27 Oct 2011

How To Get To Dangwa Flower Market By Commuting

  • 27 Oct 2011
  • Lagalag


  • Dangwa Flower Market
    Dangwa Market, as popularly called by many to refer to the fresh flower market in Sampaloc, Manila where supplies come from various flower havens of the Philippines such as La Trinidad, Tagaytay City, Davao City, Laguna, etc., as well as imported from major sources of flowers outside the country such as Thailand and Holland, is situated at crossroads where three prominent city streets meet - Lacson Avenue, Dimasalang Street and Laon Laan Street. Because of this, commuting to the flower center of Metro Manila is relatively easy.





    The nearest LRT station, commute wise, is LRT-1 Tayuman Station. That means you can go to this place in a breeze from any point of MRT-3 as well, e.g. Santolan, Ortigas, Shaw, Boni, Guadalupe, Buendia, Ayala Center and Magallanes. Just alight at Taft Station, ride another train at LRT-1 EDSA Station and alight at Tayuman Station. You only need to take one short jeepney ride and you're ready to go. Details below. Needless to say, you can get here via train from both ends of LRT-1 - Baclaran Station and Roosevelt Station. So, if you're from Libertad in Pasay, Gil Puyat, Vito Cruz, Quirino Avenue in Malate, Pedro Gil Taft, U.N. Avenue, SM City Manila, Carriedo, Monumento, 5th Avenue Rizal Avenue, Jose Abad Santos-Rizal Avenue, Monumento or Balintawak, and you need to get here quickly, just ride the LRT-1 and alight at Tayuman Station.





    Below are simple ways on how to commute to Dangwa Flower Market:

    Route #1

    From LRT-1 Tayuman Station

    Ride a jeepney with "Espana Lardizabal" sign at their terminal in Tayuman corner Felix Huertas Street. Walk along Tayuman from LRT towards east, third street from Rizal Avenue (Avenida) is Felix Huertas. This jeep will pass by SM City San Lazaro before it will cross two intersections along Lacson Avenue. Get off the jeep at the third main intersection where a road sign that reads "Laong Laan" is attached to traffic lights. Cross Lacson Avenue. Walk along either Dimasalang or Laon Laan until you get to the next corner which is next to Chowking. That's Dangwa. See Map below

    Manila Flower Center
    Route #2

    From E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue in Quezon City. This route can also be taken from Cubao by jeep.





    Ride a jeepney with "Quiapo Welcome Rotonda" sign. Alight at Lacson Avenue, the wide road that borders UST. Ride another jeepney with "Tayuman SM San Lazaro" sign at their terminal along Lacson Avenue near corner Espana. Alight at fourth intersection with traffic lights where a road sign that reads "Dimasalang" is attached. Before Dimasalang, the jeep passes by three intersections - Florentino, Margal and Dapitan. Dangwa Flower Market is next to Chowking along Laon Laan. See map below.

    Dangwa Fresh Flower Market
    Route #3

    From Baclaran by jeep. This route can also be taken from Pasay City Hall, Harrison Street, OWWA, Harison Plaza and Mabini. Note: There's also jeepney route from Baclaran and Pasay Rotonda that plies Taft Avenue. So, if you don't want to ride a train or you're not in a hurry, you can ride a jeepney beneath LRT-1. The jeepney sign in its front should be "Dapitan Dimasalang" or "Blumentritt Dimasalang"

    Ride a jeepney with "Blumentritt Dimasalang" or "Dapitan Dimasalang" sign. This jeepney passes by Dangwa Flower Market. Just ask the driver to drop you off the location. But it would be easy if you know some landmarks. You can get there with the driver's assistance. The jeep passes by Quiapo, then Quezon Boulevard Underpass before it turn right onto Laon Laan. Next main intersection along Laon Laan is Lacson Avenue, a wide road. A road sign that reads "Lacson Avenue" is attached to the traffic lights in Lacson Avenue. After the jeep crosses Lacson, alight at the next corner after Chowking. There you get to see Dangwa easily. See Map below.

    Route #4

    From Manila City Hall and SM City Manila.

    Ride a jeepney with "Arroceros Dimasalang Dapitan Blumentritt" wordings on both sides of its body and "Dapitan Dimasalang" or "Blumentritt Dimasalang" sign in front. You can ride this jeepney outside SM City Manila and beneath LRT elevated track. The jeep passes by Quiapo, then Quezon Boulevard Underpass before it turns right onto Laon Laan. Next main intersection along Laon Laan is Lacson Avenue, a wide road. A road sign that reads "Lacson Avenue" is attached to the traffic lights in Lacson Avenue. After the jeep crosses Lacson, alight at the next corner after Chowking. There you get to see Dangwa easily. See map below.

    Route #5

    From Lerma and Nicanor Reyes Street formerly Morayta.

    Use the pedestrian overpass and go to P. Campa Street, the road between McDonald's and KFC. Ride on the jeepney with "P. Campa Dimasalang Blumentritt" wordings on both sides of the body and "Blumentritt" or "Dapitan" sign in front. It will pass by the exact location of Dangwa. After the jeep crosses Lacson, alight at the next corner after Chowking. There you get to see Dangwa easily. See Map below.

    Route #6

    From Fairview, UP Ayala Technohub, UP Diliman, Philcoa, Quezon City Hall, Elliptical Road and any point along Quezon Avenue.

    Ride a jeepney with "Quiapo" or "Pedro Gil" sign. Get off the jeepney at Lacson Avenue, the road that borders UST. Ride another jeepney with "Tayuman SM San Lazaro" sign at their terminal along Lacson Avenue near corner Espana. Alight at fourth intersection with traffic lights where a road sign that reads "Dimasalang" is attached. Before Dimasalang, the jeep passes by three intersections - Florentino, Margal and Dapitan. Dangwa Flower Market is next to Chowking along Laon Laan or Dimasalang Streets. See Map below.

    Route #7

    From Project 6, SM City North EDSA and Trinoma by jeepney. This is not advisable especially during peak hours and now that Araneta Avenue Quezon Ave Underpass is under construction. The fastest way is to ride a train bound for Baclaran at LRT-1 Roosevelt Station and follow Route #1.




    Ride a jeep bound for Quiapo. Alight at Lacson Avenue, the road that borders UST. Ride another jeepney with "Tayuman SM San Lazaro" sign at their terminal along Lacson Avenue near corner Espana. Alight at fourth intersection with traffic lights where a road sign that reads "Dimasalang" is attached. Before Dimasalang, the jeep passes by three intersections - Florentino, Margal and Dapitan. Dangwa Flower Market is next to Chowking along Laon Laan and Dimasalang streets. See Map below.

    Route #8

    From Munoz - Roosevelt area by jeepney ride. This is not advisable if you're in a rush. Traffic along the route is heavy. It will take you too long to get to Dangwa. Use this only if you're not in a hurry and you don't want to ride a train. Traffic is caused by Araneta Avenue-Quezon Avenue Underpass on-going construction. If you prefer fast route, ride a train bound for Baclaran at LRT-1 Roosevelt Station, alight at Tayuman Station and follow direction at Route #1.

    There are two jeepney routes from Munoz. You can opt to ride a jeepney bound for Quiapo via Espana at the terminal along Roosevelt near corner EDSA. Alight at Lacson Avenue, the road that borders UST. Follow direction at Route #2.

    Another route is via A. Bonifacio Avenue. Ride a jeepney bound for Sta. Cruz at its terminal in San Antonio Ext. corner Roosevelt. Just walk from EDSA towards Del Monte. San Antonio is the road next to EDSA along Roosevelt. You must buy ticket first before riding the jeep. Ticket seller is located across the jeepney terminal. Ask driver to drop you off at the corner of Aurora Blvd corner Blumentritt. Walk across Blumentritt and ride a jeepney bound for Quiapo at the terminal along Aurora Blvd near corner Blumentritt. You must first buy plastic token before you ride the jeep. The jeep will turn right onto Dimasalang Street. Alight before Lacson Avenue. Dangwa Flower Market is situated approximately 30 meters before Lacson Avenue. See Map below.

    Route #9

    From Novaliches and areas along the way - by jeepney. Alternatively, you can get off the jeepney in Balintawak and ride a train at LRT-1 Balintawak Station, alight at Tayuman Station and follow direction in Route #1. If you prefer past route, take the train.




    Ride a jeepney bound for Blumentritt. Get off the jeep at the corner of Blumentritt and Aurora Blvd. The best time to ask driver for assistance is when the jeep turns right onto Blumentritt from the long stretch of A. Bonifacio Avenue. Your landmark in Blumentritt and A. Bonifacio junction is the Manila North Cemetery and Chinese General Hospital. Aurora Blvd is first main intersection with traffic lights after the jeep turns right from A. Bonifacio. Walk across Blumentritt and ride a jeepney bound for Quiapo at the terminal along Aurora Blvd near corner Blumentritt. You must first buy plastic token before you ride the jeep. The jeep will turn right onto Dimasalang Street. Alight before Lacson Avenue. Dangwa Flower Market is situated approximately 30 meters before Lacson Avenue. See Map below.

    Route #10

    From Project 2-3, Kamuning, Kamias, Tomas Morato and Timog by jeepney.

    Ride a jeepney with "Quiapo" sign along Kamias, Kamuning and Tomas Morato. The jeepney will turn left on Tomas Morato then take E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue. If you're in Tomas Morato Avenue, walk towards Kamuning or ride a jeepney with "Project 2-3" and alight at Kamuning, then ride "Quiapo" jeep. From Timog, the area between Tomas Morato and Quezon Avenue, ride a jeep with "Project 2-3" sign, alight at Kamuning and ride jeep with "Quiapo" sign. From E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, the jeep will take Espana via Welcome Rotonda. Alight at Lacson Avenue, the road that borders UST. Ride another jeepney with "Tayuman SM San Lazaro" sign at their terminal along Lacson Avenue near corner Espana. Alight at fourth intersection with traffic lights where a road sign that reads "Dimasalang" is attached. Before Dimasalang, the jeep passes by three intersections - Florentino, Margal and Dapitan. Dangwa Flower Market is next to Chowking along Laon Laan and Dimasalang streets.

    From other locations

    Dangwa Market
    You can get to Dangwa Flower Market and Manila Flower Center from other locations within Metro Manila by first going to the nearest spot indicated here, then follow the routes from there. For example, if you're from Marikina or Sta. Lucia East, ride a jeep to Araneta Center Cubao where you take either train ride (Route #1) or jeepney ride (Route #2). From Alabang, ride a jeepney to Pasay Rotonda and ride train at LRT EDSA Station (Route #1). From Sucat, get to Baclaran (Route #3). From Pasig Palengke, you can go directly to Quiapo by jeep with "Quiapo" sign and ride a jeepney bound for Dapitan from Manila City Hall or Pasay Rotonda (Route #4) or take two train rides (Route #1).

    Location Map Dangwa Flower Market and Manila Flower Center. Click each marker for more details.
    Read more...



    24 Oct 2011

    Araneta Center Provincial Bus Terminal

  • 24 Oct 2011
  • Lagalag



  • The new Araneta Center Provincial Bus Terminal/Station is conveniently located in the middle of Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City, along Times Square Avenue which is the road between ShopWise (formerly Fiesta Carnival) and SuperStore Arcade. Because of its excellent location, going there is not only comfortable, but safe and fast as well. From LRT-2 Araneta Center Cubao Station, passengers need only to enter the posh Gateway Mall which is connected to the train station. Walk towards the opposite end which is connected to Araneta Coliseum, exit to the left, walk across General Aguinaldo Street, head to the back of ShopWise, and right there is the Provincial Bus Terminal. From MRT-3 Araneta Center Cubao Station, get inside Farmers Plaza which is also connected to the train station, walk towards the footbridge that connects Farmers Plaza to Araneta Coliseum, exit to the other side of the coliseum, walk across General Aguinaldo Avenue, go to the back of ShopWise where the terminal is located. From Fairview, ride a jeep bound for Araneta Center, alight at Superstore Arcade (next to Ali Mall along General Romulo Avenue) and go to the other side of Superstore Arcade. From Eastwood City in Libis, Rosario, Tiendesitas, C-5 corner Ortigas Avenue, just ride a jeepney with "Cubao Araneta Center" sign in C-5 or Ortigas Avenue Extension and get off the jeep at Alimall then walk to Times Square Avenue. See location map below.

    Below are destinations of provincial buses that served commuters from Araneta Center Provincial Bus Terminal:
    Araneta Center Provincial Bus Station Cubao

    Gubat, Bukusan, Sorsogon

    Calbayog, Matnogan, Catbalogan

    Legazpi, Tabaco

    Bohol, Ubay, Tagbilaran

    Iriga, Legazpi, Tabaco

    Naga, Daraga, Sorsogon

    Legazpi, Tabaco, Pier, Bacacay, Tiwi

    Gubat, Naga, Daraga

    Iriga, Nabua, Sorsogon, Legazpi

    Tiwi, Malinao, Naga Terminal, Legazpi, Tabaco

    Masbate, Cataingan

    San Jose, Bulalacao

    Mindoro via Calapan, Mansalay Roxas
    Passengers wait for their turn to ride bus bound for their respective destinations



    Araneta Center Provincial Bus Terminal Location Map
    Read more...



    7 Oct 2011

    How To Get To DFA Office of Consular Affairs By Car

  • 7 Oct 2011
  • Lagalag


  • For commute guide to DFA, please go to:
    How To Get To DFA Office Of Consular Affairs Via Bus Or MRT/LRT Train.

    If you're going to DFA for passport application or renewal, the exact address is DFA Office of Consular Affairs, Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard corner Bradco Avenue, Paranaque City. Yes, its under the jurisdiction of Paranaque. It's just near to Paranaque-Pasay boundary.

    There's a pay parking area located at the other corner of Bradco and Macapagal opposite DFA.

    In this guide are driving directions from different parts of Metro Manila to DFA. But before that, please familiarize yourself with four main thoroughfares through which you can drive on your way to DFA depending on where you'll be coming from:

    Four Road Directions Headed To DFA


    Direction #1 - Via EDSA

    Take EDSA's southbound lane all the way to Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, passing by MRT-3 Magallanes Station and the last station which is Taft, and passing under Roxas Boulevard flyover that crosses EDSA. Next main intersection with traffic lights after Roxas Boulevard is Macapagal Blvd. You must change lane to the left immediately after the U-Turn slot next to Roxas Boulevard. Turn left on Macapagal Boulevard. First main intersection with traffic lights along Macapagal Boulevard is Bradco. DFA is to the left but there's no left turn from Macapagal to Bradco. Turn right onto wide Bradco Avenue, then make a U-Turn, and go cross Macapagal Boulevard. To the right corner is the pay parking entrance. To the left corner is the DFA Office of the Consular Affairs building.

    Direction #2 - Via Roxas Boulevard

    Take Roxas Boulevards's south bound lane all the way past Baclaran Redemptorist Church and turn right onto the wide road to the right of Roxas Boulevard called Bradco Avenue. Macapagal Boulevard is the first main intersection with traffic lights from Roxas Blvd. To the right corner is the DFA. To the left corner is the entrance to the pay parking area. There's no center island on Bradco Avenue. Just carefully make a left towards the parking entrance.

    Direction #3 - Via NAIA Road aka MIA Road

    Cross Roxas Boulevard and turn right onto Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard. First main intersection along Macapagal Boulevard is Aseana Avenue. Next to it is Bradco Avenue. Simply turn right onto Bradco Avenue and enter the Parking Area. Opposite, to the other corner is the building of DFA Office of Consular Affairs.

    Direction #4 - Via Pablo Ocampo Sr. and CCP Complex

    From Pablo Ocampo Sr Street aka Vito Cruz, cross Roxas Boulevard to take CCP Complex. Drive all the way past CCP Theater until you get to the Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas (Folk Arts Theater) building. Go left on the road that goes to PICC which is located along Vicente Sotto Street. Turn left again on Vicente Sotto. Turn right onto next street which is Magdalena Jaloandoni. Drive all the way to DFA. Magdalena Jalandoni becomes Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard after it crosses Gil Puyat Avenue where World Trade Center is situated to the left corner. First main crossing with traffic lights is EDSA where Petron Station and Blue Wave Macapagal is located to the right corner. Go cross EDSA, drive all the way until the main intersection with traffic lights of Bradco Avenue. DFA is to the left corner. No let turn to Bradco. Turn right onto Bradco, then make a U-Turn, cross Macapagal and enter the Pay Parking Entrance to the right corner of Bradco and Macapagal.

    Driving Directions From Different Locations


    Route #1

    From Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela and areas nearby including Monumento via Jose Abad Santos Avenue.

    Take Jose Abad Santos Avenue, all the way crossing Recto Avenue. Road name becomes Reina Regente after Recto Avenue. Stay on Reina Regente until you get to Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz. Go with the flow of one way traffic in Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz by going right theh immediately left. You're now in one way Juan LUna Street. Follow direction of public jeepneys, turning left on San Vicente Street, the road next to Dasmarinas Street, then turn right onto Jones Bridge. Drive all the way along Padre Burgos, the road connected to Jones Bridge that crosses Pasig River. Cross main intersection with traffic lights where Manila City Hall is situated to the left. Stay on P. Burgos, avoid Lagusnilad Tunnel. Padre Burgos bends to the right. Turn left on Roxas Boulevard and drive all the way until you get to CCP Complex with road sign reads CCP Complex. Turn right onto CCP Complex and follow direction at Direction #4 above. Alternatively, you can take Roxas Boulevard all the way to DFA, just go cross CCP Complex and follow direction given in Direction #2 of Four Road Directions Headed To DFA.

    Route #2

    From Novaliches, Quirino Highway, Balintawak, Bagong Barrio, NLEX, A. Bonifacio Avenue and areas nearby. This is the route to take if you're driving from Bulacan, Pampanga and other provinces north of Metro Manila.

    Take NLEX if your from north of Metro Manila, e.g. Novaliches, Quirino Avenue, Pampanga, Bulacan, etc. Drive all the way past Cloverleaf Interchange in Balintawak until you traverse A. Bonifacio Avenue. From Bagong Barrio and Balintawak use the Cloverleaf to take A. Bonifacio Avenue. Stay to the middle of A. Bonifacio Avenue and drive all the way to its other end which is in Blumentritt where to the right corner of Blumentritt and A. Bonifacio is the Manila North Cemetery. Turn right onto Blumentritt. Change lane to the left of Blumentritt and drive past Dimasalang, a T-intersection to the left of Dimasalang, towards Aurora Boulevard road sign that you will immediately see. It's approximately 300 meters from A. Bonifacio to Aurora Boulevard. Make a sharp 'left turn' to wide Aurora Boulevard. In Aurora Boulevard, change your lane to the rightmost and turn right onto Dimasalang Street. Dimasalang ends up in Lacson Avenue. Next road to take is Laong Laan, the road to the other side of Lacson. Cross Lacson Avenue and take Laon Laan which ends in Alfonso Mendoza Street also known as Quezon Boulevard. Turn left on Alfonso Mendoza Street and drive all the way to Quiapo, passing through Quezon Boulevard Underpass. Cross Pasig River via Quezon Bridge and follow the road which becomes Padre Burgos as it bends to the left. Cross main intersection with traffic lights where Manila City Hall is situated to the left. Stay on P. Burgos, avoid Lagusnilad Tunnel. P. Burgos bends to the right. Turn left on Roxas Boulevard and drive all the way to Bradco Avenue. Follow direction given in Direction #2 of Four Road Directions Headed To DFA.

    Route #3

    From SM North EDSA, Trinoma, North Avenue, West Avenue, Del Monte and areas nearby.

    When the Araneta Avenue-Quezon Avenue is constructed, you can take West Avenue and Quezon Avenue and drive all the way to Quiapo.

    Since it's still being constructed, here's the alternate route. Turn right onto Del Monte Avenue, a T intersection to the right of West Avenue. Drive on Del Monte Avenue all the way and cross Gregorio Araneta Avenue and another intersection with traffic lights which is Sto. Domingo Street. Then turn left on the next street which is Biak na Bato. Cross main intersections of N.S. Amoranto Sr. Avenue and Maria Clara, respectively as well as small roads between them. Then, turn right onto Dapitan Street. Drive all the way on Dapitan down to its other end which is in Alfonso Mendoza Street which becomes Quezon Boulevard. Turn left on Alfonso Blvd and drive all the way to Quiapo passing through Quezon Boulevard underpass. For more detailed direction on this alternate route via Biak Na Bato from Del Monte, go to Quezon Ave-Araneta Ave Underpass: Alternative Routes Part 3

    From Quiapo, cross Pasig River via Quezon Bridge and follow the road which becomes Padre Burgos as it bends to the left. Cross main intersection with traffic lights where Manila City Hall is situated to the left. Stay on P. Burgos, avoid Lagusnilad Tunnel. P. Burgos bends to the right. Turn left on Roxas Boulevard and drive all the way to Bradco Avenue. Follow direction given in Direction #2 of Four Road Directions Headed To DFA.

    Route #4

    From Fairview, UP Diliman, UP Ayala Technohub, Elliptical Road, Philcoa, Commonwealth, Quezon City Hall and other areas nearby.

    When the construction of Quezon Avenue-Araneta Avenue is finished, you can drive all the way to Quiapo via Quezon Avenue, Espana, Lerma and Quezon Boulevard.

    Since it's still under construction, to avoid traffic you can use an alternate route. After passing through EDSA-Quezon Avenue Underpass, turn right onto Examiner Street. Drive all the way to West Avenue and turn left. In West Avenue, turn right onto Del Monte Avenue. Drive all the way to the other end of Del Monte which is in A. Bonifacio Avenue. Turn left on A. Bonifacio Avenue and drive all the way to where it ends which is in Blumentritt. Turn right onto Blumentritt. Change lane to the left of Blumentritt and drive past Dimasalang, a T-intersection to the left of Dimasalang, towards Aurora Boulevard road sign that you will immediately see. It's approximately 300 meters from A. Bonifacio to Aurora Boulevard. Make a sharp 'left turn' to wide Aurora Boulevard. In Aurora Boulevard, change your lane to the rightmost and turn right onto Dimasalang Street. Dimasalang ends up in Lacson Avenue. Next road to take is Laong Laan, the road to the other side of Lacson. Cross Lacson Avenue and take Laon Laan which ends in Alfonso Mendoza Street also known as Quezon Boulevard. Turn left on Alfonso Mendoza Street and drive all the way to Quiapo, passing through Quezon Boulevard Underpass. For complete and detailed explanation of this alternate route, go to Quezon Ave-Araneta Ave Underpass: Alternative Routes

    In Quiapo, cross Pasig River via Quezon Bridge and follow the road which becomes Padre Burgos as it bends to the left. Cross main intersection with traffic lights where Manila City Hall is situated to the left. Stay on P. Burgos, avoid Lagusnila Tunnel. P. Burgos bends to the right. Turn left on Roxas Boulevard and drive all the way until you get to CCP Complex with road sign that reads CCP Complex. Turn right onto CCP Complex to follow direction at Direction #4 of Four Road Directions Headed To DFA above. Alternatively, you can take Roxas Blvd. all the way to DFA, just follow Direction #2, but not on Wednesdays.

    Route #5

    From Cavite City, Tagaytay, Imus, Dasmarinas, and other areas in the province of Cavite.

    Take Cavitex and drive all the way to NAIA Road also known as MIA Road. Upon approach to NAIA Road, change your lane to the left then turn left on NAIA Road and turn right onto Diosdado Macapagal Blvd. Follow direction given at Direction #3 of Four Road Directions Headed To DFA above.

    Route #6

    From Sucat, Dr. Santos Avenue, SM Sucat, Ninoy Aquino Avenue, Imelda Avenue and areas near these thoroughfares.

    Take Dr. Santos Avenue and drive all the way without any turn up to to NAIA Road where the road ends. Turn left on NAIA Road, cross Roxas Boulevard and follow direction given at Direction #3 of Four Road Directions Headed To DFA above.

    Route #8

    From Alabang-Zapote Road.

    Take Coastal Road also known now as Cavitex all the way to NAIA Road. Upon approach to NAIA Road, change lane to the left and turn left on NAIA Road then turn right onto Diosdado Macapagal Blvd. Follow direction given in Direction #3 of Four Road Directions Headed To DFA above.

    Route #9

    From Rockwell, Bel-Air, Guadalupe, Greenbelt, Glorietta, Pasay Road aka Arnaiz Avenue, and other areas in Makati CBD.

    From Guadalupe, take EDSA's southbound lane. From Rockwell, take Estrella and turn right onto EDSA's southbound lane. From Bel-Air, take Gil Puyat Avenue and turn right onto EDSA. From Greenbelt and Glorietta, take Ayala, turn right onto EDSA, use Ayala Tunnel. From Pasay Road, turn right onto EDSA. Take EDSA's southbound lane all the way to Macapagal Blvd, follow direction in Direction #1 of Four Road Directions Headed To DFA above.

    Route #10

    From Kalentong in Mandaluyong, Tejeron, San Andres Bukid, Pedro Gil, Paco and nearby areas.

    Take Pedro Gil Street, then, take President Quirino Avenue's southbound lane by turning right onto Quirino and use the U-Turn in Plaza Dilaw. Drive all the way to Roxas Blvd. Turn left on Roxas Blvd and drive all the way to Baclaran except on Wednesdays. Follow Direction #2 given in Four Road Directions Headed To DFA above. On Wednesdays or whenever Roxas Blvd is traffic-clogged, use CCP Complex direction, just follow direction in Direction #4 given in Four Road Directions Headed To DFA above.

    Route 11

    From Old Sta. Mesa, SM City Sta. Mesa, N. Domingo in San Juan and nearby areas.

    From SM City Sta. Mesa, take Araneta Avenue and turn right onto N. Domingo Street. From N. Domingo Quezon City and N. Domingo San Juan including Pinaglabanan and Flying V Oil Arena San Juan, take N. Domingo's southbound lane. Drive on N. Domingo until road name change to Old Sta. Mesa. Drive on Old Sta Mesa crossing busy intersection with traffic lights called V. Mapa, 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. Turn right onto President Quirino Avenue and immediately make a U-Turn to take Pres. Quirino Avenue's southbound lane. Drive all the way to Roxas Blvd. Turn left on Roxas Blvd and drive all the way to Baclaran except on Wednesdays. Follow Direction #2 given in Four Road Directions Headed To DFA above. On Wednesdays or whenever Roxas Blvd is traffic-clogged, use CCP Complex direction, just follow direction in Direction #4 given in Four Road Directions Headed To DFA above.

    Route #12

    From Harrison Plaza, La Salle Taft, Estrada Street and nearby areas.

    From Estrada Street, left to Taft Avenue. From Taft Avenue in front of La Salle, take Taft southbond. Turn right onto Pablo Ocampo Street aka Vito Cruz. From Harrison Plaza and Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, take P. Ocampo. Drive all the way to Roxas Boulevard. Now, you have two options. Either turning left to Roxas Blvd and follow Directions #2 in Four Road Directions Headed To DFA above or cross Roxas Boulevard to take CCP Complex route, Direction #4, indicated in Four Road Directions Headed To DFA above. I personally prefer Roxas Blvd except on Wednesdays. There are no intersections with traffic lights, thanks to two flyovers, it's a continues drive. In Direction #4, you need to bear with the long wait on EDSA-Macapagal Boulevard.


    Department of Foreign Affairs Office of Consular Affairs (DFA OCA) Location Map
    Read more...



    4 Oct 2011

    How To Get To DFA Office Of Consular Affairs Via Bus Or MRT/LRT Train

  • 4 Oct 2011
  • Lagalag


  • If you are a passport applicant either first time or for renewal heading to DFA Office in Pasay City, you need to remember that the right address to go to is the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Office of Consular Affais which is exactly located at Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard corner Bradco Avenue, Paranaque City. A lot of people confuse this location as still part of Pasay City because it's near the boundary of Pasay. And sad to say, quite a few applicants still go to DFA Office in Roxas Boulevard near corner Libertad which is now Antonio Arnaiz Avenue, the old office for passport applications and processing.

    How To Commute To DFA


    DFA Office of Consular Affairs
    Diosdado Macapagal corner Bradco Avenue
    Contrary to your initial assumption, going to DFA to apply for a passport or renew your old one, is very easy. All buses coming from up north, e.g. Monumento, Malanday, Navotas, Novaliches, Fairview bound for Baclaran pass through the exact location of the DFA building. In fact, some of them has secondary signs attached to the windshields that read "DFA". The main signboard of these buses has this wording: "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA Road" or "Baclaran Simbahan Mall of Asia Redemptorist".





    So, if your point of origin is along or near the route of these buses, such as Letre, 5th Avenue, Bagong Barrio, Roosevelt, Munoz, Mindanao Avenue, Quirino Avenue, Congressional Avenue, West Avenue, SM City North EDSA, Trinoma, UP Diliman, UP Ayalaland Technobub, Philcoa, Quezon City Hall, Elliptical Road, East Avenue, Timog Avenue, Kamuning, Kamias, New York Street, Cubao, Araneta Center, etc., all you need is a one bus ride to reach Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Office of Consular Affairs. Along south bound lane of EDSA, 5th Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue, Quirino Avenue, Mindanao Avenue and East Avenue, ride one of these buses. When paying, your destination is "DFA". These buses take the whole stretch of EDSA. They pass by SM Mall of Aisa or MOA then return to EDSA (north bound lane) and turn right onto Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard. But there are times, a bus doesn't go to MOA. Instead, they immediately turn left to Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard from EDSA. Please see map below after Commute Directions To DFA from different parts of Metro Manila. For passport application requirements go to Passport Requirements for First-Time Applicants or Requirements for Renewal of Passport below the map.

    Bradco Avenue
    Even without the help of conductor, you can get off the bus at the exact location. Just remember: 1) you will pass by the last MRT-3 Station which is Taft Avenue in Pasay Rotonda where LRT-1 runs across EDSA, 2) after Taft you will pass under Roxas Boulevard flyover crossing EDSA, 3) next main intersection with traffic lights after Roxas Boulevard is Diosdago Macapagal Boulevard, the bus will either go cross Macapagal then go to MOA and return to turn right onto Macapagal or turn left from Edsa to Macapagal, 5) the first main intersection with traffic lights from EDSA along Macapagal is Bradco Avenue. Alight right there. DFA is to the left corner of Bradco and Macapagal. There's a McDonald to the right corner where you will alignt.

    Commute Directions To DFA from different parts of Metro Manila






    Route #1

    From Caloocan, Roosevelt, Munoz, Roosevelt, Congressional, Bagong Barrio, Balintawak, Tondo, Blumentritt and other areas near Rizal Avenue.

    Option 1 - Via LRT-1. Fast and recommended: Ride a LRT-1 train bound for Baclaran from any station near to you, e.g. Roosevelt Station, Balintawak Station, Monumento Station, 5th Avenue Station, R. Papa Station, Abad Santos Avenue Station, Tayuman Station, Blumentritt Station, Bambang Station, etc. Get off the train at EDSA Station. Go to the bus loading area along EDSA. You need to walk along Taft from LRT EDSA Station to the corner of EDSA. Go right on EDSA to ride bus at the proper loading area. Follow direction given at How To Commute To DFA above.

    Option 2 - Via bus or jeepney. Long & slow travel. Dependent on traffic situation and driver's greed for passengers: You can ride a bus mentioned above in How To Commute To DFA or a jeep with "Baclaran" sign along Rizal Avenue. Get off the jeep at EDSA. Go to the loading area along EDSA's south bound lane. Ride a bus mentioned in How To Commute To DFA above and follow direction given there.

    Route #2

    From Bulacan, Pampanga or other provinces in Norther Luzon.

    Option 1 - With an LRT/MRT ride: Ride a bus, jeep or FX/vans from your location bound for Manila, Caloocan or Quezon City. If you ride a bus and alight at a terminal in Doroteo Jose, ride a train bound for Baclaran at LRT-1 Doroteo Jose Station, alight at EDSA. In Caloocan, ride a Baclaran bound train at Monumento Station, alight at EDSA. If you ride a FX or vans with its terminal in Trinoma or SM City North EDSA, use MRT-3 North Station and ride Taft bound train, alight at Taft. If your bus is in Kamuning-EDSA, use MRT-3 GMA Kamuning Station, ride Taft bound train and alight at Taft. From LRT-1 EDSA Station, go to the bus loading station along EDSA. You need to walk along Taft from EDSA Station to the corner of EDSA. Go right on EDSA to ride bus at the proper loading area. Follow direction given at How To Commute To DFA above. From MRT-3 Taft Station, go to the bus loading area along EDSA's south bound lane and ride bus wigh "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA" sign. Follow direction given in How To Commute to DFA above.

    Option 2 - Without riding train: Ride a jeep bound for Baclaran underneath LRT-1 Doroteo Jose Station and Monumento Station. Get off the jeep at EDSA, ride a bus bound for Baclaran and follow direction given in How To Commute To DFA above. You can also ride bus bound for Baclaran along EDSA in Caloocan. In Kamuning EDSA, ride the bus from Fairview bound for Baclaran. In Trinoma, ride a bus along EDSA bound for Baclaran. Follow direction given at How To Commute To DFA above.

    Route #3

    From SM City Marikina, SSS Village, Sta. Lucia East, Robinsong's Metro East, Marcos Highway, A. Bonnifacio Avenue Marikina, Auroran Boulevard Quezon City, Project 4 and other areas nearby.

    Option 1 - Fast travel via LRT Line 1 and 2: From your destinations ride a jeep to Santolan Station of LRT-2. From A. Bonifacio Avenue in Marikina, ride a jeepney bound for Cubao and alight at Katipunan Station. From Project 4, ride a jeepney from Rosario or EVER bound for Aranetea Center and go to LRT-2 Araneta Center Cubao Station. Ride a train bound for Recto Station and alight right there. Use the footbridge that connects LRT-2 Recto Station to LRT-1 Doroteo Jose Station. Ride a train bound for Baclaran at Doroteo Jose Station. Alight at EDSA Station. Walk along Taft Avenue from EDSA LRT-1 Station towards the corner of EDSA, go right and ride a bus with "Baclaran MOA Costal MIA" sign at designated loading area. Follow direction given at How To Commute To DFA above.

    Option 2 - Without train rides. Slow travel, depends on traffic situation: From your area ride a jeepney with any of these signs "Cubao", "Stop & Shop" and "Divisoria". Get off the jeepney after it crossed EDSA. From Project 4, just go to Aurora Boulevard and ride one of these jeepneys or go to Araneta Center and proceed to EDSA south bound lane. Along south bound lane of EDSA ride a bus with "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA" sign. Other buses have secondary sign that reads "DFA". Follow direction given at How To Commute to DFA above.

    Route #4

    From Pasig Palengke, Kalentong Manddaluyong, Shaw Boulevard, Boni Avenue and other areas nearby.

    Option 1: Ride a jeepney bound for EDSA. Ride a MRT-3 train bound for Taft Avenue in either Shaw Station or Boni Station. Alight at Taft and ride the bus at the loading area near the station. Follow direction given at How To Commute To DFA.

    Option 2: In EDSA's south bound lane, ride the bus discussed in How To Commute To DFA in the beginning of this post and follow direction indicated there.

    Route #5

    From Fort Bonifacio, Guadalupe, J.P. Rizal, Makati City Hall and other areas nearby.

    Ride a jeepney with "Guadalupe" sign.

    Option 1: In loading area along EDSA's south bound lane of Guadalupe, ride a bus with "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA" sign and alight at DFA. Refer to direction given at How To Commute To DFA above.

    Option 2: Ride a train bound for Taft Station and alight right there. Ride a bus with "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA" sign and alight at DFA. Refer to direction given at How To Commute To DFA in the beginning of this article.

    Route #6

    From Alabang, Metropolis Starmall, Festival Mall, Sucat, Bicutan, FTI and nearby areas.

    Ride a jeepney with "Pasay Rotonda" or "Pasay Taft Rotonda MOA" sign. Alight at EDSA near MRT-3 Taft Station. Along EDSA's southbound lane, ride a bus with "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA" signboard in its windshild. Follow direction given at How To Commute To DFA in the beginning of this post.

    Route #7

    From Chino Roces Avenue formerly known as Pasong Tamo, Southgate Mall, PRC Santa Ana, Washington, Makati Coliseum and other areas nearby.

    Ride a jeepney with "Mantrade" sign along Chino Roces Avenue's southbound lane. Alight at EDSA. Ride a train bound for Taft at MRT-3 Magallanes Station. Alight at Taft. Go to the loading area near Taft Station and ride a bus with "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA" sign. Follow direction given at How To Commute To DFA in the beginning of this article.

    Route 8

    From Quezon Avenue, Espana, Quiapo, Santa Cruz, Avenida, Intramuros, SM City Manila, Manila City Hall and nearby areas.

    Option 1 - Via jeepney, train and bus: In Quezon Avenue and Espana, ride a jeepney bound for Quiapo, alight at Quiapo Church. Walk to LRT-1 Carriedo Station. In Sta. Cruz and Avenida, go to Carriedo Station. Take a train bound for Baclaran, alight at EDSA Station. From Intramuros, SM City Manila and Makati City Hall, walk your way to LRT-1 Central/Arroceros Station. Ride a train bound for Baclaran and alight at EDSA Station. Walk along Taft Avenue from EDSA Station, towards EDSA, go right to get to the bus loading area along EDSA. Ride a bus with "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA" sign. Follow direction given at How To Commute To DFA in the beginning of this article.

    Option 2 - For people who don't want to ride trains: From Quiapo, Quezon Boulevard, Lerma, Quezon Avenue and Espana, ride FX, bus or a jeepney with any of these signs: "PGH Pedro Gil", "Kalaw", "Buendia Gil Puyat", "Libertad Pasay Taft", "Pasay Rotonda". These vehicles pass through Taft Avenue. Alight at the destination of the vehicle you ride. Except if you're already in Pasay Rotonda, ride another jeepney with either "Baclaran" or "Pasay Rotonda" signs and alight at Pasay Rotonda. Once in Pasay Rotonda, go to the bus loding area along EDSA and ride bus with "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA" sign. Follow direction given at How To Commute DFA in the beginning of this post.

    Route 9

    From Project 6, Project 2-3, Kamias, Kamuning, Tomas Morato, Timog Avenue, West Avenue, SM City North EDSA, Trinoma and nearby areas.

    Option 1 - Fast via MRT train: From Project 6, ride a jeepney bound for Quiapo and alight at West Avenue corner EDSA, walk your way to MRT-3 North Station. From West Avenue, walk or ride a jeepney with "Project 6" sign to North Station. From Kamuning, Tomas Morato and the part of Timog Avenue from Quezon Avenue to Tomas Morato, ride a jeepney with "Project 2-3" sign, alight at EDSA, walk along EDSA towards Timog and East Avenue, and go to MRT-3 GMA Kamuning Station. From Kamias, ride a jeepney with "Welcome Rotonda" or "Quiapo" sign and alight at EDSA, walk to GMA Kamuning Station. From the area of Timog between EDSA and Tomas Morato, walk to EDSA to get to MRT-3 GMA Kamuning Station. Ride a train bound for Taft, alight at Taft Station, the last station. Below the station, walk along EDSA's southbound lane which goes to MOA and ride a bus with "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA RD" sign in the bus loading area. Follow direction given at How To Commute to DFA in the beginning of this post.

    Option 2 - For those who prefer riding bus rather than riding train: Once in EDSA from your location, just ride a bus with "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA". Follow the complete guide and direction given at How To Commute To DFA in the beginning of this post.

    Route 10

    From Legarda, Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard, Pureza, v. Mapa, SM City Sta Mesa, N. Domingo & Pinaglabanan in San Juan and other nearby areas.

    Option 1 - Fast via LRT-1 & LRT-2: If you're in N. Domingo or Pinaglabanan in San Juan, ride a bus from Taytay or Cainta with "Quiapo" sign, alight at V. Mapa Station of LRT-2. From SM City Sta Mesa, walk to V. Mapa Station. If your location is near Pureza and Legarda, walk your way to LRT-2 Pureza or Legarda stations. Ride a train bound for Recto Station, alight right there. Use the footbridge that connects LRT-2 Recto Station to LRT-1 Doroteo Jose Station to get to the second station. Go to the other side of Doroteo Jose Station via escalator, elevator or stais and ride a train bound for Baclaran. Get off the train at EDSA Station. Walk along Taft Avenue from LRT-1 EDSA Station towards the corner of EDSA. Go to the bus loading area along EDSA, ride a bus with "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA" sign and alight at DFA. Refer to the guide and direction given at How To Commute To DFA in the beginning of this post.

    Option 2 - For those who prefer riding bus than riding train: If you're from Pinagbuhatan or N. Domingo in San Juan, ride a bus from Cainta or Taytay with "Quiapo" sign. Alight at Quiapo. These route is also applicable for applicants from any point along the route of this bus, such as Greenhills, POEA, IPI, Ortigas Avenue, Cainta and Taytay. In Quiapo, ride a jeep with "Pasay Rotonda" sign, alight at Pasay Rotonda. If there's no jeep of this sign, you can make two rides. Ride a jeep with "Pedro Gil PGH" sign, then in Pedro Gil, ride another jeep with "Baclaran" or Pasay Rotonda" sign, alight at Pasay Rotonda. In EDSA, bus loading area, ride a bus with "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA" sign. Now, follow direction given at How To Commute to DFA in the beginning of this post.

    Route #11

    From Sucat Road, Dr. A. Santos Avenue, Imelda Avenue, Ninoy Aquino Avenue and areas neat to these thoroughfares.

    Ride a jeepney from Sucat with "Baclaran" sign. In Baclaran-Roxas Boulevard-Redemptorist area, ride a jeepney with "Nichols" sign. Alight at EDSA corner Harrison Street where there's a pedestrian footbridge. Go to the other side of EDSA. Ride a bus with "Baclaran MOA Coastal MIA" sign in its windshield. Alight at exactly at DFA. Please refer to How to Commute to DFA for complete guide and direction.


    Bus Route & Direction To DFA Office of Consular Affairs from EDSA, LRT Station & MRT Taft Station.




    Passport Requirements for First-Time Applicants:




    Personal Appearance is required.
    Duly accomplished application form.
    Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated by NSO.
    Proof of identity / Supporting documents indicating full name, date and place of birth and citizenship
    Other Supporting documents.

    Additional Requirements:

    For married women, who want to use surname of their spouse
    Marriage Contract (MC) in Security Paper issued by NSO or Certified True Copy issued by the Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated by NSO.
    For married women who would like to revert back to their maiden name
    If already widowed: Death Certificate of the deceased husband;

    If marriage is annulled: Certified true copy and photocopy of the first page and the dispositive portion of the judgment on annulment and NSO-issued MC with the annotation on the annulment decree;
    If divorced: Certified true copy and photocopy of the first page and the dispositive portion of the judgment on divorce secured by foreign spouse authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate where the divorce is obtained.
    For Minors (below 18 years old)

    Personal appearance of either parent (if minor is of legitimate status).
    Personal appearance of mother (if minor is of illegitimate status)

    If minor is NOT traveling with either parent:

    Original and photocopy of DSWD Clearance
    Affidavit of Support and Consent
    If both parents are abroad:

    Affidavit of support and consent (must be authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General if not executed before a Consul).
    Special Power of Attorney (must be authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General if not executed before a Consul designating the representative by name and authorizing him to apply for a passport on behalf of the minor).
    Passport and photocopy of the passport of the traveling companion of the minor.
    Identification Card and photocopy thereof of the duly authorized person.
    For Muslim applicants

    For those whose births were registered:
    Please refer to requirements for first time passport applicants.

    For those whose births were not registered:

    Late registered Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO)
    Original and photocopy of Voter's Affidavit or other supporting documents indicating date and place of birth and citizenship, identity and tribal affiliation.
    Certificate from the Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA)
    For Applicants with Foreign-Sounding Family Names: (e.g. Lim, Cho, Sy, Lee, Samadi, Singh, Nakamura, Hasegawa, etc.) are required to submit the following documents:

    Birth Certificate (BC) issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) (by birth)
    Certificate of No Marriage Record of Mother issued by NSO / LCR (if illegiitimate status, foreign father)
    Marriage Certificate of Parents issued by NSO (if legitimate status)
    Bureau of Immigration Identifacation Certificate No. (by naturalization; by election; by marriage; by recognition)
    Applicant who availed of Dual Citizenship under RA9225 are required to submit the following:

    1. Birth Certificate issued by NSO/OLD Philippine Passport
    2. Identification certificate No.
    3. Oath of Allegiance

    4. Report of Birth (for those born abroad)

    Source: Department of Foreign Affairs


    Requirements for Renewal of Passport:




    Applicants renewing a brown passport (issued before 1996) with foreign sounding family names are required to submit the following documents:

    Birth Certificate issued by NSO (by birth).
    Certificate of No Marriage Record of Mother issued by NSO/LCR (if illegitimate status, foreign father);
    Marriage Certificate.of parents issued by NSO (if legitimate status);
    Bureau of Immigration Identification Cerficate No. (by naturalization; by election; by marriage; by recognition).
    Applicants who availed of Dual Citizenship under RA 9225 are required ot submit the following:

    1. Birth Certificate issued by NSO / Old Philippine Passport
    2. Identification Certificate No.
    3. Oath of Allegiance
    4. Report of Birth (for those born abroad)
    Brown Passport or issued prior to 01 May 1995

    Old passport and photocopy of passport pages 1,2,3 (amendment). The pages showing latest Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps.
    Supporting document with complete middle name.
    MRP & Green Passport or issued after 01 May 1995

    Present passport and photocopy of inside and back cover.
    The pages showing latest Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps.
    For illegitimate minor, personal appearance of mother is required.
    For married women, who want to use surname of their spouse:

    Personal Appearance is required
    Marriage Contract (MC) in Security Paper issued by NSO or CTC issued by the Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated by NSO.
    For Minors (below 18 years old): Personal appearance of either parent is required.

    If minor is NOT traveling with either parent:
    Original and photocopy of DSWD Clearance
    Affidavit of Support and Consent
    If both parents are abroad:
    Affidavit of support and consent (must be authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General if not executed before a Philippine Consul).
    Special Power of Attorney (must be authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate if not executed before a Philippine Consul designating the representative by name and authorizing him to apply for a passport on behalf of the minor).
    Passport and photocopy of the passport of person travelling with the minor.

    Source: http://www.dfa.gov.ph
    Read more...