Monday, October 11, 2010

A Run for the Pasig River makes history.

Whoever said that there’s no more hope for the Filipino people should think again. The success of the recently concluded “10.10.10 A Run for the Pasig River” is a proof that if Filipinos will unite, nothing is impossible.

The fun run, which aimed to create awareness and raise funds for the Pasig River cleanup campaign, made history and could also be the world’s biggest advocacy race with the number of race participants estimated at between 120,000 to 140,000 runners, according to Kapit Bisig Para Sa Ilog Pasig (KBPIP), the event organizer.

People from all walks of life showed unity as contingents from schools, religious groups, government agencies, the police and military, non-government organizations, business sector, and private institutions made up the enormous crowd that gathered at the run’s three starting points at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA), the CCP Complex, and Ayala Avenue in Makati.

They said that initial figures from SyCip, Gorres, Velayo & Co. (SGV), the country’s biggest accounting firm, placed the total number of official race starters at 116,812 but once authenticated, it may break the Guinness World Record of 110,000 runners at the "Bay to Breakers" race in San Francisco, California in 1988.

KBPIP is hoping to raise between P10 million to P12 million from the event to finance cleanup at Estero de San Miguel, a tributary of the Pasig River.
In 2009, KBPIP began dredging operations and relocation of informal settlers at Estero De Paco, which also flows into the Pasig River.

ABS-CBN Foundation managing director Gina Lopez said that in order to successfully clean the river, people must first clean water that flows into it, and change the way people look at the river through events such as the 10.10.10 run.

Source: report from


Layla White, PoweredServices said...

When you say success? Does it mean that it made the river worth swimming into again? If the event made the river clean then it is a success.

Mar said...

Nope. There was no mention in the post that the event made the river worth swimming again. That will be a long way to go. The purpose of the event is to create environmental awareness and to raise funds to continue with the restoration of the river. The overwhelming support of people from different walks of life made it a success.

Layla White in Canada said...

A better event would have been if they actually cleaned the river. Imagine, 120K to 140K people cleaning it? I'll bet it would make a huge difference.


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