Geneva Cruz couldn’t have sung it with more conviction when she popularized “Anak ng Pasig,“ her award-winning ode to a dying Pasig River, in 1992. The mere mention of Pasig River triggers depressing images. Of a stinking, stagnant body of water. Of people’s indifference. Of a black river.
Pasig River is regarded as the most iconic waterway in the Philippines. Its economic significance helped establish Manila as the country’s “nerve center.“ It also silently witnessed the Philippines’ rise to development as a nation and cradled the birth of modern Filipinos.
That was then.