Manny Pacquiao Graces the Inauguration of Iloilo River Esplanade

Congressman Manny Pacquiao and Senator Frankiln leads the Inauguration of Iloilo River Esplanade last August 18, 2012. It’s a rare opportunity to see the “Pambansang Kamao” up close, so i got a chance to join the media covering the event. :-)

Manny Pacquiao-Iloilo River Esplanade

Senator Franklin Drilon pushes this project for the rehabilitation and restoration of the Iloilo River. The 1.2 kilometer-esplanade is a road network linking Iloilo bridge(Diversion) and Carpenter bridge(Molo-Mnaduriao), it is about four meters wide road with paving blocks, and slope protection, and a landscape design planted with different ornamental plants. This project will help boost the tourism industry in Iloilo City.

Iloilo River Esplanade

Iloilo Esplanade

Iloilo River

Aside form the inauguration, there are several events that were lined up and a lot of the Ilonggos flocked to witness the event. Here are the events: 1st Drilon Dragon Boat Race Competition, Canoe and Kayak contests, inter-school band competition, GMA Kapuso night and a fireworks display. This is a part of the Iloilo City Charter Celebration.