Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Manila, Phillippines - Pasig River

The Pasig River of today does not even remotely resemble the picture above.  The river has been a focal point for development over the years. Commercial centers, a university, and a racetrack are now located along the river. Manila is now one of the most densely populated cities in the world.

The Pasig River was an important transport route in Spanish Manila, however it has now become so polluted it is considered "dead", meaning it can no longer sustain life. Efforts are currently underway to rehabilitate the Pasig River.
The second postcard shows the Estero Sibacong in Manila. I don't know anything about this area, but the card is beautiful.
In the past week, Manila has had terrible flooding after record amounts of rainfall. With these cards I send my wishes for a quick recovery.


  1. Indeed--our heart-felt wishes go out to the people who've been flooded.

    And such wonderful postcards! Marvelous!

  2. Estero Sibacong used to be a floating market in the late 1800s and prewar. Unfortunately, this estero (creek) is nothing more than open sewage today. The photo would've been taken from Dasmarinas Street bridge, while the road on the right is Tetuan Street, it's easy to find on Google Earth.

  3. jeric,
    thanks so much. I am going to look on Google Earth.



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