Thursday, May 29, 2008

Featuring "the fiery and beautiful" Mayon Volcano of the Philippines

class="extiw" title="en:Pyroclastic_flows" href="">Pyroclastic flows at Mayon Volcano, Philippines, 1984.Pyroclastic flows descend the south-eastern flank of Mayon Volcano, Philippines. Maximum height of the eruption column was 15 km above sea level, and volcanic ash fell within about 50 km toward the west. There were no casualties from the 1984 eruption because more than 73,000 people evacuated the danger zones as recommended by scientists of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.
(Photo and text courtesy of author, C.G. Newhall, Wikimedia Commons; Photo courtesy of the US Geological Survey (USGS)
href="">Mayon Volcano, the "perfect cone." is an active stratovolcano in the Philippines' province of Albay, the Bicol Region (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Four wonders from the Philippines are ranked among the top 77 official nominees to the New 7Wonder of Nature . The top 21 candidates will be announced in January 2009. The next stage is the final selection of the new 7 Wonders of Nature from the 21 finalist candidates. The magic 7 will be officially declared in the summer of 2010.

Live ranking update as of 28th May 2008:

Location- Philippines

1. Tubbataha Reef, ranked 4

2. Chocolate Hills, ranked 5

3. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River Nat'l. Park, ranked 9

4. Mayon Volcano, ranked 11

Calling fellow countrymen to access the website 7Wonder of Nature and cast your vote.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

UN's Human Rights Campaign Theme- "Dignity and justice for all of us"

As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) celebrates its 60th year of existence, this writer would like to invite fellow bloggers and all readers of this blog to participate and promote the UN's Human Rights Campaign thru their website KnowYourRights2008 . You will find in this website an attractive logo for your webpage and various screensavers, wallpapers, cartoons and other goodies to decorate your desktop.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

In the spotlight - CHOCOLATE HILLS, “a scene of unusual beauty”

Picture above is the "Chocolate Hills," famous tourist attraction located in Bohol, Philippines.

Today, "Chocolate Hills" is in the spotlight as its rank climbed to 9th spot among the top 71 list of the New 7Wonders of Nature.

The "Chocolate Hills, " an unusual geological formation in Bohol, Philippines, is composed of around 1,268 perfectly cone-shaped hills or mounds of about the same size. It covers an area of more than 50 square kilometers comprising the towns of Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan. The hills are covered in green grass that turns chocolate brown during the dry season, hence the name, "Chocolate Hills." On June 18, 1988, it has been declared as the Philippine's 3rd National Geological Monument and also being nominated for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Two other Philippine nature wonders already in the roster of UNESCO World Heritage List are also among the top 71. Tubbataha Reef ranked 8th and Puerto Princesa's Subterranean River National Park, ranked 18th. These are the Philippines' big 3 vying for the top 7 New Wonders of Nature. The final results will be officially declared in the summer of 2010.

The New 7Wonders Foundation of Switzerland is behind the project for the new 7 Wonders of Nature. The foundation which has its motto: "Our Heritage Is Our Future," is calling all citizens of the world to support the project, according to its website.

Meanwhile, in the Philippines, the Department of Tourism has urged and encourage all Filipinos to participate in this survey and promote the tourism industry of the country.
Chocolate Hills photo credit: Steve