1. It is bitter sweet looking at these photos. I see there are people still fishing in the polluted river. I guess they have limited choices. The ‘River Of Our Dreams’ photo is loaded with meaning and irony. There is a river near where I live in England called the Tees which was heavily polluted with industrialisation. The fish and seals left. Now, with strict environmental controls on eflluent, and private companies and government working together, the seals are back and salmon are running the river again. I hope one day the story of the Pasig has a happy ending.

  2. Very nice images. The people along the Pasig River are anything but dead, but is the dead river slowly soaking the life out of them? Environmental Issues – identifying them and beginning to address them could improve everyone’s life in the Philippines particularly Manila. As a Westerner living in the Philippines I wish that someone could begin to eliminate “We’ve always done it this way.” That could go a long ways towards resurrecting the river and the lives of those that live along it. Greater opportunities for education and jobs would lead to economic improvement in their lives. I know it is a lot to wish for! But I do!

  3. great story and images. it’s such a shame that the government allows the continuation of decay and ruin without attempts to repair and resurrect; instead, private developers build pretty condos and erect massive billboards as if to hide (or distract from) the sight not to be seen. And the people along the Pasig will NEVER be able to live in those condos… I hope efforts to clean up the river get more traction, instead of putting more money into the pockets of those who are driven around in those tinted windowed luxury vehicles and who refuse to walk (without armed security guards) among the masses..
    Sorry for the rant, bro..

  4. brilliant photo essay! thank you for addressing this issue. i think we all need to be reminded of the story behind Pasig river–that its decay is really our doing–but I do believe that there’s still hope and the best time to take action is now. i actually would love to see the revival of the Ilog Pasig in my lifetime. i am so inspired by your photo essays. they’re like another powerful form of storytelling. i think im gonna do some when i get back to the Philippines

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