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    Manila: Pasig River Cruise with Ambeth Ocampo

    "Manila took a long time to make. What is now its ground used to be sea. The sea reached as far as the present towns of Mandaluyong (‘a place of waves’) and Makati (‘a place of tides’). No one knows how long it took to turn sea into land. But we do know who built a site for Manila. The builder was the Pasig River."

    Such were the words National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin wrote in his book Manila, My Manila.

    It was, and is, the Pasig river who built, and continuously building, Manila. Technically a tidal estuary, the direction of flow is determined by the water level difference between Laguna de Bay and Manila bay.

    I happened to read a posting in one of my yahoogroups I'm lurking in about the Ayala Museum-Pasig River Rehabilitation Council sponsored Historic Tour of the Pasig River as part of their Ode to the Pasig River painting exhibit at the Ayala Museum I blogged about here plus the post about the upcoming Pasig River Ferry system Pasig River Ferry terminals and schedules.

    Sensing the urgency and limited slots available for the tour, I made a quick call to the posted number and reserved me a seat and paid promptly since Ayala Museum is very near my place.

    On the day of the cruise, the organizers and participants met up at the Ayala Museum then boarded vans that took us to Isla de Convalencia occupied by Hospicio de San Jose where a ferry is waiting for us to cruise the historic river who built Manila.

    ambeth ocampoThe Tour, with about 20 people, including media people and a Coast guard personnel, was enlivened by Prof. Ambeth Ocampo, the current chair of the National Historical Commission, with his authoritative information spiced up with historical gossips and trivia.

    We set sail westward heading towards the mouth of the once beautiful river passing Ayala Bridge, Quiapo, Arroceros Park, Quezon Bridge, Sta Cruz, Intramuros, MacArthur bridge, Binondo, Parola and Baseco before turning around going the opposite direction retracing the water to Isla de Convalencia, our "anchorage", passing through the once millionaire's district of San Miguel, the regal Goldenberg Mansion and picture-perfect yet picture-censored Malacanang Palace, Mabini Shrine, Nagtahan bridge (where our Coast Guard escort left us), Pandacan, Sta Ana, Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasig and Marikina before turning around again to Guadalupe where waiting vans took us to see the exhibits of paintings and artists’ rendition of their dreams for the beauty that was Pasig
    Join me as I take you with me in my tour of the once pristine river

    fort santiago
    the Baluarte de Santa Barbara, named after the patron saint of artillery men. Storage cells and powder magazine used as dungeons. Ambeth narrated prisoners often drowned when the tides are high

    manila post office building
    the post office building: a Juan Arellano masterpiece along with the nearby Jones Bridge, Metropolitan Theater and Executive house (now the National Museum)

    closer view of the river-facing facade (alright I cheated here. I replaced the grey sky with blue one)

    To be continued...

    Related Posts:

    Pasig River Lighthouse,
    Pasig River Structures,
    People of Pasig,
    Bridges of Pasig River.

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:02 PM,


    At Jan 30, 2007, 7:50:00 PM, Anonymous kyels said...

    I was in Manila and managed to see Pasig River ... Damn, I seriously am missing Pinas.

    Nice pictures!


    At Jan 31, 2007, 10:45:00 AM, Blogger R. O. said...

    t2b, you ddnt txt me about this! i would've loved to join this one, barring acts of God :(

    At Jan 31, 2007, 9:37:00 PM, Blogger Senor Enrique said...

    Wonderful! Can't wait for the next installment.

    Wish I had known about this.

    At Feb 1, 2007, 5:20:00 AM, Anonymous carlotta said...

    how much is the tour and until when would it be?

    great pics by the way. =)

    At Feb 3, 2007, 11:22:00 AM, Anonymous niceheart said...

    I've lived in both Pandacan and Pasig for quite a while but I've never really learned about the history of the Pasig river.

    At Feb 3, 2007, 11:39:00 AM, Anonymous Ferdz said...

    This is a really interesting tour. Sana ma develop nila, mas maganda pa to kesa sa river cruise dun sa Singapore eh.

    At Feb 17, 2007, 9:07:00 AM, Blogger Jay Jay said...

    cool! ambeth ocampo was my history teacher back in college! :)

    At Feb 19, 2007, 6:28:00 PM, Blogger carlosceldran said...

    Great Post. Great great post. The Pasig Ferry Service is back again and it's aircon.

    At Feb 20, 2007, 8:26:00 PM, Anonymous ate wena said...

    hi t2b. it was indeed a nice job you've done here. how i wish nakasama ako sa adventure mo dito... ganda talaga ng pinas no? na-appreciate ko to.. :) Thanks also sa organizer ng "buhaying ang ilog pasig" sana lahat tayo, will be able to contribute para sa kalinisan (ea. maliit na busara ibulsa muna)

    beautiful pictures too!


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