Kapit-bisig para sa ilog Pasig

PREPARATIONS for the fun run called “Kapit Bisig para sa Ilog Pasig” have started with the hope of collecting funds for the river’s rehabilitation with Quezon City Mayor “Bistek” Herbert Bautista and ABS-CBN Foundation leading the pro-environment groups in organizing the project.

“Run for the Ilog Pasig” is a fun run that caters to all and which started three years ago, according to my friend, Greg Bañacia, the city’s chief of the Public Affairs and Information Services Office (PAISO).

The route first started along Roxas Boulevard, Manila.

Since then, fun run for the Pasig River has become an annual event for everyone who wants to help in their own way, the event organizers say.

In 2010, the total number of participants was 116,086 runners and the fun run made history when it became part of the Guinness World Record with the most number of part runners in one event.

This year, the annual fun run for Ilog Pasig will take place in Quezon City, says the youthful QC mayor as he reveals that the ABS-CBN Foundation has tied up with the local government, Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to make the event possible.

It will happen on September 30 at the Quezon Memorial Circle with the assembly time for the participants set at 3 a.m., Mr. Bañacia says.

There will be three divisions for the participants to choose, a 15K Ride and Roll where bikers, skateboarders, long boarders and persons with disability riding on a wheelchair are welcome to join.

Another is the 15K Commonwealth Challenge and the 5K Morning Madness where the expected participants will be around 100,000 runners.

This is a kind of activities that must be supported by us that’s if we all still care for our environment.

Lets’ do our share.

Cleanup Drive Instead of Birthday Bash Worth-emulating was the acts of equally youthful Malabon City Mayor Lenlen Oreta III who celebrated his birthday last Sunday sans the usual fanfare and pompous partying.

Instead, the son of ex-Senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta and first cousin of PNoy, who took over this time on permanent status the city’s post after the demise of late Mayor Tito Oreta, leads the simultaneous activity he called “Grand Linis” in which City Hall employees and officials and barangay leaders as well join him in conducting massive cleanliness drive all over the city.

The “Grand Linis” project has elicited as it inspired volunteers and residents to join hands in the cleanliness campaign as they were obviously overwhelmed by the initiatives demonstrated by Mayor Lenlen.

The activity became even more interesting as Mayor Lenlen leads the boodle fight, the military’s style of eating together with officers and soldiers, held at the City Hall ground after the simultaneous cleanliness drive.

What a way for others to emulate such good deeds for the love of environment and the city as a whole.

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