Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Balik Tanaw Pasig River Tour and Cultural Heritage Experience Returns for Its 2nd Year

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In celebration of the 118th Celebration of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence, PIA-NCR, in partnership with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), conducted a river tour entitled BALIK TANAW 2016: A Pasig River Tour and Cultural Heritage Experience on June 8, 2016 (Wednesday), 8:30 AM.

Historians and tour guides were onboard again during the tour. Aside from this, various art activities such as kundiman and spoken word performances were the major highlights of the event onboard.

Reaching Manila, everyone was also toured around some heritage areas including Escolta, the old building of a TV network, plus other sites worth reminiscing and preserving. The last leg of the tour was also sort of a museum on its second floor but the ground level were being used to showcase Filipino entrepreneurs in a tiangge style market place.

For its second year, almost the same group, together with the Intramuros Administration, will be conducting a Pasig River Tour and Cultural Heritage Experience entitled ISANG BANGKA TAYO: BALIKTANAW 2017 on June 9, 2017 (Friday), 8:30 AM at the Guadalupe Ferry Station in Makati City.

The activity aims to create a community that is well-informed on the rich history of various cities in Metro Manila traversed by the Ilog Pasig, increase the level of awareness on the importance and rehabilitation of rivers and its tributaries (esteros), and to introduce the ASEAN Vision 2025 which aims for a sustainable ASEAN region by Conservation and Sustainable Management of Biodiversity.

The cover photo and below are just some of the photos we took from last year's tour:

The activity shall start with the launching of ASEAN Information Kiosk at the Guadalupe Ferry Station in Makati City to be followed by a river tour. 

The Pasig River Tour tour will begin at the Guadalupe Ferry Station in Makati City. The end point will be at the Plaza Mexico Ferry Station in the City of Manila. The Pasig River tour will take around one (1) hour from Guadalupe Ferry Station to Plaza Mexico Ferry Station.

Participants of the river tour will board an air-conditioned ferry that will transport them to Plaza Mexico Ferry Station in the City of Manila. A historian and a tour guide will also be onboard during the tour. Aside from this, song performances will also be presented to the participants. After the river tour, there will be a walk tour and cultural presentation in Intramuros, Manila.  

Taking videos/photographs along the Malacañang Area is NOT allowed. 

There will be a walking tour in Intramuros, Manila (selected area for touring will be announced soon). The tour in Intramuros will also take around one-hour.

Below are the videos we took from last year's Pasig River Tour and Cultural Heritage Experience:

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