i don’t think anyone understands that when i say i get secondhand embarrassment easily i mean at the first sign of trouble for a character in a television show i immediately pause and sit there for ten to thirty minutes thinking “oh god they fucked up”
some old work i did for a fan bbc sherlock project
Silly baby, vertebrae don’t work that way.
It’s officially Rainy Season again. We know what to expect, as if it will never change, it is always flooded in Manila even at the mildest rain. It’s a part of Manila Life that will never fade away. Manila itself is a floodplain and is formed by the flooding of the sedimentation of Pasig River millions of years ago! Most of Manila is near and even below the mean sea level, so flooding will never fade away that easily in this part of the Philippines. We could only just mitigate the damage of flood, but not eliminate flood entirely.
Manila itself was an archipelago (within an archipelago) with islets in the Pasig River system when it was still not a big city like today. Ever encountered the streets Estero Cegado and Isla de Romero in Quiapo - Santa Cruz area? That is the proof that Manila had more waterways back then that it is before. Estero Cegado literally means “closed estero” and Isla de Romero is where the Feati University is located now. The waterways were reclaimed with land to become streets that bore those names now.
Burnham himself planned for more filling of these waterways and to widen some commercially viable waterways both for drainage and navigation. In the span of a century, we have already filled those with concrete. Only a few remain. The usual places where flooding is worst are the same places with many of these waterways are filled for building in them. It seems that the water still knows where it flowed into the rivers and seas for centuries, and some of us don’t understand how water flows.
Here are some photos of old maps of Manila and how the waterways around them changed within a span of a century. The order of the maps are from the Spanish Period, from the American Period and the contemporary Period.
Quiapo and San Miguel Area:
Anna & Elena Balbusso are Italian twins artist who live and work in Milan.