The Enchanted River of Hinatuan town is Surigao del Sur’s hidden gem.
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'Enchanted River' is real, but it's not Pasig River
Ratziel San Juan (Philstar.com) - March 27, 2020 - 5:37pm

MANILA, Philippines — If anyone needed to hear it, the trending “Enchanted River” making rounds on social media is indeed real, but it’s not the Pasig River as implied by a Thursday post which has been shared over a thousand times as of writing.

“Pasig river during this quarantine...Thank you po tatay digong (President Rodrigo Duterte),” a Twitter user posted with a heart emoji, possibly as satire spoofing viral but incomplete observations about Philippine landmarks like the Sierra Madre and Manila Bay alleged to be visibly cleaner due to the Luzon-wide quarantine in effect.

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Whether it was a joke or not, netizens have pointed out that the scenic river featured in the video is not in Pasig, but a popular destination in Surigao Del Sur called the “Enchanted River.”

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Fact-checking organization First Draft includes satire or parody among its seven types of mis- and disinformation due to its "potential to fool" despite meaning no harm. 

Here’s a closer look at the Enchanted River in Mindanao. 

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