Pasig River is the story of Filipino people.
It is often said that in order for a society to effectively progress into the future, they must never forget to look back and constantly remember and learn from the things that happened in the past.
Last June 8, 4 days befoe the Philippines commemorate 118th year of Independence, The Philippine Information Agency – National Capital Region (PIA-NCR), in coopertaion with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) conducted a river tour that combined history and rehabilitation advocacy regarding the river that once gave life to what is now known as the Philippines’ capital.
Balik Tanaw 2016: A Pasig River Tour and Cultural Heritage Experience was organized to awaken public’s interest on the rich history of ‘Ilog Pasig’. It also aims to generate support from both the public and local authorities in rehabilitation efforts to bring back the long lost glory of Pasig River.
The tour was conducted early in the morning that started in Guadalupe Ferry Station and ended at Escolta Ferry Station before lunch time.
Along the way, historians from NHCP provided snippets of information about Pasig River as well as historical sites along the river. Spoken Word Manila and a rendition of ‘kundiman’ songs were also present to give highlight of the importance of Pasig River and why we should take car of it and rehabilitate the river before it’s too late.
Regular ferry ride from Guadalupe Ferry Station is P30.
Pasig River is the first settlement for ‘Tagalog’ inhabitants or dwellers in the early years, and the word ‘tagalog’ was derived from ‘taga-ilog’ who were the settlers along the river. Pasig River is considered to be the first and oldest ways of commute during pre-colonial period. Banca, a small boat, was the mode of transportation during those days.
After the Pasig River Tour, guests were also treated to an Escolta Tour presented by the Escolta Commercial Association and Heritage Conservation Society-Youth which included a guided tour inside the premier business and shopping area of Manila from the late 19th century until the destruction of the city during the World War II in 1945.
The Escolta Tour included a visit to Calvo Vintage Museum and First United Building Community Museum.
For additional information, you may contact PIA-NCR at 3rd floor, PIA Building, Visayas Avenue Diliman, Quezon City with telephone no. (02) 772-7660. You can drop them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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