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Pasig’s Floating World

WHAT floats and can carry a load a hundred times its weight?

If you live in Pasig City, that would be anything that has buoyancy and can be glued, nailed, or tied together, including flood-ruined freezers or laundry machines, and even discarded bath tubs. These days, all these and more are being used to ferry people and goods from one watery point to another in what is still among the most flooded areas in the metropolis.


Malabon’s waterworld

IN her other, perfect world, six-year-old Gella Nacario sees herself living in a blue, five-storey house with a garden of tall trees.

In the Artex Compound of Barangay Panghulo where she lives, water has flooded her home — and those of 150 other families — for three years now. Gella remembers the time when she was still able to run around with friends and ride bikes on a concrete road now buried in five feet of black, murky water.