16 Jun 2011

Driving Directions To Cirque Du Soleil's VAREKAI

  • 16 Jun 2011
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  • Varekai, a world class touring acrobatic production of Cirque Du Soleil is now in Manila. Performances are scheduled to be held from June 22 to July 24, 2011 at Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park.

    Here's how to get to the site from different parts of Metro Manila by car:

    Route #1

    From Alabang, Muntinlupa, Sucat, Festival Mall, Metropolis Starmall and other areas near to these vicinities.

    Take northbound lane of either Skyway or Osmena Highway aka South Super Highway. Major repair of Buendia-Osmena flyover is on-going so you must avoid that area. My suggestion is to exit Skyway in Magallanes and turn left on EDSA.

    Drive all the way to Roxas Boulevard, the road where a flyover passes through. Turn right onto Roxas Boulevard and drive all the way to Rizal Park. You will pass through Roxas Boulevard-Gil Puyat flyover and cross four intersections with traffic lights before you get to Rizal Park. These intersections are Pablo Ocampo, Quirino Avenue, Pedro Gil and UN Avenue. Rizal Park is next to UN Avenue. It is bordered by the next intersection with traffic lights. This intersection is Kalaw, if you turn right, and Katigbak Drive aka South Drive, if you turn left.

    After crossing UN Avenue, change lane to the left and turn left on Katigbak aka South Drive. Quirino Grandstand stands approximately 330 meters from Roxas Boulevard. Just follow the road as it turns right. Parking spaces abound around the area.

    Route #2

    From NAIA Terminal 3 and Newport Resort World Manila.

    Take Resort Drive from Resort World Manila and Newport City and turn right onto Andrews Avenue, the main road between NAIA-3 and Resort World Complex. Coming from NAIA-3, take Andrews Avenue and make a U-Turn to take the opposite lane.

    Drive on Andrew Avenue. Pass through the big rotunda with giant sculpture and turn right again to the extension of Andrews Avenue. Stay on Andrews Avenue all the way to Roxas Boulevard, crossing respectively these intersections with traffic lights: Aurora Boulevard aka Tramo, Domestic Road, and Quirino Avenue.

    Turn right onto Roxas Boulevard and drive all the way to Rizal Park. You will pass through two flyovers in Roxas Boulevard, EDSA-Roxas flyover and Gil Puyat-Roxas Boulevard flyover. You will also cross four intersections with traffic lights before you get to Rizal Park, namely, CCP Complex/Ocampo Street, Quirino Avenue, Pedro Gil Street and UN Avenue. After crossing UN Avenue, change lane to the left and turn left on South Drive also known as Katigbak Drive.

    The road turns right and Quirino Grandstand stands after the turn approximately 330 meters from Roxas Boulevard. Parking areas abound around the area.

    Route #3

    From Cavite, Tagaytay, Naic, Kawit, Bacoor, and other areas nearby.

    Take either Aguinaldo Hi-way or the new Cavitex and drive towards Coastal Road. Stay to the middle of Coastal Road past NAIA Road until road name becomes Roxas Boulevard. Stay to the middle of Roxas Boulevard and drive all the way to Rizal Park. Last intersection with traffic lights that you will have to cross bears the sign that read UN Avenue. After crossing UN Avenue, turn left on the next intersection which is Katigbak Drive aka South Drive. Its opposite road to the right is Kalaw. Quirino Grandstand is located after South Drive turns to right approximately 330 meters from Roxas Boulevard. There are ample parking spaces around the area.

    Route #4

    From Fort Bonifacio Global City, Market Market, High Street, Forbes Park, McKinley Road, and other areas nearby.

    Take the south lane of 5th Avenue, one of the prominent main roads inside Fort Bonifacio Global City. 5th Avenue becomes Lawton Avenue. Stay to the middle of Lawton Avenue and drive all the way until you cross Osmena Highway via Osmena Highway-Lawton Drive Overpass. Lawton Avenue becomes Sales Road, and it now runs under the elevated NAIA-3 Exit ramp of Skyway. Soon, Sales Road turns right, and it becomes Andrews Avenue.

    Drive all the way on Andrews Avenue, passing through a big rotunda where a giant sculpture is erected. Andrews Avenue becomes Airport Road and it ends up in Roxas Boulevard. Before you get to Roxas Boulevard, you would have crossed three intersections with traffic lights, namely, Aurora Boulevard aka Tramo, Domestic Road and Quirino Avenue. Turn right onto Roxas Boulevard and drive all the way to Rizal Park, passing through two flyovers, EDSA-Roxas flyover and Gil Puyat-Roxas Boulevard flyover, and crossing four intersections with traffic lights, namely, CCP Complex/Ocampo Street, Quirino Avenue, Pedro Gil Street and UN Avenue.

    Turn left on the intersection next to UN Avenue to get to Quirino Grandstand. There are lots of parking areas in the vicinity.

    Route #5

    From Rockwell Center Makati.

    First Option. Take Estrella and turn right onto EDSA. Stay on EDSA all the way to Roxas Boulevard, the intersection with flyover after the last station of MRT-3. Turn right onto Roxas Boulevard and drive all the way to Rizal Park. After crossing the fourth intersection with traffic lights which is United Nations Avenue, turn left on the next intersection to get to Quirino Grandstand.

    Second Option. For those who avoid traffic in EDSA. Take the west lane of JP Rizal. West lane is the one nearest to the edge of the Pasig River. Drive past Makati Avenue all the way to the junction of Chino Roces/AP Reyes Avenue. There's a McDonald's Store at the corner of JP Rizal and AP Reyes. Turn right onto AP Reyes and make a U-turn and then turn right back to JP Rizal.

    Stay to the middle of JP Rizal until road name change to Tejeron at the area where a Puregold is situated to the left. Tejeron ends up in Pedro Gil Street. Turn left on Pedro Gil and right onto President Quirino Avenue. Immediately, change lane to the leftmost and turn left on Quirino Avenue Extension. From Quirino Avenue Extension, turn left on United Nations Avenue. Drive all the way to Roxas Boulevard where UN Avenue ends. Turn right onto Roxas Boulevard and turn left on the next intersection with traffic lights which is Katigbak Drive aka South Drive. Quirino Grandstand shows up as the road turns right. Parking spaces abound around the area.

    Route #6

    From Eastwood City Libis.

    First, turn right onto Eulogio Rodriguez Jr Avenue aka C-5 from Eastwood City Complex. Then, make a U-Turn underneath the flyover to get to the south bound lane of C-5. Take the south lane of C-5 aka Eulogio Rodriguez Jr Avenue, cross Ortigas Avenue via Ortigas-C5 flyover and turn right onto Julia Vargas Avenue.

    Turn left on San Miguel Avenue. Turn right onto Shaw Boulevard, the road where San Miguel Avenue ends, and take Shaw-EDSA flyover to get to the other side of EDSA. Stay to the middle of Shaw Boulevard west bound lane and drive all the way and turn left on one way Old Sta Mesa Road, the road opposite N Domingo Street which is to the right. Drive on Old Sta Mesa past two T intersections to the left, and then make a U-Turn onto Valenzuela Street, a road intersecting Old Sta Mesa in an inverted Y-Intersection. Note: You can make a shortcut to Valenzuela Street from Old Sta Mesa by passing through Prince Court Hotel driveway. You will notice lots of motorists turning left onto the hotel. Drivers give one peso to an employee of the hotel in-charge at the driveway. Upon exit of the hotel driveway, turn left and then change lane to the right. Next T-intersection to the right is Paco-Sta Mesa Road, where Sta Mesa Bridge is located. Turn right onto Paco-Sta Mesa Road, pass through Sta Mesa Bridge and take the flyover next to the bridge.

    After passing through the flyover, next junction bears the sign of Quirino Avenue. Turn right onto Quirino Avenue and immediately make a U-Turn at the next intersection (Zamora) to get to the other side of Quirino Avenue. President Quirino Avenue bends to the right. Next intersection with traffic lights is Quirino Avenue EXTENSION which is connected to President Quirino Avenue by Plaza Dilao Road. Turn right onto Plaza Dilo Road and then go right at Quirino Avenue Extension.

    Stay on Quirino Avenue Extension all the way to the junction where five roads meet - Quirino Avenue Extension, Guanzon, Cristobal (north), United Nations Avenue, and Cristobal (South). Turn left on United Nations Avenue and drive all the way to its other end which is in Roxas Boulevard. Turn right onto Roxas Boulevard and finally, turn left on the next intersection with traffic lights which is Katigbak Drive aka South Drive. Quirino Grandstand is located approximately 330 meters from Roxas Boulevard.

    Route #7

    From SM Mall of Asia.

    You can either come from Seaside Boulevard, the road at the back of SM MOA, or Jose Diokno Boulevard, the road at the front of SM MOA. Either way, take the north bound lane. Seaside Boulevard turns right. Diokno intersects Seaside Boulevard. From Diokno turn right onto Seaside Boulevard.

    From Seaside Boulevard, turn left on Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, the main road where Seaside Boulevard ends. Stay to the middle of Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard and cross Gil Puyat Avenue Extension. Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard ends up in Gil Puyat. Road name becomes Magdalena Jalandoni which ends up in Pedro Bukaneg. Turn right onto Bukaneg and then turn left on Roxas Boulevard.

    Drive all the way to Rizal Park, crossing three intersections with traffic lights, namely, President Quirino Avenue, Pedro Gil Street and United Nations Avenue aka UN Avenue. Turn left on the road next to UN Avenue which is South Drive aka Katigbak Drive to get to Quirino Grandstand.

    Route #8

    From Greenhills and nearby areas.

    Take the west lane of Ortigas Avenue and turn left on Santolan Road. Santolan Road becomes Pinaglabanan after crossing P. Guevara Street. Pinaglabana ends up in N. Domingo Street. Turn left on N. Domingo Street. Drive all the way on N. Domingo, crossing T-Intersection of Araneta Avenue and main intersection of V. Mapa Boulevard. After crossing V. Mapa intersection, road name becomes Old Sta Mesa Road.

    Drive on Old Sta Mesa past two T intersections to the left, and then make a U-Turn onto Valenzuela Street, a road intersecting Old Sta Mesa in an inverted Y. Note: You can make a shortcut to Valenzuela Street by passing through Prince Court Hotel driveway. You will notice lots of motorists turning left onto the hotel. Drivers give one peso to an employee of the hotel in-charge at the driveway. Upon exit of the hotel driveway, turn left and then change lane to the right. Next T-intersection to the right is Paco-Sta Mesa Road, where Sta Mesa Bridge is located. Turn right onto Paco-Sta Mesa Road, pass through Sta Mesa Bridge and take the flyover next to the bridge.

    After passing through the flyover, next junction bears the sign of Quirino Avenue. Turn right onto Quirino Avenue and immediately make a U-Turn at the next intersection (Zamora) to get to the other side of Quirino Avenue. President Quirino Avenue bends to the right. Next intersection with traffic light is Quirino Avenue Extension which is connected to President Quirino Avenue by Plaza Dilao Road. Turn right onto Plaza Dilao Road and then go right at Quirino Avenue Extension.

    Stay on Quirino Avenue Extension all the way to the junction where five roads meet - Quirino Avenue Extension, Guanzon, Cristobal (north), United Nations Avenue, and Cristobal (South). Turn left on United Nations Avenue and drive all the way to its opposite end which is in Roxas Boulevard. Turn right onto Roxas Boulevard and finally, turn left on the next intersection with traffic lights which is Katigbak Drive aka South Drive. Quirino Grandstand is located approximately 330 meters from Roxas Boulevard.

    Route #9

    From Araneta Center Cubao.

    Quezon Avenue intersecting Araneta Avenue will be closed to all private vehicles starting June 20, 2011. Take Aurora Boulevard's west lane, cross EDSA, and take E. Rodriguez Sr Avenue. Drive all the way to the other end of E. Rodriguez Sr Avenue which is located in Welcome or Mabuhay Rotunda. Turn right onto Quezon Avenue and make a U-Turn to get to the other side. Drive towards Espana Boulevard past Mabuhay Rotunda. Drive all the way to Lerma where Espana Boulevard ends. You will pass by UST. Turn right onto Lerma and left onto Quezon Boulevard Underpass to get to Quiapo. Cross Pasig River via Quezon Bridge.

    Quezon Boulevard bends to the left at Lawton and road name changes to Padre Burgos. After crossing an intersection with traffic lights, Padre Burgos bends to the right. And Lagusnilad Underpass appears to the left. Avoid the Underpass, take Padre Burgos Street. Cross Finance Road, General Luna Street and Palacio Street intersections, all with traffic lights. Next main intersection is Roxas Boulevard to the left and Bonifacio Drive to the right. Cross this intersection to get to Quirino Grandstand which is visible as the road turns left. There are lots of parking areas available around the area.

    Route #10

    From SM North EDSA and Trinoma.

    Quezon Avenue intersecting Araneta Avenue will be closed to all private vehicles starting June 20, 2011 to give way to the construction of Quezon Avenue Underpass.

    Take West Avenue and turn right onto Del Monte Avenue. Turn left on A. Bonifacio Avenue and right onto Blumentritt. Turn left on Aurora Boulevard and then turn right onto Dimasalang.

    Next main intersection is Lacson. Cross Lacson Avenue and take Laon Laan, the road opposite Dimasalang. Turn left on Quezon Boulevard and drive all the way to Quiapo, passing through Quezon Underpass. Cross Pasig River via Quezon Bridge.

    Quezon Boulevard bends to the left at Lawton and road name changes to Padre Burgos. After crossing intersection with traffic lights, Padre Burgos bends to the right. And Lagusnilad Underpass appears to the left. Avoid the Underpass, take Padre Burgos Street. Cross Finance Road, General Luna Street and Palacio Street intersections, all with traffic lights. Next main intersection is Roxas Boulevard to the left and Bonifacio Drive to the right. Cross this intersection to get to Quirino Grandstand which visible as the road turns left. There are lots of parking areas available around the area.

    Route #11

    From Pampanga, Bulacan, Subic, Zambalez and other parts of Norther Luzon.

    Take NLEX and head towards Manila. NLEX ends up in Balintawak Cloverleaf interchange which is in EDSA. Road continues by the name of A. Bonifacio Avenue. So, just drive on NLEX and cross EDSA under EDSA flyover and then continue driving on A. Bonifacio Avenue. Drive on A. Bonifacio Avenue up to its southern end which is in Blumentritt. Turn right onto Blumentritt. Turn left on Aurora Boulevard aka Maceda and then turn right onto Dimasalang.

    Next main intersection is Lacson. Cross Lacson Avenue and take Laon Laan, the road opposite Dimasalang. Turn left on Quezon Boulevard and drive all the way to Quiapo, passing through Quezon Underpass. Cross Pasig River via Quezon Bridge.

    Quezon Boulevard bends to the left at Lawton and road name changes to Padre Burgos. After crossing intersection with traffic lights, Padre Burgos bends to the right. And Lagusnilad Underpass appears to the left. Avoid the Underpass, take Padre Burgos Street. Cross Finance Road, General Luna Street and Palacio Street intersections, all with traffic lights. Next main intersection is Roxas Boulevard to the left and Bonifacio Drive to the right. Cross this intersection to get to Quirino Grandstand which visible as the road turns left. There are lots of parking areas available around the area.


    Location Map of Quirino Grandstand


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