Marikina River Park, almost 9 Months after Typhoon Undoy
The Marikina River almost dry, 9 months after Typhoon Undoy
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