Manila, Philippines – “It was so huge, so clean and so clear–you could mirror yourself in the water. Lovers spent quality time while riding a boat, where they would later make their pledges,“ recalled 84-year-old Purificacion “Nanay Puring“ Malvas Punzalan, one of the few living witnesses of Pasig River’s festive days.
She also described the various important domestic uses of the river to the people – for free. “You could still drink the water from the river. It was as clean as the water coming out from the faucet. Others who had no laundry places in their residences used the riverbanks, where water ﬂowed continuously.”