March 26, 2012

Howie Severino and his documentary team follow the water trail from the rapids of Pagsanjan to the sunset glow of Manila Bay. Howie paddles a kayak where he can, a quiet traveler close to the water

Along the way, they accompany a band of Don Quixotes trying to stop illegal fishing in the vastness of Laguna de Bay, visit hungry residents of Talim Island where they make fishball sticks now instead of catch fish, and reminisce about old Manila’s glory while cruising down a squalid Pasig River with urban reform advocate Paulo Alcazaren.

They discover a high-stakes battle over snails and a hidden conflict between ducks and fish, and find fresh reasons to rethink our relationship with the fabled waterways that enticed the first Filipinos to call them home.

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