21 Jun 2011
Aside from Biak na Bato, you can also take Sto. Domingo Avenue to get to Dapitan Street on your way to Espana, UST, Morayta, Quezon Boulevard and Quiapo.
Sto Domingo Avenue is more prominent and with more vehicles passing through it. The only problem in Sto Domingo and Del Monte Avenue intersection is the traffic lights with no left turn signal. The best thing to do to take Sto Domingo is to turn right onto its northern direction and then make a U-Turn to get back towards Del Monte. Go cross Del Monte Avenue.
Now, you're taking Sto Domingo's south bound lane. After passing by a T-intersection to the left, a T-intersection to the right and a cross intersection, you must cross main intersection of N.S. Amoranto Avenue.
After N.S. Amoranto, you will cross seven more small intersections, namely Macopa, Don Manuel Agregado, Samat, Calamba, Atok, Simoun and Tirad Pass before you cross another main intersection which is Maria Clara.
Dapitan Street is next to Maria Clara. It's a T-intersection to the right of Sto Domingo Avenue. Turn right onto Dapitan. Drive all the way and traverse the approximate 3.2 kilometer distance of Dapitan from Sto Domingo to Quezon Boulevard. You will cross dozens of small streets and seven main intersections, namely Banawe Ave, D. Tuazon, Mayon Avenue, Blumentritt, Maceda, Vicente G. Cruz and Lacson Avenue before you get to Quezon Boulevard. Lacson Avenue, the last road to cross is wide and with large center island. After crossing Lacson Avenue, you will cross few small roads before you approach the wide Quezon Boulevard.
Important reminder: Quezon Boulevard is Alfonso Mendoza Street. You wouldn't see any Quezon Boulevard signs anywhere in the intersection. Our authorities refer to this road as Quezon Boulevard even if the signs along this road read Alfonso Mendoza Street. In Google Map, you will see that the northern portion of this road is Alfonso Mendoza while the southern part which is towards Central Market and Lerma is named Quezon Boulevard.
As you approach Quezon Boulevard aka Alfonso Mendoza Street, you will notice that Dapitan Street is diagonal to Quezon Boulevard. A Shell Station is situated along Alfonso Mendoza aka Quezon Boulevard opposite Dapitan Street that serves as landmark for motorists. Turn left on Quezon Boulevard aka Alfonso Mendoza to get to Quiapo and onto your destinations, e.g. Lawton, Intramuros, Manila City Hall, SM City Manila, Rizal Park, National Museum, Manila Hotel, Quirino Grandstand, Manila Ocean Park, US Embassy, Ermita, Robinson's Place Mall, Roxas Boulevard, Central Bank, CCP Complex, SM Mall of Asia, etc.
Are you learning some routes so far? Watch out for more alternative routes from me. Stay tuned.
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