Senator Loren Legarda has commended the officials of Vigan City for a job well done after the city emerged as one of the New7Wonders Cities in the world.
“I am happy that Vigan made it to the New7Wonders Cities. I congratulate the city government of Vigan, led by Mayor Eva Singson Medina, for its efforts and intensive campaign to make this possible,” Legarda said.
Aside from Vigan, the other winning cities are Beirut in Lebanon, Doha in Qatar, Durban in South Africa, Havana in Cuba, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and La Paz in Bolivia.
“Through this achievement, the hard work of Vigan’s government and citizens to preserve their history and promote culture while working towards sustainable development will be highlighted and hopefully emulated,” Legarda, who actively campaigned for the city’s bid, said.
Legarda is hoping that Vigan’s achievement will inspire Filipino communities to also work toward making their towns, cities and municipalities into habitable heritage communities like Vigan.
“Vigan is an example of how communities should work to be aware of their heritage, which should be appreciated, preserved and properly utilized to achieve meaningful and sustainable progress,” Legarda said.
Vigan City is a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ) World Heritage Site and was also awarded the 2012 Best Practice for World Heritage Site Management by UNESCO.