March 22, 2014

Afloat

clean Pasig River "We must begin thinking like a river if we are to leave a legacy of beauty and life for future generations."
~David Brower, environmentalist

After fifteen years, the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission is finally beginning to justify its existence. We walked by this clean estero (which means estuary but has come to be used for all creeks connected to the river) in the district of San Miguel in the City of Manila. If I wasn't with a group hurrying to a particular destination, I would have liked to take a walk on that neat floating sidewalk.

The Pasig River stretches for 25 kilometers through Metro Manila, and its banks are lined with the shanties of informal settlers and factories with poor waste disposal practices. Its rehabilitation will take a long time, but this idyllic scene in the middle of the teeming city gives me hope that we might actually be able to do it.

10 comments:

William Kendall said...

At the very least, this is a good start to what will take time.

This sretch of water looks quite peaceful.

Karl Demetz said...

What a fine composition, Hilda!

Dina said...

So it actually floats on the water?? That must be fun to walk.

Birdman said...

I LOVE this photograph.

Lowell said...

This piece of the river certainly looks well-tended. Hopefully, that will be extended through the whole city.

You composed this so well - that sidewalk leading the eye off into the unknown. And I love the muted colors!

Judy said...

This is so unusual! It looks like a nice place for a peaceful stroll.

VP said...

Love the place and your nice composition. My best wishes for the future health of this river...

Lois said...

What a pretty picture Hilda. I've never seen a floating sidewalk before!

andre calizo said...

hi. Where exactly is this? Salamat!

Hilda said...

Hi, Andre. I'm not exactly sure, but it's along the route from Mendiola to San Sebastian Church. I'm afraid I'm not familiar with the streets of San Miguel.