Last Black Saturday, owing to a relatively slow day (most are still on vacation because it was a holiday), I decided to take a cruise by way of the Pasig River Ferry that would take me from Guadalupe to Escolta in old Manila. Recently launched, this is not bad at all for the fare is just PhP25, as it could be a good solution to the traffic woes of the metropolis. And also, the units are airconditioned, so one would feel a level of comfort while traveling.
Right now, only one route is active in the river ferry network — the Escolta-Guadalupe-.Escolta line, and more routes will be added in the days to come.
Here are some sights to behold, although the Pasig River now is no longer the idyllic Pasig River that we knew of in some literature:
Inside the ferry before leaving the Guadalupe station.
A view of the Pioneer area and the murky Pasig River.
Pasig River, in all its “might”.
Rockwell Center area.
Makati City Hall and Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge.
Passenger seats available inside
The front area. TV on board.
Hulo area. Notice how crowded it is.
Makati City Hall
Ship docked at the side of the river.
One of the greens in the midst of a not-so-green (and now murky) river.
One of the river parks set up beside the Pasig
Bancas crossing Punta-Sta. Ana. Note the Coke branding to make it appear as if it were sponsored.
The harsh reality of urban living. Shanties at the base of Punta, Sta. Ana.
Tenement (Punta) banca station and a duet of passenger bancas.
One of the oil depots beside the Pasig. Nope, it’s not in Pandacan yet.
Pasig River intersecting with San Juan River.
Paco-Pandacan-Sta. Mesa Bridge (Padre Zamora)
Polytechnic University of the Philippines campus
Pandacan oil depot.
GSIS-Sta. Mesa apartments
At this point, I was asked by the Navy dude inside the ferry to stop taking pics as we were approaching the Malacañang area, for security reasons. I resumed as we approached the Quezon Bridge, which is close to homestretch.
LRT-1 line running across Feati campus
Welcome to the glory of old Manila.
Approaching the homestrech. Escolta Station — the final stop of the river cruise.
I just wanted to take a sideshot of the Escolta station.
Sights after I alighted from the ferry:
Post Office as viewed from the other side of the river.
Just outside the Escolta ferry station, with the Pasig River and Post Office as backdrop.
Up close that monument.
Pasig River’s version of Baywalk right in Manila.
Signages like these make me think that I’m in New York City.
Roadside mosaic tile/s.
It was at this point that I started to walk the length of Escolta Street (the commercial center of Manila during the latter years of the Spanish occupation and the early years of American imperialist hegemony) from the ferry station all the way to Sta. Cruz Church, to where I’d be riding the bus on my way home. Here are some more sights:
Just testing my grayscale function. Calesas still abound the area.
And just testing my sepia function too…Escolta Street in Manila.
Those were the days, my friend…
This ought to be a relic of old Manila too.
Sta. Cruz Church, Manila.