AS IT STANDS | Roman Floresca
You wake up very early in the morning, say at around 5 a.m., and you prepare yourself for a run. Normally you would do your round in your own backyard or in the neighborhood. But what if you have no space at home or in your neighborhood? Then you can pick any one among the following spaces where you can make a run.
If you live anywhere in Manila, you can either choose to go around the park in Luneta or around the vacant spaces near or around the buildings in the Cultural Center of the Philippines. If it’s the Rizal Park you want you can share the spacious area with hundreds maybe thousands of early risers.
Maybe you are in Quezon City where the many nooks and crannies can give you shade and cool air. If you are looking for a beautiful place to do your thing then you can go to UP Diliman where there is plenty of space for jogging, walking or simply exercising.
Maybe you want somewhere more serene and with less people around. Well you can go to the La Mesa Ecopark, a chunk off the northern part of La Mesa Dam.
For southerners, the Bonifacio Global City has a space which often is used by joggers and walkers to do their early morning routine. On Track 30TH you can wait for the morning sun to rise.
You can have another choice by going to the Active Playground of the Greenhills Shopping Center. Aside from these areas there are about a dozen places where you can exercise your limbs.
A recent survey says Metro Manilans favor their government to promote or prioritize walking or cycling as their primary means of transportation. A survey by the Social Weather Stations says more than 80 percent of all Filipinos agree that pedestrians, bicycles and public transportation should get priority over private car owners. The respondents in the survey said they believe a city or municipality should be a “great place for walking and biking.”
Several groups have called for the establishment of special lanes for walking or biking in Metro Manila and elsewhere in the country.
While it may be too early to sing praises, it is nice to know that people nowadays are thinking of wider and more spacious streets for people to move about. And with less pollution yet.