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VIGAN CITY, July 20 (PIA) - For a small city like Vigan with limited resources, one wonders how this heritage city was  inscribed in the World Heritage Sites.

But it proved to the world that the former Ciudad Fernandina founded during the Spanish has done a great job in conserving the legacy of the past through heritage conservation.

The World Heritage Center has awarded Vigan for “Best Practice in World Heritage Site Management” during the  World Heritage Convention held  in Kyoto, Japan in 2012.

Through the nomination of the Philippine United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Commission, Vigan’s heritage conservation program prevailed over 28 entries of  best conservation practices worldwide.

Today, Vigan, which maintained its uniqueness in history, is facing another challenge to be included in the  New 7 Wonders- Cities of the World. The only heritage city in the Philippines was nominated in this prestigious contest which started in 2012 with more than 1,200  entries from around 220 countries.

In the latest screening of nominees last July 7, Vigan landed on the top 21 list with Bangkok, Barcelona, Beirut, Chicago,, Doha, Durban, Havana, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, La Paz, London, Mendoza, Mexico City, Mumbai, Perth, Quito, Reykjavik, St. Petersburg, Seoul and Shenzhen. The magic 7 will be announced on December 7 this year.

More foreign investors  will  venture in tourism and heritage related economic enterprises in order tol attain an economic growth that provides productive employment and opportunities and reduces poverty in line with the UN’s “ Millennium Development Goals” (MDG’s).

The Office of the President has directed the National Historical Commission, Department of Interior and Local Governments (DILG), Department of Tourism  (DOT) and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)  to extend  their full support  for Vigan in this competition  which will boost the economy and  tourism industry.

As Mayor Eva Medina  stressed: “We can use the legacy from the past that is our treasure today to prepare a better tomorrow for future generations.”

Let’s protect and preserve our cultural legacy for future generations. A vote for Vigan is a vote for the Philippines. (MCA/BPP PIA1-Ilocos Sur)

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