VIGAN, ILOCOS SUR. Vigan, has just added another feather to its cap after being named as one of the 7 New Wonders Cities by the New7Wonders organization alongside Beirut, Lebanon; Doha, Qatar; Durban, South Africa; Havana, Cuba; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and La Paz, Bolivia.
Well-known for its cobblestone streets, and unique architecture that integrates Philippine, European, and Oriental building designs and construction, Vigan is one of the few Hispanic towns left in the Philippines and is also a World Heritage Site.
The campaign for New7Wonders Cities started in 2011 with more than 1,200 nominees from 220 different countries. In October last year, the selection of the 28 Official Finalist Candidates was done by the Panel of Experts.
One year later, in October this year, the Top 14 cities were announced: Barcelona (Spain), Beirut (Lebanon), Chicago (United States), Doha (Qatar), Durban (South Africa), Havana (Cuba), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), La Paz (Bolivia), London (United Kingdom), Mexico City (Mexico), Perth (Australia), Quito (Ecuador), Reykjavic (Iceland) and Vigan (Philippines).
The 7 winners that was announced via You Tube today,December 8 were determined through voting.
Bernard Weber, Founder-President of New7Wonders said on the official site, "We congratulate each of these cities on achieving their New7Wonders status, and we look forward to celebrating their selection to the "canon of 7" with their citizens in 2015," adding, "The New7Wonders Cities will now join the New7Wonders of Nature and the New7Wonders of the World in becoming part of Global Memory for humanity for ever."
The City of Vigan is a fourth class city in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. It is located on the western coast of the island of Luzon.
Source: World of New 7 Wonders, Wikipedia