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Thursday, May 3, 2007

Life along the river

Malabon City is located just north of the City of Manila. Until the 1960's the City (than Municipality) of Malabon was the premiere municipality in the Province of Rizal. This coastal town was the home of the elite and had a profitable fishpond industry. Four decades later, Malabon City has been left behind by its neighbors, weighed down by the loss of its key industry, flooding and overpopulation. When I first went to the City of Malabon a few years ago, it seemed like I went to a place where time had stopped.

Earlier today I was looking at the City from the fifth floor of the new Malabon City Hall building. From the shell of the partially constructed building I looked over the Malabon-Navotas River and Manila Bay itself.

Riverbank of the City of Malabon, the Malabon-Navotas, Navotas City and Manila Bay

Fishermen preparing the boat on the Malabon-Navotas River

What are the looking at?

A lazy afternoon

Fishing is still very important to the economies of both Malabon and Navotas Cities

The Navotas Fishport

Manila Bay

It was an amazing sight, and at the same time reminder of what is. For the past two years, I have done my little bit in trying to rebuild this old grand City. Under the leadership of Mayor Tito Oreta, the past two years have been spent pushing back the floodwaters, improving the City's revenue and rebuilding the City's infrastructure. There is undoubtedly a long way to go, but am proud of having been a part of what are hopefully the first few steps to recovery of my adopted City.

The newly constructed Malabon City Sports Complex and the Navotas City Hall in the background. A sign of things to come.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

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