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« on: January 29, 2008, 07:51:14 PM »

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The 96,000- hectare Tubbataha Reef, Asia's best marine park, has been nominated as one of the seven new Wonders of the World.

Tubbataha, a reef ecosystem in the middle of the Sulu Sea, along with around a hundred other natural attractions across the continents have been selected and officially recognized last July 2007.

Alex Marcaida, an environmental advocate here, urged Filipinos to vote and give chances for Tubbaataha to make it to the top 21 finalist in the prestigious search for new world wonders.

He said Tubbataha's "underwater world of wonders" is one of best few places on earth and it's worth voting for.

Seven nominees like Chichen Itza of Mexico, Christ Redeemer of Brazil, Colosseum of Italy, Taj Mahal of India, Great Wall of China, Petra of Jordan and Machu Picchue of Peru already garnered one million votes to represent global heritage throughout history.

Tubbataha declared as World Heritage Site by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1993 and it has consistently generated P4 million pesos from dive tourism from January to December this year.

The reef, located some 182 kilometers (113 miles) southeast from this city, is home to 10, 000 coral reefs, 483 species of fish, two nesting species of marine turtles, nine species of marine mammals.

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 The reef's islets are among the last breeding strongholds of seabirds in Southeast Asia.

Angelique Songco, park manager, said tourism income will be used for conservation, research and monioring and other park-related management job which pegged at P10 million annually.

Personnel of Philippine Navy, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and other uniformed men in Western Command have also contributed to the conservation of Tubbataha through manpower and logistics support.

Tubbataha is reportedly contributed ecological value of P840 million every year in the country's economy in terms of fisheries and tourism.


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