SLIDESHOW: Thousands run for Pasig River


Posted at Sep 30 2012 04:12 PM | Updated as of Oct 02 2012 01:56 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Thousands braved the heavy rains on Sunday for the Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig’s “09.30. 2012 Run, Ride & Roll for the Pasig River” in Quezon City.

Around 87,000 registered to participate in the advocacy event that will raise funds for the clean-up of esteros in Quezon City. This number was higher than the turnout in last year's race which drew 86,547 runners.

“There were still a lot of people despite the rain. They ran in the rain, they biked in the rain. It shows conviction. If people want it bad enough, we’re going to clean the Pasig River,” Gina Lopez, managing director of ABS-CBN Foundation, said in a statement.

Among the runners were Senator Pia Cayetano, ABS-CBN chairman and CEO Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III, Gina Lopez, ABS-CBN Cable Channels and Print Media Group Ernie Lopez, and Kapamilya stars Kuya Kim Atienza, Matteo Guidicelli, Kim Chiu, Maja Salvador and Xian Lim.

ABS-CBN Safety and Events Risk Management head Martin Aguda said the advocacy event was generally peaceful despite the rains, the huge crowd, and the expectedly heavy traffic congestion around the Elliptical Road.

He said the traffic stream along Commonwealth Ave. was also smoothly flowing unlike other previous races held on the major road.

The crowd stayed until the post-race program that featured ABS-CBN personalities Sam Milby, Venus Raj, Robi Domingo, Jovit Baldivino, Marcelito Pomoy, and the Quezon City Orchestra.