Look: Turquoise Blue Waters of Manila Bay #NoFilter

Look: Turquoise Blue Waters of Manila Bay #NoFilter


The once pristine Manila Bay deteriorated for a long while, paving the way for rehabilitation efforts to take place in early 2019—there was an initial clean-up drive and desilting—until the operations had been mothballed for later and supposed “drastic changes” went overlooked again.

It seems like Manila Bay, however, has found a way to reinvigorate itself during the lockdown. Residents around the Mall of Asia area have been noticing the transition from Manila Bay’s murky waters to a glistening turquoise blue “that can pass as Boracay’s.” These photos and videos sparked various opinions on Twitter threads, Facebook comments, and captions, which read “How Philippines would look like without Filipinos,” “the virus could be letting Mother Earth heal,” and “Kailangan pa ng virus para maging maayos ang Pilipinas (it takes a virus to see improvements in the Philippines).”

Photo by John Angue


Photo by Arnel Natnat

This phenomenon, however, can be likened to what happened on Venice canals—the waters may look clearer, but it doesn’t mean it’s less polluted. Less human activities and boat traffic on the surface can cause sediment accumulation and silt to stay at the bottom.

Although a portion of the bay was declared safe for swimming, the water quality is still very much as toxic as it was as of this time, so don’t dive in just yet (but either way, we’re on quarantine).

Tags: Manila Bay, Travel, Vianca Gamboa