Defying a heavy downpour, thousands of Filipinos participated in Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig’s (KBPIP) annual fun run for cleaner esteros in Quezon City last Sunday.
Out of 87,000 registered participants, an estimated 70,000 people actually joined this year’s “09.30. 2012 Run, Ride & Roll for the Pasig River.”
This number was higher than the turnout in “11.20.2011 Run for the Pasig River,” which was the largest single racing event last year with 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,” said Gina Lopez, managing director of ABS-CBN Foundation that operates KBPIP, in a press statement sent to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal).
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 expected traffic congestion around the Elliptical Road.
He said that traffic along Commonwealth Avenue flowed smoothly, unlike in previous races held on the major road.
Meanwhile, prominent personalities were also spotted during the event.
Among them 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, Kapamilya stars Kuya Kim Atienza, Matteo Guidicelli, Kim Chiu, Maja Salvador, and Xian Lim.
ABS-CBN personalities Sam Milby, Venus Raj, Robi Domingo, Jovit Baldivino, Marcelito Pomoy, and the Quezon City Orchestra headlined the post-race program prepared for the participants.
KBPIP aimed to raise P14 million in this year’s fun run to start the clean-up in the esteros of Quezon City. This is part of the seven-year rehabilitation of the Pasig River.
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