We are an island country and our cities are no exception. Rivers, bays, esteros, fishponds- uncharted potential awaits.
Crossing the Navotas River on the C-4 bridge. Both sides of the river have wide easements and are easy to bike. There are only two bridges connecting Navotas and Malabon, the C-4 bridge and the Estrella bridge. Fishing boats are abundant and it's possible to pay them for crossing, but I did not see commuter boats which could bring you the length of the river from one city to another. This requires further investigation.
Murals in Navotas show the local connection to water.
A man shows me the estero behind the Maypajo Market in Caloocan (South). The estero is lined with informal settlements that have been barricaded behind concrete walls. As we stand there I see an invisible hand throw a bag of trash from a house into the river.
Fishing boats line the entrance of the Bangkulasi River where it connects to Manila Bay and the Navotas River.
Fishermen repair nets on a hot afternoon along the Navotas River.
Fish ponds at the Dampa de Paseo in Malabon. Fish ponds are now a rare sight in the city of Malabon which used to be the fish farm center.
Estero lined on one side by informal houses and another by industrial use. The metropolis would have automatic thoroughfares if all waterfront were connected through public space and uninterrupted access.
Estero in Valenzuela City. There seems to be an attempt at the left to create an easement. By law, 3meter development easements are required from any water or roadway, but this law is often not enforced.