This photo was taken seven years ago during me and my husband’s visit to my neighborhood in my hometown in Leyte, Philippines. The picture shows how green the surroundings is. We call our neighborhood Riverside because we are situated by the river called Kanawagan. I remember when I was younger the river was wide and its currents were strong that it was difficult to cross. Because of the drought the river has gone low and moved farther. You see those rocks and the cleared area? That’s the riverbed.
My parents, siblings, and I used to cross this river to go to my grandpa’s farm to harvest some vegetables, fruits, and root crops. We also bathe and do our laundry here too. Walking alongside the riverbank we can pick up some firewood from the fallen branches of the trees and coconuts. Some nights, there are a few young guys and men (neighbors) will go fishing in the river.
But now, the river is not healthy anymore. It is getting low and polluted. There’s a power plant way up there in the mountains and disposing waste. I am not completely sure where they release their wastes but somehow parts of it go to the rivers. I wonder how this place looked after the super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)?