Almost a cliche, and yet a sunset view of the Manila Bay is one of the genuine, pleasant freebies in noisy, congested Manila. Recorded in countless postcards, tourism campaigns, the famed Manila Bay Sunset remains a magnet for strollers along Roxas Boulevard, the strip of coconut-lined bayfront located between the Manila Yacht Club and the US Embassy complex.
The Manila Bay Sunset strip used to be longer, but with the condiminium development in Pasay City and the Cultural Center Complex built during the Marcos administration, the famed sunset strip has grown shorter through the years. Some years ago a former Manila mayor even had the whacky idea of creating an artificial white-sand beach on the same strip. But with the polluted waters from Metro Manila ending up in the bay, the idea sizzled off and failed to see, yes, another Manila Bay sunset.
In the meantime, Manila residents should be on high guard not to allow its whacky politicians install carnival lights, trifles and other annoyances on Roxas Boulevard. That would only give them additional grease money to fund their re-election campaigns.
Mabuhay ang Manila Bay!