PASIG RIVER ZOOPER CRUISE

I spend my 29 years of existence in Pasig City, thus I can be called Anak ng Pasig, and in that 29 years I  always pass by one of the famous river in the Philippines- The Pasig River. I've seen it's transformation and rehabilitation. Growing up I heard a lot of stories about it, some are true and others are hoax. Pasig River is just a river to me, nothing is special about it. That's what I've always thought about the latter, not until I got an invitation from Tag Media to join the launching of  Zoomanity Group's latest project for Zoomanity Foundation, the ZOOPER CRUISE.

Zooper Cruise Passpoort

Zooper Cruise is a project of Zommanity Group for Zoomanity Foundation that caters the four pillars of their mission and vison- Education, Entertainment, Environmental Conservation and Exhibit. Starting 25th of Zoomanity Foundation will create a special cruise in the Pasig River with the intention to impart the history that the Pasig River witness along time and to discover the beauty that it has that we all thought had worn out. The cruise will be every first Friday of the month and part of the proceeds of the Zooper Cruise will be given to authorities that handle Pasig River Rehabilitation.


Zooper Cruise


I was so excited during the launch because I know I will learn a lot about Pasig River on that trip and it will also show me the other side of Pasig River that I didn't know existed. We started the cruise in Valenzuela Ferry Station in Makati City. While waiting for the ferry, I went down to check the river and to my surprise it doesn't smell foul or bad. The river was calm that day and full of waterlilies. 

Pasig River




We started the cruise around 4:00 PM.

As we entered the twin hull boat, we were warmly welcomed by friendly crew and were handed snacks. Once settled, our Pasig River adventure started and our tour guide for the day is Mr. Ed Bondad, the owner of the boat used for Zooper Cruise. He narrates historical information and trivia as we pass by historic places in Manila like Intramuros, Fort Santiago and the oldest watch tower in Manila. During the cruise, every ferry station  we pass corresponds a background music. We also came across Malacanang but for security purposes we are not allowed to take pictures of it. That was the first time I see Malacanang up close. We also pass by NCGH, National Center for Geriatric Health. The last attraction of the cruise before docking in Binondo is the Manila Bay sunset.

Quezon Bridge



Ferry on Pasig River


Post Office



After cruising the river, the boat dock near Binondo to do other activities included on the cruise. We went first to Binondo Church to say a little prayer, ask guidance and thanks for our safe trip. After going to church, we went to Uno Sea Food Wharf Place for dinner. Uno's ambiance is a typical Chinese Restaurant  but past Presidents of the Philippines used to dine here.

The food served to us was hand picked by Mr. Robert Yupangco of Yupangco Group of Companies and I must say every dish he chose were delicious. My favorite is the pork stewed with bread.

UNO COLD CUTS 
STEAMED SHRIMP

SEAFOOD SPINACH SOUP

BREAD FOR PORK STEWED

PORK STEWED


STEAMED FISH

ALMOND FRUIT COCKTAIL

MASACHI


After diner we head back to the boat. Upon seating we were given ice creams and coffee. Once settled Zoomanity Group started trivia game that deals with the places that we passed while on the cruise and I won the major price!

Power Bank


The 45 minutes trip with Zooper Cruise did educate me with the history that Pasig River witnessed along time. I was also entertained with scenery that I saw while on the cruise, games and  enjoyed the food that we ate, they are all delicious. I also saw how beautiful and unappreciated Pasig River. I am so thankful that Tag Media and Zoomanity Group invited me on this trip.  Now, Pasig River is not just a river to me, it is a river full of history and beauty.







43 comments:

  1. That looks like so much fun, I love being out on the water to really get the feel of a place :) Glad you got to finally do this

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  2. Oh my! That looks like so much fun! And that food looks delish!!

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  3. What a great experience. The food looks fantastic and everything you saw was amazing.

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  4. It looks like you had an excellent time! Along with some awesome food! I love your pictures.

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  6. I don`t think I`ve ever taken a cruise in Pasig river. I hope and pray that the beauty Pasig river once had will be restored. Philippines has so many beautiful places and I hope they will be preserved and won`t be abused.


    With Love, Grace
    www.TheGracefulMist.com

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  7. Amazing description I must say! Pictures were of great help. The food looks delicious! It seems that you had a hell lot of fun! :)

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  8. What an amazing time! I am quite impressed with all the wonderful food! You've made me hungry now!!!!

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  9. It sounds like you had such a great time! We have a river where I live as well but it's not as pretty as this one sadly.

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  10. I didn't know you could cruise on the Pasig river. I grew up in Manila and heard so many things about it too. But like you, it was just a river to me. Reading this brought back so many childhood memories as my family enjoyed dining at Sea Food Wharf so much when we lived there. What an honor to eat food hand-picked by a very very successful man. Looks so delish!

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  11. Looks beautiful! I don't know about that Spinach soup though ;)

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  12. Being on the water scares me a bit but your so lucky to do that and all that food looks so good :)

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  13. What an amazing experience!! And so many amazing food options!!!

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  14. What a cool thing to do! It's great that you were able to explore a new side of a familiar landscape.

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  15. Your photography is insanely good:) Looks like tons of fun and I want to eat everyone of those plates.

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  16. What a wonderful experience and well, your photos and food make me feel like I'm there with you. now I want to eat or take a cruise or eat or ....

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  17. I used to live to Pasig too! And I often wonder how would pasig river look like it it were still clean and the waters isn't polluted. Growing up, I only see the clean Pasig river through history books. This is such an amazing idea! The food also looks delish!

    www.maayalegaspi.com

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  18. Wow! This cruise looked awesome! I especially liked the food pictures. I got hungry just looking at them :)

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  19. Yum, all those pictures of food have made me hungry!

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  20. It's the first time I've heard of this. I do believe it's a nice project to also help rehabilitate the river. Sana, in time, it will get back its old glory. The whole experience sounded swell! How much is the regular price of the cruise?

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  21. Beautiful photos, the food look delicious. xx

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  22. What a fantastic experience! The pictures are so lovely, and the food looks so incredible. I like the idea of the project. Really great!

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  23. Oh man, that food looks delicious!!

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  24. That food looks really delicious! I'm sure you had such a great time.

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  25. The food is to die for! What a neat adventure.

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  26. The food is to die for! What a neat adventure.

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  27. Awesome photos! Very cool adventure.

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  28. This looks like so much fun! Great photos and what a delicious looking food :)

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  29. What an amazing adventure. Dinner a river cruise. I have done that once and throughly enjoyed it.

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  30. Super cool adventure and enjoying food is such a nice way to celebrate great moments. It all looks so yummy. :)

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  31. Looks amazing. Now I want to go!

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  32. Looks like a great place. For things like this I always visit your blog. Omg this is amazing thanks again

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  33. What??? People can go on a cruise along Pasig River?? :O When did it start? Just like you, Pasig was just a dead river to me before I left PH. :D Looks like it has been rehabilitated, and people can now gain something from it. I hope they'd make the cruise a little bit affordable, so many can enjoy!

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  34. I am not a history buff or something but I am always fascinated with tales about the importance of Pasig river in forming and shaping the culture and history of the Filipinos and seeing it in dire state decades ago and now being revive is such a pleasant surprise! I hope this would be a sustainable project.

    cheers! www.masterryo.com

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  35. I think this Zooper cruise is good that it holds not only just educational tours but part their proceeds go to Pasig river's rehabilitation. I just found the price of the cruise expensive. Well, I don't know the duration of the tour and how many people get to be in the tour at a time, so don't mind me if I say it's expensive. I still don't fully know everything. It's good that you didn't smell a foul scent on your visit. That's a good sign that the government and the citizens are doing a great job in cleaning the river. -Me-An Clemente of http://yogoandcream.com

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  36. That is a real long time to spend at one place.this was like knowing about aa historical place and was lovely. Pictures are great.

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  37. What an awesome cruise.. I would love to go on one such cruise too... have't been on one since in Bangkok two years ago...

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  38. Very informative blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing..tourist car service

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