Arts and Culture

ASUL: Reviving the Blue

in Pasig River Through


by Inside Manila Team, November 25, 2019 10:31am

Art by Dani Elevazo

Arts and Culture

ASUL: Reviving the Blue in Pasig River Through Music

by Inside Manila Team, November 25, 2019 10:31am
Art by Dani Elevazo

The Pasig River witnessed a lot of the Philippines history. It’s heartbreaking to see it in a polluted state—the piece of history turned into a murky body of water. But the river’s cry for help didn’t go in vain. To make the Pasig River blue again, three organizations came together to create a campaign for its rehabilitation.

NCCA, PRRC, and PETA created Taga-Alog 2019, a campaign that aims to voice awareness on environmental issues through the use of the arts. Taga-Alog, literally shakers, is inspired by the old Tagalog term for “people from the ford.” And after a series of efforts and activities, the campaign now concludes with Taga-Alog concludes with ASUL: The Taga-Alog 2019 Grand Concert held on November 9, 2019 at Rizal High School, Pasig City.

Taga-Alog ambassadress Aicelle Santos. Photo courtesy of Taga-Alog

Advocating Through the Arts

Among the main highlights of the event was the awarding of the winning entries from the various capacity-building activities for different artistic channels that Taga-Alog and its stakeholders had hosted.

Wisik Short Film Making Workshop awarded first place to “Kung Hindi Ikaw” by Royce Divine Oficial, Jessie Stephen Guevara, and Misty Shane Eneria; second place to “Hatol” by Kristel Joyce Micael and Marjorie Marciano; and third place to  “Eco Basura” by Jhon Rheymel Lunes, Queenie Valdoz, Sandra Aguzar, Joseph Aquino, and Shiela Marie Salas.

TapisAwit 2019 Winner Suzanne Samson. Photo courtesy of Tampisawit.

“Himlayan” by Godwin Emmanuel and Benj L. Solania tops the competition’s Creative Category. “Obra” by Mary Franz D.R. Salazar, Emman Olasiman, Janaya Danielle Parungao, Ervin Miranda, and Sofia Chantal Perez won second. place while Geoffrey Jules N. Solidum and Christine Jane B. Almira’s “Tinig Ni Pasig” placed third.

Gian Lorenz M. Violago’s “Pinta” won the Audience Choice Award.

For the literary arts, Khamille Anne Linsag of Davao City bagged the first place for Lagaslas Children Story Writing Workshop Competition with her story “Budi.”

United With Music

True to the campaign’s advocacy of utilizing arts as a platform of promoting environmental awareness, everyone’s commitment and oneness were strengthened as different performers light up the night with their melodies.

TampisAwit PhilPop Song Writing Competition first placer Suzanne Q. Samson showcased her musical masterpiece “Ilog Pasig Laban” live on stage with a powerful performance that was arranged by veteran songwriter Jungee Marcelo.

Ben&Ben's Miguel Guico is present to sing for the Pasig River. Photo courtesy of Taga-Alog

Taga-Alog ambassadors Noel Cabangon, Aicelle Santos, and Ben&Ben shared their talents through songs that went right through the hearts of the listeners. Other performers who supported the cause, including Gloc-9, KE, Talahib People’s Band, Pasig City Band, and singers and dancers from PETA, also made the musical moment special.

Here's Gab Cabangon of KE. Photo courtesy of Taga-Alog.

Everyone is a River Warrior

Everyone stood up and raised their right hand as Taga-Alog’s Project Director Mr. Raul Alfonso lead the oath-taking of the River Warriors. Within the commitment setting is the enumeration of Taga-Alog’s signature campaign—the 6Rs of caring for the environment: refuse, reuse, reduce, recycle, respect the environment, and rehabilitation through the arts.

Taga-Alog believes that the Pasig River is very alive, and with the 6Rs, it will someday be that same old beautiful river across the metro where children can swim and fish can live in.

With timeless platforms such as the arts, Taga-Alog’s advocacy not only breathes life to the revival of the Pasig River, but also inspires many Filipinos to stand as one in conserving the beauty of our natural resources.

This press release is based on a press release by Taga-Alog. For more information, visit the Taga-alog official Facebook or email


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