29 Jun 2012

Palacio De Manila Commute Guide

  • 29 Jun 2012
  • Lagalag

  • Palacio de Maynila is the official name of a grand event venue by the Manila Bay. It's a great location for birthday celebrations, insurance conventions, sales conferences, weddings and other social events. Located along Roxas Blvd, Malate near boundary of Ermita, it's very easy to get there by combination of these modes of transportation: bus routes, jeepney routes and MRT/LRT. Or if you're nearer, you can just take one jeepney ride.

    How To Commute To Palacio de Maynila

    Please take a look at this map. The red pin is where Palacio de Maynila is located. Read directions below on how to go to its location.

    Signs of Jeepneys that you need to ride and where to alight

    From Monumento, Sta Cruz Manila, Avenida Ave, Rizal Ave, LRT Doroteo Jose Station, Carriedo, Lawton and other areas along these routes - "Baclaran Mabini MH Del Pilar"

    This jeepney will pass by the exact location of Palacio de Manila along MH Del Pilar. After the jeep had crossed the intersection of Pedro Gil along Del Pilar, it will cross another street which is Quinto Sr and then, next road is a street perpendicular only to the right of Del Pilar towards Roxas Blvd. Alight there, as you will see the back of Palacio de Maynila right at the corner, as seen in this photo:

    Back of Palacio de Maynila from M.H. del Pilar St

    From Baclaran, EDSA cor Harrison St, Pasay City Hall, Libertad cor Harrison St - "Monumento Mabini MH Del Pilar", "Mabini Divisoria", "Mabini Sta Cruz" and "Mabini TM Kalaw".

    The jeep will not pass by exact location because Del Pilar is one way towards Baclaran. Its counterpart street that serves as its opposite lane towards Monumento is Mabini St which is just paralleled to Del Pilar. Just ask the driver to drop you off at Sinagoga St then walk along Sinagoga towards Roxas Blvd (Del Pilar) and you will see Palacio de Maynila as seen in our photo above.

    Note: Some driver don't know Sinagoga St. In that case, tell him to drop you off at Malvar St, then walk towards Sinagoga, see the map above for more clarity of this.

    From Libertad cor Taft Ave or LRT-1 Libertad Station - "Pier Mabini"

    Wait for this jeepney along Libertad St (now Arnaiz Ave) near corner Taft Ave and opposite Pasay Market which looks like a mall. Follow direction on where to alight in jeepneys from Baclaran (above).

    From LRT-1 UN Ave Station. You need to walk along Taft Ave past NBI until you get to the corner of Padre Faura where these jeepneys pass through - "Sta Ana Pedro Gil Robinsons" and "San Andres Bukid Robinsons Pedro Gil"

    You must ask the driver if he will take MH Del Pilar because some of them cut their trip and take Adriatico St instead. The jeep must drive past Adriatico, cross Mabini and then turn left on MH Del Pilar. It will take MH Del Pilar only down to Pedro Gil where it will turn left again. Get off the jeep at the corner of Del Pilar and Pedro Gil and walk along MH Del Pilar towards Baclaran past Quintos Sr St until you see Palacio de Maynila as seen in our photo above.

    How To Get To Palacio de Maynila From Different Lcoations

    Front of Palacio de Maynila from Roxas Blvd

    Route #1

    From Alabang, Muntinlupa, Sucat, Bicutan, FTI and provinces of Batangas, Laguna, Quezon, parts of Cavite or CALABARZON.

    From the provinces mentioned, go to Alabang area. In Alabang ang other areas mentioned above, take a jeepney with "Pasay Rotunda Mall of Asia" sign. Get off the jeep at the corner of EDSA and Harrison St. Take the jeepney from Baclaran that mentioned under "Signs of Jeepneys that you need to ride and where to alight", above.

    Route #2

    From Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela or Camanava and the provinces of Northern Luzon, e.g. Bulacan, Olongapo, Subic, Clark, etc.

    Ride a bus, FX or jeepney from these provinces bound for Blumentritt or Caloocan. You need two options: by jeepney or LRT 1. By jeepney, it will be a bit longer. By LRT-1 it's more faster, just alight at UN Ave Station. Follow the appropriate route in "Signs of Jeepneys that you need to ride and where to alight", above.

    Route #3

    From East of Metro Manila e.g. Marikina, Cainta, Antipolo and other areas there.

    You have lots of options depending if you are in a hurry or not. From Cainta and Antipolo, you can take the slow route which is via bus to Quiapo and ride a jeepney with "Mabini" on its sign. Or go to the nearest MRT or LRT-2 Station, follow direction via train in Route #5. Or you can take the fast route via LRT-2 Santolan Station, alight at Recto Station and take another train to UN Ave. Read "Signs of Jeepneys that you need to ride and where to alight", above.

    Route #4

    From Cubao and Araneta Center by jeepneys.

    Ride a jeep bound for Quiapo. In Quiapo ride a jeepney with "Vito Cruz Mabini" sign. You can also wait for jeepney with "Vito Cruz Mabini" sign in Aurora Blvd Cubao, but those jeepneys are scarce.

    Route #5

    From all stations of LRT-1, LRT-2 and MRT-3

    You can transfer from one train to another to get to Palacio de Maynila. If you're in LRT-2 station, just get off the train at either Recto Station or Araneta Center Cubao, depending which one is nearer to you.

    From Recto Station, use the footbridge to get to LRT-1 Doroteo Station, take a train bound for Baclaran and alight at UN Ave Station. From Araneta Cubao Station, follow directional signs inside Gateway Mall pointing to MRT-3 Araneta Cubao Station and take another train bound for Taft.

    From any station of MRT-3, alight at Taft Station, use the footbridge that connects MRT-3 to LRT-1 EDSA Station, ride a train bound for Monumento/Roosevelt and alight at next station which is Libertad Station. Note: You can also ride a jeep from EDSA to Libertad. Ride any jeepney below LRT-1 EDSA Station and alight at Libertad aka Arnaiz Ave.

    For next ride, please read "Signs of Jeepneys that you need to ride and where to alight".

    27 Jun 2012

    Ayala-Washington Jeepney Terminal & Loading/Unloading Along Ayala Ave

  • 27 Jun 2012
  • Lagalag

  • This post will guide you on how to locate the terminal of jeepneys with Ayala-Washington sign that passes through Ayala Avenue from MRT-3 Ayala Station. Unloading Only and Loading Only areas are also illustrated here for those who are not familiar with where to alight from jeepneys/buses and how to get back to MRT Ayala Station, like our email sender.

    Last June 4 one of our readers had emailed me. Unfortunately, I don't check my email regularly so I didn't get to reply to her email, copy of which is pasted below:

    Good Day,

    I've been searching a lot and also reading you're blog as well and thanked God i found your's
    I hope you guy's can help me :D

    Mag wowork na po kasi ako sa Antel building alam ko na po kung san yung unloading.. since my map
    po dun sa blog post nyo. ( i attached the file poh :D)

    eto po yung mga question ko:

    - saan po yung mga jeep pa ayala kung galing ako sa MRT ayala (wala po kasing map)
    and i've tried to google d ko po makita ang sabi nyo po sa likod ng shell gas station my map po ba kyo?

    - pano nman po yung pauwi. pabalik ng mrt,. saan po yung mga jeep station kung galing ako
    ng antel building? my map din po ba kyo?

    will wait for your reply po :D will start my job this June 8

    The reason I don't log in to my email as frequent as I should is the fact that it's the Blogger that I always open to check for new comments. Even if I am not about to publish a new post, I log in to my Blogger regularly to publish valid comments while deleting those from spammers. For me, questions from readers are with utmost priority. I also check our Facebook page for those who post their questions on our wall and timeline, to answer their questions on how to get to their specific destination. To Camille, our email sender, please accept my apology.

    Here's how to get to the terminal of jeepneys that you need to ride from MRT Ayala Station to the buildings along and near Ayala Ave.

    Take a look at first map below. As you can see all you need to do is to exit MRT-3 Ayala Station via North Exit or the exit that goes down to the northbound lane of EDSA where buses are headed to Monumento, Fairview, Cubao, Novaliches, etc. Follow the red arrow in the map and walk towards the corner of McKinley Rd which is the opposite road of Ayala Avenue. Cross the road and go straight to the back of Shell Station which is located at the other corner of EDSA and McKinley.

    There you will see two terminals of jeepneys - the first is for jeepneys bound for Market Market and next to it are the jeepneys with "Ayala-Washington" sign. Get there and board the jeep (Ayala-Washington) being filled with passengers which is the one you need to ride to get to the buildings discussed in our series of posts entitled "How To Get To Buildings Along & Near Ayala Avenue From MRT" with their links listed below next to this map:

    Part 1 - How To Get To Buildings Along & Near Ayala Avenue From MRT
    Part 2 - How To Get To Buildings Along & Near Ayala Avenue From MRT II
    Part 3 - How To Get To Buildings Along & Near Ayala Avenue From MRT III
    Part 4 - How To Get To Buildings Along & Near Ayala Avenue From MRT IV
    Part 5 - How To Get To Buildings Along & Near Ayala Avenue From MRT V
    Part 6 - How To Get To Buildings Along & Near Ayala Avenue From MRT VI
    Part 7 - How To Get To Buildings Along & Near Ayala Avenue From MRT VII
    Part 8 - How To Get To Buildings Along & Near Ayala Avenue From MRT VIII
    Part 9 - How To Get To Buildings Along & Near Ayala Avenue From MRT IX
    Part 10 - How To Get To Buildings Along & Near Ayala Avenue From MRT X

    Loading Only & Unloading Only areas along Ayala Ave

    In our second map, below are the Loading & Unloading Bay locations along Ayala Ave from EDSA. You need to move the map to see the whole stretch of Ayala Ave. To do that, left-click your mouse and hold (press left button of mouse and hold), then drag the map to desired direction, in this case, towards southeast for you to see the loading and unloading signs along Ayala Ave. You should see little hand icon while moving the map. Please click each icon to make sure what it is meant.

    How To Return To MRT Ayala Station From Any Building Along Ayala Avenue

    Just go to the Loading Zones (refer to the second map) nearer to you via walkways and underpasses, wait for the same jeepney - the one with "Ayala-Washington" signs on both sides and "Ayala MRT EDSA" in its front.

    This guide is to be used in conjunction with the directions to the buildings along Ayala Ave from MRT. So, if you don't know the nearest loading or unloading area to your building destination, please read the articles on how to get to buildings in Ayala Ave from MRT. Just click the links I mentioned above (below the first map).

    16 Jun 2012

    How To Commute To Lucban's Tourist Spots

  • 16 Jun 2012
  • Lagalag

  • If you're going to Kamay Ni Jesus in Lucban Town of Quezon Province and you don't know how to get there, just read this quick commute guide and you will surely reach your destination even if it's your first time in Lucban. St Luis Bishop Church, Pahiyas Festival every May 15 and the famous Pancit Habhab are among the other major attractions Lucban is famous for. Meanwhile, Kamay ni Jesus actually refers to the healing church outside Lucban town proper. Aside from the healing church, popular attractions flocked by lots of travelers and tourists from different parts of the country as well as balikbayans are found in the sprawling territory of Kamay ni Jesus. Most prominently of which is the Via Dolorosa Grotto and the Garden of Eden where lots of characters and elements of Old Testament are featured including Noah's Arch House of Prayer & Spirituality. Hill of Ascending Christ is where the grotto is located. While inside Kamay ni Jesus land, you can also check out the following: Eden Falls, Rock Theater, Marian Park, Angels' Hill, Gallery of Saints, Luklukan ni Maria, Souvenir Shops, Candle Station, and you can get valuable info at the Information Center. There are also canteen and restaurants as well as Retreat Center and Religious Stores.

    How To Commute To Kamay ni Jesus

    Hill of Ascending Christ & the Grotto

    There are two routes you can take from Metro Manila, choose one:

    Bus Route To Lucena Quezon

    Bus Route To Sta Cruz Laguna

    Bus Terminals:

    • EDSA Kamuning in Quezon City - JAC Liner and Lucena Bus Terminals along EDSA between Kamias Road and Mapagmahal St
    • Taft cor Gil Puyat in Pasay City - There are Bus Terminals of JAC Liner, JAM, Tritran, DLTB, Ceres located few meters from LRT-1 Gil Puyat Station.
    • Alabang in Muntinlupa City - Alabang Bus Terminal located in Metropolis Starmall
    • EDSA in Pasay City - Philtranco Bus Terminal along EDSA's northbound lane.
    • Araneta Center Cubao - JAC Liner in Araneta Bus Terminal.

    How to get to Kamay ni Jesus via Lucena

    Yummy Pancit Habhab

    Ride a provincial bus bound for Lucena City at any of the terminals mentioned above. Your destination when asked by the conductor is "Lucena Grand Central Terminal"

    After you have alighted from the bus at Lucena Grand Central Terminal, you could use a comfort room and a fast food to freshen up. After that, look for a jeepney with "Lucban" sign. The jeepneys are long and bigger than the ones you see in Metro Manila.

    Tip: In a nice way avoid talking to barker, just look for a jeep only bound for Lucban. If you talk to them, they will let you board a jeep bound for far flung location that will pass by Lucban. And you're going to wait longer before the jeep leaves. So, my advice is to ride the jeepney bound only for Lucban. It leaves momentarily. Pay 20 pesos to the conductor that collects fare. Tell him you're going to "Grotto", the most common reference to Kamay ni Jesus. The trip to Lucban Proper is approximately 45 minutes. So in around 25 minutes, remind the conductor to drop you off at the grotto. That's it.

    How to go to Kamay ni Jesus via Sta Cruz

    Garden of Eden & Noah's Arch House of Spirituality

    Ride a bus bound for Sta Cruz at any of the terminals mentioned above. Tell the conductor that your destination is "Pagsawitan" where the terminal of jeepneys bound for Lucban is located. Ask the conductor to drop you off near the jeepney terminal.

    Ride the jeepney with "Lucban" sign. It's going to be a bit longer jeepney ride, approximately one hour and 30 minutes. You get to pass by three Laguna towns before you reach the border of Quezon Province. These towns are Pagsanjan, Cavinti and Luisiana. After the border, the jeep still needs to pass by remote areas before you finally see Lucban Town Proper. Get off the jeep at its terminal so that you know where to take the ride back to Sta Cruz. The jeepney terminal is located along Rizal Ave formerly Lucban-Sampaloc Road.

    Tip: I recommend to take only this route on broad daylight. The jeepney I have ridden has warning sign that reads like this: "Mag-ingat sa Holdaper, Manunutok at Mandarukot".

    From Lucban terminal of jeepneys or anywhere in the town, take a motorized tricycle and ask the driver to take you to Grotto or Kamay ni Jesus. Fare as of this writing is 20 pesos if you're single and 15 pesos per person if you're in a group. The trike will take some municipal roads before it takes Quezon Ave and as soon as you exit the town proper, you get to see the majestically towering statue of Jesus Christ from afar. Soon after, you're right at the gate of Kamay ni Jesus sprawling territory. Enjoy!

    How To Go To Lucban's Other Attractions

    San Luis Obispo Church - St Louis Bishop Parish

    Pahiyas Lantern

    Mount Banahaw

    Patio Rizal Hotel is a landmark in Lucban town

    There are motorized tricylces' queue just outside the gate of Kamay ni Jesus complex. Just ride the one in the front and ask the driver to take you to San Luis Obispo Church, you will like it definitely if you are into church photography. If you're purpose is the Pahiyas Festival, I suggest don't get there few days before May 15 more so on the fiesta day itself. Why? First of all, thousands of passengers are headed to Lucban so the travel itself is hard right from the bus terminal in Manila. Second, it's hard to get accommodation as hotels are fully booked. Now you wouldn't want to squeeze into a friend's house when all their relatives from different parts of the planet are also on vacation with them, right? Maybe 3 weeks before the festival is a good day to have arrived in Lucban before the Pahiyas Festival day. You can still search for an affordable transient. Patio Rizal is the major hotel located only in Municipal Plaza where Town Hall is also located. The hotel itself is an attraction. It's a few minutes walk from the San Luis Church. By merely walking along the streets you can get a good vantage view of Mt Banahaw and take its photo from any angle. Pansit Habhab which is available from street vendors around Municipal Park during mornings are a must-eat once in Lucban. I've really enjoyed it, both the taste and the manner it is eaten which in Tagalog term is "Habhab". To eat in habhab manner means holding a rectangular banana leaf where the pancit is served, take it to your mouth and eat the pancit slowly. Don't ask for utensil as it is insulting to the tradition and culture. Now if you're eating Pancit Habhab at Buddy's, go and eat with pork and spoon. The unique part of eating pancit Habhab is you need to pour some vinegar into the pancit before eating it to really enjoy its exotic taste. Speaking of Buddy's, the original restaurant is located right here opposite Patio Rizal. And yes, you can also eat in habhab manner inside the famous authentic restaurant. Just ask the waiter to give you banana leaves.

    How To Commute Back to Manila From Lucban

    Via Lucena

    - Just take a jeepney with "Lucban-Lucena" sign. Alight at its terminal in Lucena Grand Central Terminal. Wait for any bus bound for any destination in Manila e.g. Pasay, Cubao, Kamias or Alabang.

    Via Sta Cruz

    - Go to the terminal of Jeepneys bound for Sta Cruz. See map below to locate the terminal. Don't mention to conductor the word Pagsawitan. This time ask the conductor to drop you off at the terminal of buses bound for any destination in Manila e.g. Pasay, Cubao, Kamias or Alabang.

    As you can see in this map, the terminal of jeepneys bound for Santa Cruz Laguna is just a short walk away from Patio Rizal, Municipal Hall and San Luis Obispo Church. Lucban-Sampaloc Road is now named Rizal Ave.

    Kamay ni Jesus Healing Church and its territory is situated approximately 1.7 kilometers outside Lucban town proper.