It was along the banks of the Pasig River that the first human settlements from which Manila evolved were established. Native ... More
It was along the banks of the Pasig River that the first human settlements from which Manila evolved were established. Native people of Manila are, in fact, called Tagalog, which literally means, 'people of the river.' For decades the Pasig River was neglected and used as a dumping site for garbage and industrial waste, but thanks to recent cleaning and rehabilitation efforts it is now possible to take a cruise down this historic river.
I went there to give the Pasig Ferry a try and I wasn't disappointed. Unlike the normal perception of the river's smell and appearance, I didn't encounter any dirty smell from the river. The restoration project of the president made Pasig a living river with actually fishes living in Pasig. Also, the Pasig Ferry Terminals have hi-tech facilities built on them. Riding the ferry from "PLAZA MEXICO" (Intramuros) station to the parts of Makati will remind you the Philippines' transition from the neo-classical architecture of Phil Postal Office to the high-rises of Rockwell. It was truly an amazing ride.
I hope that this is not considered a tourist attraction. It is one of the most polluted rivers in the world where everything is dumped into it. There have been some half hearted attempts to clean it, but to no avail. There are many other beautiful places to see in Manila and the Philippines having lived there for five years but the Pasig River is not one of them.
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