By Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren
A splash of colors has given life to the landscape around the pumping stations of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority with the completion murals of the ‘Pasig River Art for Urban Change’ project in partnership with the British Council.
Pasig River ferry patrons, via a river cruise, can see the murals painted on nine locations along the river: Arroceros, Aviles, Binondo, Escolta, San Francisco, Makati, Paco, Quiapo, and Valenzuela.
The MMDA hopes to highlight the agency’s pumping stations, which are often overlooked as common infrastructures in Metro Manila but are vital facilities to address the massive flooding in the metropolis especially during the rainy season.
“This project is one of MMDA’s efforts to create more liveable and inclusive cities through the regeneration of urban waterways and likewise to encourage the public to reconsider the ferry as a mode of transportation to decongest road traffic,” said MMDA Assistant General Manager for Operations.
Pasig River Art for Urban Change is a platform for artistic creation and collaboration around the regeneration of the river.
Atrtists tapped for the project were Archie Oclos, Cristina Lina and Malarko Hernandez, Ged Alangui, Julius Sebastian, Kris Abrigo, Luigi Almuena, Ralph Eya and Team Manila Graphic Design Studio.
Lina and Hernandez are both based in the United Kingdom and traveled to Manila specifically for the project. Leeroy New and Janno Abenoja of LABNEW were earlier commissioned to kickstart the initiative last November.
The Pasig River ferry, operated by the MMDA, serves as an alternative mode of transportation for passengers particularly those coming from the east side of Metro to reach specific destinations within the cities of Manila, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Taguig, Marikina and Quezon City.