Freedom Island

Paranaque, Manila

Freedom Island is an artificial island in Manila Bay just off the coast of Paranaque in Metro Manila, Philippines. It was formed between 1973 and 1985 during the construction of the Manila??"Cavite Coastal Road. Two other islands lie immediately to the south in Las Pinas, namely Long Island and another smaller island also formed by land reclamation. The islands form the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critica ...

l Habitat and Ecotourism Area.

Freedom Island covers an area of about 30 km2 with an elevation of between 0 and 7 meters above sea level. It is a barrier island located across from the Manila??"Cavite Expressway just south of another reclaimed site called Asiaworld City, a residential waterfront community that is part of the bigger Bay City development.

The island consists primarily of loam and dredged material pulled from the bay and nearby lands. It contains a mangrove forest and swamps providing a habitat for many migratory bird species, including the Philippine duck, Chinese egret, common moorhen and black-crowned night heron.

The island was declared a Critical Habitat by the Philippine government in 2007. It was listed as a Ramsar wetland of international importance in 2013.  Wiki

Freedom Island News

  • 7 Things I Realized After I Joined A Coastal Cleanup

    7 Things I Realized After I Joined A Coastal Cleanup

    I joined Greenpeaces recent coastal cleanup because while on vacation in Siquijor last June, I would spend a few hours every day picking up trash on the beach.

    "Habagat po kasi," one soft-spoken member of the hotel?s staff said, trying to explain it wasnt their beach or Siquijor that was dirty.

    And its true: The beach was very clean.

    Its just, something was always washing ashore: empty plastic bags of junk food, a broken piece of slipper, too many lighters, more empty bags of junk food, and the worst of them all, an empty container of gasoline.

    So when the opportunity to participat ...

  • Ocean Plastic Waste Knocks On Corporate Doorsteps

    Ocean Plastic Waste Knocks On Corporate Doorsteps

    Its fun. Ive learned a lot from this, shared Janine Rose Ruado, 21, of Aroma, Tondo, Manila, about the coastal cleanup organized by Greenpeace Philippines on Freedom Island in Paranaque City.

    Back home, she said, garbage is a common sight and their community is exposed to the ills of garbage pollution.

    I will tell my neighbors of what Ive learned about the importance of keeping our community and our ocean clean, she told the BusinessMirror in an interview on September 20, the last day of the 10-day cleanup.

    Janine was the youngest of close to 100 volunteers who joined the activity as ...

  • Join A Worldwide Bird Count In PH Wetlands

    Join A Worldwide Bird Count In PH Wetlands

    New and old bird lovers are invited to join the Haribon Foundation to count "wader" birds on Saturday, November 5, in one of Manila Bay's last remaining mangrove habitats.

    A "wader" is a bird with legs and/or a beak adapted to wading in the water for food. And the world needs our help in counting these waders visiting the Philippines.

    Over half a million migratory birds including 64 globally-threatened species are now traveling through the Philippines via the East Asian Australasian Flyway (EAAF), one of only nine flyways in the world where migratory birds travel every year.

    These bir ...

  • Environment Groups Call On Government To Act Vs Plastic

    Environment groups have urged the government to decisively act against unrestrained plastic production and consumption and the consequent environmental pollution.

    The EcoWaste Coalition, Earth Island Institute, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Greenpeace, Mother Earth Foundation and Nilad asked the Duterte administration to enact a strategy to prevent and reduce plastic garbage from land sources that is finding its way to oceans.

    The groups reiterated their call ahead of President Duterte's first State of the Nation Address next week. They said government should enact ...

  • Villar Rejects Plan To Build 13-B Manila Bay Airport

    Villar Rejects Plan To Build 13-B Manila Bay Airport

    Sen. Cynthia Villar appealed to the incoming administration of president-elect Rodrigo Duterte not to pursue the proposed reclamation of Manila Bay as a site for a new international airport.

    Villar, a known advocate of environmental protection, said the reclamation of Manila Bay would destroy the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Eco-Tourism Area (LPPCHEA). On March 16, 2012 Villar filed before the Supreme Court a petition or writ of kalikasan.

    "I appeal to president-elect Duterte to look beyond the claim of decongesting existing airports and realize that the planned reclamation ...

  • Saving Manilas Last Mangrove Forest

    Saving Manilas Last Mangrove Forest

    A year ago, I didn't know much about the Philippines. I didn't know that it is among the 10 most biologically diverse countries on the planet, or that metropolitan Manila is the 11th most populous metro area in the world. I couldn't utter a word of any of the almost 180 native languages spoken throughout the archipelago.

    And I had no idea how precariously the island nation's natural environment hangs in the balance.

    My visit to Manila coincided with a beach cleanup hosted by Save Freedom Island Movement, a volunteer group working tirelessly to preserve and protect the last remaining mang ...