‘Ilog Pasig Laban’ Is Our Latest Anthem for Nature and Culture Rehabilitation
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, October 02, 2019 6:00pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
“‘Wag mo akong sukuan, hindi ka manghihinayang. Kaunting tiis na lamang. Ilog Pasig, laban.” - Suzanne Samson, TampisAwit 2019 winner
Just like any form of art, music is a way of self-expression, a universal language. And in today’s social climate, music can bring life anew to certain causes. For TampisAwit, a songwriting competition organized by creative campaign Taga-Alog and Philpop, that cause is for the rehabilitation of the Pasig River.
The fellows of this competition wrote their compositions, and out of more than 20 song entries, only one stood out as the perfect song for this year’s campaign—Suzanne Samson’s “Ilog Pasig Laban.”
A Song for Ilog Pasig
Suzanne’s composition is a product of how TampisAwit made her aware of the Pasig River’s current situation. With the help of the coaches, she is able to write a song that entitled her to a grant for official recording and promotion all throughout the “Sulong! Lusong!” campaign.
“Ang dami ko ring natutunan talaga sa coaches saka sa mga nag-lecture about sa nangyayari ngayon sa environment natin and sa development ng Ilog Pasig. Kung ano na siya [Ilog Pasig] ngayon, nakaka-wow. Kaya pala natin,” Suzanne said.
Her song talks about hope for the Pasig River. The lyrics speak to the citizens to never stop trying to make the river a better space. As the song says, “Sa kasuluk-sulukan, lahat makikinabang. Kaunting tiis na lamang. Ilog Pasig, laban.” It urges everyone to save the Pasig River while we still can. “Ilog Pasig Laban” is a way of reaching out to more people so they’ll be aware of the Pasig River rehabilitation and how the presumed “dead” river is now being restored as a space for cultural identity.
“In my own little way, through this song, marami siyang mare-reach out, especially mga millennial. ‘Yung mga kabataan kasi, sila talaga yung magpapatuloy ng mga sinimulan ng mga nauna na gumagawa ng effort para tumulong sa Ilog Pasig. Hindi lang sa Ilog Pasig, kung ‘di sa buong environment na maging aware, maging aware lang na tumulong kahit sa maliliit na paraan,” the TampisAwit 2019 winner said.
Suzanne encourages everyone to be mindful of our wastes and stop using single-use items, such as plastic bags and plastic utensils.
The rehabilitation for Pasig River is long overdue. Thanks to campaigns like Taga-Alog, there is hope in keeping Pasig River alive and keep it that way once more. Saving the environment is mostly for our benefit and the creatures around us. Long live, Ilog Pasig!