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    Manila: The People of Pasig River

    Taga-Ilog: people living on the river. Using the origin of the Tagalog ethnic group.

    Miguel Lopez de Legazpi must've seen villages like this in 1571:


    but now the area is inhabited by informal settlers (nationalistic?) living in squalor of Baseco Compound and Parola, usually a haven of some squalid people .



    ferry servicing crossings are plentiful like this one locals call tawiran in Punta, Sta. Ana, Manila


    it's also amusing to see boat people using watercrafts made of styropor



    to complete the picture, people still know how to have fun amidst grinding poverty. Take a refreshing dip in the polluted river.



    and who told you the once beautiful river is dead?

    Conclusion to follow: The Historic Bridges of Pasig

    Related Posts:

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

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 8:20 PM,

    16 Comments:

    At Feb 12, 2007, 9:02:00 PM, Blogger Kyels said...

    To me, whether it is polluted or not, it still is beautiful. After all, it's part of God's creation.

    (:

     
    At Feb 12, 2007, 9:53:00 PM, Anonymous cruise said...

    naalala ko tuloy nung bumibisita ako sa mga kaibigan ko sa pandacan, imbis na umikot ay tumatawid lang sa pamamagitan ng bangka, mabilis at sa mababang halaga lang. kaysa umikot time consuming at siyempre mas mahal.

     
    At Feb 13, 2007, 6:46:00 AM, Blogger Senor Enrique said...

    Sayang hindi natuloy ang Pasig River rehabilitation project. Sana naman may bagong administration na buhayin uli ang ilog na ito.

     
    At Feb 13, 2007, 9:03:00 AM, Blogger Senorito<- Ako said...

    Great blog ! I've added you to my list.

    You seem to like to tinker with things. :)

    Since your into DIY here's one
    http://abetterbouncecard.com/

     
    At Feb 13, 2007, 12:32:00 PM, Anonymous carla said...

    such shocking pictures. they show the stark reality of many people living in manila. =(

     
    At Feb 13, 2007, 5:39:00 PM, Anonymous rayts said...

    stark as it may seems, we Filipinos still manage to smile amidst this poverty...and you've captured it well in your last image. The Philippines has one of the countries with high happy index. isn't that great?

     
    At Feb 14, 2007, 5:15:00 PM, Blogger Sidney said...

    Very interesting series. Nice documentation.
    I always dreamed to do a cruise on the Pasig river. I might give it a try tomorrow with the new Pasig River Ferry.

     
    At Feb 15, 2007, 7:44:00 PM, Blogger racky said...

    nakaka-senti mga pics ...

    buhay na buhay ang mga waterlilies, may pag-asa pa ;)

     
    At Feb 15, 2007, 11:04:00 PM, Anonymous ghee said...

    Hello!napadpad dito dahil sa hanging nanggaling sa bahay ni Kneeko :)

    prof photographer ka?ang galing ng mga shots mo,kahit na depressive yung location,nagawa mong gawing artistic. :) gudluck!!Keep them coming!! :)

    ghee

     
    At Feb 16, 2007, 8:13:00 AM, Blogger the amateur misanthrope said...

    Rejoice, rejoice! Heard in the news the other night that a ferry system will finally operate on the Pasig River. It's supported by the MMDA and the Office of the President.

    Sana the commuting public will embrace it. I think it's a BIG step to cleaning Pasig River up. The more the public uses it, the less the public will desecrate it.

     
    At Feb 16, 2007, 3:02:00 PM, Anonymous rhodora said...

    I agree with Racky. May pag-asa pa.

     
    At Feb 16, 2007, 4:37:00 PM, Anonymous tutubi said...

    kyels,

    yes someday, pasig would be clean again. hopefully in our lifetime

    cruise,

    tama ka. they'd just "cruise" to the opposite bank than ride a roundabout jeep

    Eric,

    the river's rehabilitation may be slow, due to financial constraints but it's moving

    senorito ako,

    thanks for visiting. I do love to tinker with things. Already know that site you mentioned but I don't have a use for that one yet-- i don't have a flash. I only have a basic DSLR :(

    Carla and Rayts,

    yes. poor people that we are but always smiling. don't know why

    Sidney,

    I'm also waiting for the opening of the ferry system. will ride and tour again

    Racky and rhodora,

    there's always hope like what remained inside Pandora's box :)

    ghee,

    i'm no pro photographer :) thanks for the compliment

    the amateur misanthrope,

    yes. the system will open soon. I blogged about it last year

     
    At Feb 17, 2007, 2:33:00 AM, Anonymous kneeko said...

    whewww... sana nga malinis pa ang ilog...

     
    At Feb 18, 2007, 2:41:00 PM, Blogger paetechie said...

    kneeko,

    malilinis ang pasig if the city can have a modern sewerage system and the environmental laws enforced.

    i remember once there was a plan to inundate Laguna lake to hold water then use it to flush the Pasig river but didn't push through. much too unpopular and costly

     
    At Mar 7, 2007, 10:02:00 AM, Anonymous gracing said...

    Wow!! Sana nga malinis na at ma-ayos ang Pasig River. Lots of examples where rivers are the lifeblood of cities - London's Thames, Paris' Seine, Florence's Arno, the Danube that crosses a number of countries, even Melbourne (Australia) has the Yarra River!! I'd really like to see the Pasig be a focal point for tourists and residents alike, just like it was a long time ago. Great to see it being used for transport already. Kung malinis lang ang tubig at ang surroundings eh okay na!

     
    At Sep 11, 2007, 11:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    ahem.. punta sta. ana manila pu ung za banca.. inde brgy. poblacion makati.. ala lng..

     

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