will be enjoyed by more adventurous people. One of the very popular adventures is rafting the wild rapids below the Falls. Visitors can also go kayaking, Canoeing and fishing. Land based activities includes a guided safari walk, horseback riding, and a lunch on Livingstone's Island, an energy regaining activity.


- Located in Livingstone, Zambia and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
- Standing 108 meters in height
- Flowing an at average rate of 1088 cubic meters/second

Principal Gorges:
- First Gorge: where river falls into at Victoria Falls
- Second Gorge: (spanned by the Victoria Falls Bridge), 250 m south of falls, 2.15 km long
- Third Gorge: 600 m south, 1.95 km long
- Fourth Gorge: 1.15 km south, 2.25 km long
- Fifth Gorge: 2.55 km south, 3.2 km long
- Songwe Gorge: 5.3 km south, 3.3 km long, (named after the small Songwe River coming from the north-east)
- Batoka Gorge: about120 kilometres long, it is the gorge below the Songwe (Batoka is also used as an umbrella name for all the gorges).

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