In November 2011, New7Wonders launched its third global voting campaign for the New7Wonders Cities. The campaign follows the successful search for the New7 Man-Made Wonders of the World and the New7Wonders of Nature.
The participating cities were announced last January 1, 2012, after nominations were submitted online at http://cities.n7w.com. The organizers accepted nominations for favorite cities all around the world until December 31, 2011. Fortunately for us Cebuanos, Cebu City was accepted among the cities eligible to become one of the seven Wonder Cities.
To quote, Mr. Bernard Weber, the New7Wonders’ Founder and President, says:
“The world is currently experiencing a mass urbanization. For the first time in history, a majority of the global population now lives in cities. From the great historical cities of Jerusalem, Venice and Kyoto, to the alpha world cities of London, Paris, New York, Mumbai and Shanghai, urban living has enriched human society. Meanwhile, many newer metropolitan areas, from Dubai to Seoul to Cape Town to Sao Paulo, have become magnets for millions of people looking to make their fortunes, and megacities that most of the world is not even aware of are sprouting across Asia and Africa.
Given these dramatic developments, New7Wonders Cities will become a catalyst for discussing everything from urban planning to metropolitan governance, from tourism to architecture. This campaign is going to be very much in touch with the Zeitgeist and I am very excited about its potential to generate energy and ideas.”
Cebu City, which is dubbed as the “Queen City of the South,” is the capital city of the province of Cebu. Located on the eastern shore of the province, it is famous for being the first settlement established by the Spaniards in the country. Geographically, it is the second largest city in the Philippines.
Cebu City also happens to be the second major urban hub in the country. It is the main domestic shipping port in the Philippines and approximately 80% of our domestic shipping companies are headquartered in Cebu. With the large volume of international flights coming in to Cebu, it’s no wonder why it is considered a significant player in the areas of commerce, trade and industry, specifically in the regions of Visayas and Mindanao.
In a 2009 census by the Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS), the city population was estimated at 822,628. It owned a total land area of 33,189 hectares, housing 80 barangays and approximately 161,591 households.
Following the inauguration of the Philippine Assembly in 1907, Cebu was among the first municipal governments established. Vicente Rama, then a member of the National Assembly, proposed legislation creating the City of Cebu. On October 20, 1934, Commonwealth Act No. 58, or the law granting the Charter of the City of Cebu, was approved.
The City of Cebu was inaugurated on February 24, 1937, in front of the City Hall. Hon. Alfredo V. Jacinto, who was previously Provincial Treasurer of Cebu, took oath as first City Mayor of Cebu. Hon. Arsenio Villanueva was appointed Vice Mayor of the City of Cebu by virtue of the provisions of R.A. No. 244 in 1948.
Republic Act No. 1243, which was approved in June 1955, provided significant amendments to Commonwealth Act No. 58. The revisions paved the way for the first election on November 8, 1955. Based on the results of Cebu City’s first general election, Hon. Sergio Osmeña, Jr. was declared Mayor and Hon. Ramon Duterte was sworn into office as the first duly elected Vice Mayor.
Republic Act No. 3857, also known as the Revised Charter of the City of Cebu, was approved in 1964.
The Sinulog Festival has been a significant influence in the growing popularity of Cebu City. It is considered one of the biggest and most popular festivals in the Philippines. Cebuanos celebrate the feast of the Sinulog every third Sunday of January, in honor of the Señor Sto. Niño. Among the highlights of the festivities are the Grand Mardi Gras, the Solemn Procession, the Fluvial Parade, and the Fireworks.
Over the years, Cebu City has grown to become one of the prime destinations in the world. Not only is Cebu a top choice for vacation destinations, Cebu City also ranked first on the Top 50 Emerging Global Outsourcing Destinations survey conducted by Global Services-Tholons in 2009.
Indeed, Cebu City is a wonder not only Cebuanos but all Filipinos will be proud of.
To vote, visit http://www.n7w.com/cities/en and proceed to the Regions section. Select South East Asia & Oceania and then select Cebu City. Let’s make our city number one, vote now. You can also help increase awareness by sharing this campaign before the Qualification phase ends on November 23, 2012. The Official New7Wonders Cities will be revealed on December 7, 2013.
For more information on the New7Wonders, you can check out their Web site (http://www.new7wonders.com), follow their Twitter account (http://twitter.com/New7Wonders), like their Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/New7WondersofNature), or stay tuned for updates on their News Room (http://news.n7w.com). You can also like the official Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/7WondersCitiesCebuCity) and their official Twitter account (http://twitter.com/CebuCityN7W) for Cebu City’s nomination to the New7Wonders. You can also send them a message at their e-mail address, [email protected]