For real? Photos/videos of Manila Bay having ‘Boracay level’ water go viral in time of ECQ

Two weeks into the enhanced community quarantine and you probably have seen different kinds of “improvement” on the surroundings of Metro Manila posted on social media. With the air quality a lot better now according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Metro Manila skies are a lot clearer too. Hence, there are rare sights on the skyline that many people capture and share online.

For instance, we have seen photos of the Sierra Mountain Range from NCR. We have also seen different mountains from various directions of the metro’s skyline.

Now, going viral online are photos and videos of the waters of Manila Bay having a turquoise-like color that looks like the waters of Boracay.

Here are some photos and videos shared on various social media platforms.

The view seems unreal and surreal. Another video was shared on UNTV News and Rescue’s Twitter page. The clip posted on Wednesday allegedly came from DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda.

Netizens expressed their thoughts that nature is “healing” since almost everyone is on lockdown for about a couple of weeks now.

However, the DENR hasn’t made any confirmation yet regarding this.

But according to a post on the Philippine Star on Facebook:

The usual murky water of Manila Bay clears up in some areas as the natural harbor rests from usual human activities amid Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine on Thursday.

This, explains environmentalist Gregg Yan, is due to the reduced amount of pollutants discharged by factories and inbound ships, though he cites the need for testing if the color change is due to another factor “like the possible illegal dumping of chemicals into the water.”

Vince Cinches, also an environmentalist, says this should give the public a glimpse of what will happen “if we sustainably regulate activities and eradicate destructive activities not just in Manila Bay but in other parts of the country as well.”

A post from Twitter said, “di iyan ganoon lang kabilis mangyayari given na eutrophic ang Manila Bay at ilang years pa bago ito marerehabilitate.”

(Rough translation: It won’t happen that fast given that Manila Bay is eutrophic and it would take many years for it to be rehabilitated.)

Apparently, this is not new in Manila Bay. In 2014, a similar incident has happened in its waters, according to a report from ABS-CBN.

Upon learning about this, the Philippine Coast Guard visited the place but they were not able to see any clear water. Additionally, according to the video, ship operators and locals from the area interviewed at that time said the water immediately returned to its murky state once agitated.

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