It was February 14 of 2007 when former President Arroyo inaugurated the Pasig River Ferry Service, giving commuters an alternative route from the congested traffic in the metro. With just five stations operating during that time, NTSI’s (Natutical Transport Services Incorporated) service expanded to 17 stations passing major cities of Manila, Mandaluyong, Makati and Pasig.
I’ve seen these catamaran-type boats pass along Pasig river when I used to go to San Joaquin but I’ve never tried riding one. Just as spontaneous with my other travels, I knew this ride would be exciting; Lucky enough, my friend invited me for a random fun shoot last July. From Quiapo station, we bought tickets going to Nagpayong which is the last station, and back. Ticket prices range from Php 25-60.
I was expecting the ferry to be fully packed since we left Quiapo station around 4pm. Surprisingly, there were not so many people at that time; the ferry can carry up to 150 passengers though. Less people means a great chance that security will be lenient enough to allow us to shoot in the front deck. It was only when we passed by Malacañang Palace when a security personnel warned the passengers not to take photos or else they’ll get our cameras (well that’s what they said). Yeah, I was obedient enough not to break the law…there’s Google Earth, anyways. Hehe.
Here are some photos taken during the ride:
Cruising along the Pasig river is a great photo opportunity. Though it was just a 2 hour boat ride I had, I could say that this trip is memorable. 🙂
The continuous effort of the local government and various private organizations in revitalizing the Pasig river has made a lot of difference, from waste management and relocation of families residing along the riverside. Remember: It is man whose wasteful lifestyle that damaged Pasig river, we are accountable for the collective welfare of our society, we are all responsible in giving back reviving Pasig river.
One helluva boat ride makes me a “concerned citizen”…I thought so. Try out the Pasig River Ferry Service and you’ll understand what I mean. Let’s support a cause.
|Plaza Mexico||Intramuros, Manila, Manila|
|Lawton||Lawton, Ermita, Manila|
|PUP (Polytechnic University of the Philippines)||Santa Mesa, Manila|
|Santa Ana||Santa Ana, Manila|
|Lambingan||Punta, Santa Ana, Manila|
|Valenzuela||Barangay Valenzuela, Makati City|
|Hulo||Barangay Hulo, Mandaluyong City|
|Guadalupe||Barangay Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City|
|Pineda||Barangay Pineda, Pasig City|
|San Joaquin||Barangay San Joaquin, Pasig City|
|Bambang||Barangay Bambang, Pasig City|
|Kalawaan||Barangay Kalawaan Sur, Pasig City|
|Pinagbuhatan – Acasia||Barangay Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City|
|Maybunga||Barangay Maybunga, Pasig City|
|Nagpayong||Barangay Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City|