Filipino-American Vlogger Takes Dangerous Dip Into Manila’s Heavily Polluted Pasig River
Wil Dasovich, a Filipino-American vlogger, model, and internet personality known for doing extreme daredevil stunts in his videos, recently took a dip in one of the world’s most polluted waters to see how bad it really is.
Along with his childhood friend from the United States and her friend, Dasovich went to the Pasig River in Manila, Philippines, as part of a prank.
The current state of Pasig River is not as bad as it was back in 1990 when the 25-kilometer (15-mile) long river was considered “biologically dead,” according to Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) executive director, Jose Goitia. However, it is still heavily polluted.
In the video, Dasovich managed to convince his friends, who have never traveled to Asia before, to dive into the river after seeing several children swimming in the incredibly dirty water. He jumped in with them as well.
“The smell, it reeks,” the vlogger said in Filipino. “It’s funny because the foreigners (my friends), they don’t notice how foul smelling it is, or the pollution, they’re just having fun.”
“As cruel of a prank that it was, they didn’t seem to mind much. Distracted by the laughter of the kids, and all the commotion and crowds around, they really were just able to enjoy the moment and mingle with the locals,” he continued.
Dasovich also used the opportunity to bring attention and help raise awareness about the state of Pasig River, which he says used to be a “glorious thing, like a natural water park that flowed to the middle of Manila.”
“It can become that again if we all just do our part. One of the biggest issues in the Philippines is definitely its human impact on the environment. And it’s really easy to blame the government or private sectors, but at the end of the day, it really comes down to us — you, me. And without discipline, there won’t be progress,” the vlogger continued in the later part of the video.
“At the end of the day, I think it’s really just about being mindful. That’s the simplest thing we can do as individuals.”