(SPOT.ph) Taking care of the environment is now more important than ever as the world deals with the various effects of climate change. Here in the Philippines, the cleanup of the Pasig River is one of the major concerns, as this main waterway not only helps in mitigating flood in the Metro, but it's also a possible transportation alternative within the city.
In an effort to save it, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts launched Taga-alog 2018: Unang Alon—a creative campaign for the promotion of Pasig River as a space for cultural identity and collective memory. Maybe, if we realize how important it is not only environmentally but also culturally, we'll have more concern for this body of water. This project includes a series of free walking tours called Lakbay Baybay that not only lets you admire the most beautiful places by the riverbanks of Manila and Marikina, but also enjoy a cool game a la-Amazing Race. Tour dates are on October 20, 21, 27, and 28.
To join, all you need to do is round up a group of three to five people and register through the Taga-Alog website. You can choose to tour Manila, where you have to look for the missing Lola Geronima by searching clues scattered around the city's heritage sites; or Marikina, where you have to convince one Mr. Santos to invest in a shoe business—the cottage industry in his town.
Lakbay Baybay is on October 20, 21, 27, and 28. For more information, follow NCCA Taga-Alog on Facebook.