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We visited Venice a while back and its compelling beauty is definitely a photographer’s haven.
I was amazed with Venice’s culture that is deeply preserved not only in the old yet colorful buildings but most especially in their waterways.
The islands on which the city is built are connected by about 400 bridges.No wonder Venice has been nicknamed ‘The City of Bridges’ and The City of Waters’ among others.

The canals serve the function of roads, and every form of transport is on water or on foot. The famous Venetian boat, the gondola is nowadays used for tourists or special occasions such as wedding, funerals and other ceremonies.

Vaporetti (Motorised waterbuses) are available for daily local transport and many of the people own private boats.
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Somehow though, I cannot help but feel sad about the plight of the Pasig River (Manila, Philippines). Back in its heydays it was like, if not the same as Venice’s grand canal. Then, it was clean (as described by Dr. Jose Rizal in his novelas), it served as an important means of transport and functioned as the city’s lifeline and center of economic activity. Bapors and boats served the locals like vaoporetti does.

But due to massive population growth, infrastructure construction, and other factors, the former purpose of the river has been abandoned. The banks of the river attracted settlers and many factories dumped their wastes into the river, making it effectively as a huge sewer system. It was considered biologically dead then.
However, efforts to revive the river began in December 1989 with the help of Danish authorities.

Sometime last year, the river has been opened for transport again to some small areas in the city, to read more please click here.
Hopefully, soon the Pasig river might live again, after all, nature has a way of healing itself, but cooperation from the people around the river would help a lot!
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