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Manila Bay ‘White Sand’ Swept Out To Sea

MANILA BAY – A netizen shared several photos of Manila Bay’s ‘white sand’ washed out to the sea.

Crushed dolomite from Cebu was dumped along the shores of Manila Bay. It is part of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) Manila Bay Rehabilitation Project.

The agency said they consulted experts and agencies before they implemented their makeover project. DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda said putting white sand on the shore will discourage people from littering in the area. The beautification project has a budget of PHP 389 million.

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Photo Source: @cnnphilippines Twitter

On Saturday, September 19, the government temporarily opened Manila Bay to the public for the International Coastal Clean-up Day. Hundreds of people flock to the area to see the white sand personally. However, quarantine protocols were violated during the opening of the dolomite beach.

Based on a report from Manila Bulletin, Senate President Tito Sotto III expressed his concern that the artificial white sand would wash out to sea after some time.

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Photo Source: GMA News

On Tuesday morning, September 22, photos of the white sand washing away to the sea and the reappearance of the black sand went viral on social media. It was posted on the Facebook page of “Madam Aguida & Sarkastiko Tasyo – Writing in Tandem #EJK4fanatics.” The post has garnered 1.4 thousand reactions, 613 comments, and 2.5 thousand shares as of this writing.

In the caption of the post, she wrote: “LOOK! Nag Aagnas Na ang Manila Bay De Boracay.”

Here are the photos:

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Photo Source: @MadamAguida FB
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Photo Source: @MadamAguida FB
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Photo Source: @MadamAguida FB

The viral photos of the white sand in Manila Bay elicited mixed reactions from the online community. Here are some of their comments from the post:

@Carlos Perfecto Sanchez: “Yan ang sinasabi ko. Basta indi natural ang isang bagay ay indi ito magtatagal. ARTIFICIAL lang kasi!”

@Carlos Caasi Morante: “Hindi naman talaga pinag isipang mabuti ang proyektong yan.iba ang buhangin na para talaga sa dagat.kahit anong lakas ng alon hindi siya matatangay ng alon.hindi katulad yang dolomite na yan.dumating lang jan ang malalakas na alon tiyak matatangay yan.”

@Alaine Espanol Agris: “Sad to say parang sila magandang tingan sa una pero kapag tumagal tagal na hinde pala.”

@Mandirigmang Bakal: “Bobo ang nag picture nito walang utak mabuti nayan kay basura ang nandyan kahit anong tambak dyan”

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