Marikina River Park, almost 9 Months after Typhoon Undoy

The Marikina River almost dry, 9 months after Typhoon Undoy

the river looks shallow, you can actually walk on it..
the river looks shallow, you can actually walk on it..

The River that daunted the Marikina Residents during the unforgettable Typhoon Undoy

Whenever I travel for work, I always pass by this Bridge and from the vehicle that I am riding, I can view the river, or the famous Marikina River, that produces large volume of water during typhoon Undoy last year. Amazement beclouded my mind, because looking at the river now, It is too shallow, that I think you can actually walk in some part of it. Summer in the Philippines usually starts late February and Ended in June, but the summer heat this year exceeded previous records of hottest summer resulting drought in some provinces and placing the status of some leading dam in the critical level. Marikina River is obviously one of the most affected..

The Marikina Bridge, near Marikina Bayan and a few blocks from Marikina City Hall

Looking at the bridge from the Riverpark, it looks so high you can't believe flood water almost overflow on it

Below that Marikina Bridge is what they called the "Riverpark", where People mostly Marikina Residents stroll or jog everymorning. Groups of dog lovers also go there to "Dogwalk" with their dogs. From the Riverpark, The Bridge is such a view. It is so high that no human can ever fathom when the flood water almost reached it. Indeed when the Nature had its tantrums, there's is nothing we can do but try hard to survive her fury, and pray to God for salvation.

The Riverpark and Skating Rinks

When Flood Free, the Riverpark is such a good place to bond with friends and family

 The road is concrete and very conducive for biking, jogging, walking and playing. For those who love to Skate, there is a skating rink located at the other side of the bridge.

The View of the River, Mini Bridges, and River Decorations

Mini Bridges were installed to cross the other side of the River

The River was known for its attractive decorations, most of them were Shoes, since Marikina is also known at the Shoe Capital of the Philippines. Mini Bridges were installed so that people can cross the other side of the river through it. Because water is still shallow these days, some decorations were not yet in proper place, but they are simply amazing.

By the way, these decorations were most attrative at night, because of colorful lights installed in it.

The Legend of Marikit-Na

The 40 Ft Statue

I found out that her name was Marikit-na, and those written below her means, "a legend of Marikit-na". I am still in the process of researching to confirm her story but, according to one resident's recollection, if her memory serves her right, Marikit-na was a beautiful woman who accidentally fell to the river and drowned (how she fell they can't remember), and so Marikina was named after her... But of course there is more detailed story than that, and more profound I believe.... will update this as soon as I found out

Bars and Restaurant alive during night time

No more lonely nights

Along the Riverparks are bars and establishments. I guess when flood free, it wont be bad to spend nights with your friends in this place...

But above all, I can't imagine all of these that I see, almost buried in water during the Typhoon Undoy... but you see they surpassed the disaster with flying colors.. and we must thank our Creator for that example of hope.

© 2010 Maria Cecilia

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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Thanks for the update. The world soon forgets those still struggling from such disasters. Take care.


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Maria Cecilia 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Ethel thanks for visiting, my residence is almost two rides away from this place, two short travels, but flood did not reach my place... well few of lucky ones..


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Awesome job you did here!


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Maria Cecilia 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks Habee for the visit..


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StephenSMcmillan 5 years ago

You have posted such wonderful photos. I really had a nice tour! Thanks.


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Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks Stephen, I should write a part II of it, I think?


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thesingernurse 4 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

Marikina is one brave city. They got 'full recovery' in no time. I have been a witness to that calamitous event myself since I live near Marikina. Now, it's very good to see that it's doing well, as always. However, people are kind of phobic when rains start to come in. Mas madali na silang mataranta. But I think that's a good thing. It shows that everyone has learned how to be more vigilant during typhoons.

Great hub and thanks for featuring Marikina. I don't live there but it's a place very close to my heart. :D


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Maria Cecilia 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi thesingernurse, thanks for visiting, just try to keep on visiting I'll be featuring more of Marikina soon...my place was not included in the flooded area but still I can't relax when it rains.


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thesingernurse 4 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

That's very good to hear. I am happy to know a hubber residing in Marikina. I won't be surprised to see you at river banks or Sm Marikina. Lol. :D

My band usually plays around your area. We had some gigs at Bar One and Cafe Arabiscato. Do these names ring any bells?


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Maria Cecilia 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Ms. Sorry I am not yet familiar at those Bars can you tell me where are those located LOL, my next target is this Kapitan Moi.... but I will try to check on your band's schedule, even not in Marikina, will try to ask my group to watch one time when scheds not so busy


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thesingernurse 4 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

Hahahaha... You really don't have to do it dear. But that's very sweet of you. Thanks! :D


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Maria Cecilia 4 years ago from Philippines Author

oh that's ok....I'll be very proud to watch a fellow hubber perform on stage LOL

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