12 Dec 2013

Fisher Mall: Commuters' Guide

  • 12 Dec 2013
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  • How to go to Fisher Mall? If that is your question, you are in the right page. This post will guide you on how to commute to Fisher Mall from different locations in Metro Manila.

    Location:

    Fisher Mall is located at the corner of Quezon Ave and Roosevelt Ave in Quezon City. It is a huge elongated structure prominently seen from the distance.

    Modes of Public Transportation Available:

    Almost all directions of different origins of jeepney and bus routes are headed to Fisher Mall. Going there takes only one jeepney or bus ride from the following: Cubao, Fairview, Munoz, Quiapo, PRC-Morayta, Welcome Rotunda, Pier, TM Kalaw, Pedro Gil-Taft, Manila City Hall, SM City Manila, Lawton, Trinoma, SM North EDSA, Philcoa, Quezon City Hall, Southwest Integrated Terminal, etc.

    How to go to Fisher Mall by public transportation?





    Route #1

    From Munoz, LRT-Roosevelt Station, Project 8, Congressional Ave, Frisco, etc.

    At the corner of EDSA and Roosevelt, ride a jeepney with any of these signs on the front: "Pantranco", "Fisher Mall", "Quiapo Espana", "Welcome Rotunda", "Morayta", "Banawe", "Quiapo". Pay minimum. The jeepney will traverse the whole stretch of Roosevelt and it will turn right onto Quezon Ave. Get off the jeepney at the unloading area before Quezon Ave. Cross the road to get to the other corner of Roosevelt-Quezon Ave where Fisher Mall is situated.

    Route #2

    From Cubao and MRT-3 Araneta Center Cubao Station - one jeepney ride only

    Walk your way to the corner of EDSA and Aurora Blvd. Use the pedestrian overpasses there and climb down to the EDSA-Aurora Blvd corner of southbound EDSA, meaning all buses that pass through EDSA lane are bound for Pasay, Makati, Alabang, Baclaran, etc. Next, make sure that jeepneys that pass through your Aurora Blvd lane are bound for Divisoria, Stop&Shop, SM City Sta Mesa, etc. Once you're on the correct corner, walk along Aurora Blvd from the corner of EDSA until you get to the corner of the next corner which is Sgt J Cololos St. The jeepney to ride has the route and sign of either "Roces Palengke Pantranco" or "Roces Palengke Fiher Mall" or any variation. The important thing is there must be "Roces" and "Pantranco" or "Fisher Mall" on the sign of the jeepney. Pay minimum and get off the jeepney at its terminal in Roces. All remaining passengers alight there. All you need now is a short walk to Quezon Ave and you will see the mammoth building of Fishermall at the other side of Quezon Ave. Use the pedestrian overpass to get there.

    Route #3





    From Southwest Integrated Terminal in Coastal Mall Paranaque - one bus ride only.

    Go to the terminal of buses bound for "Fairvew" via Espana. Warning: Don't ride bus bound for Fairview that takes EDSA. Make sure that the route is via Espana. Usually they have secondary sign that reads "Lawton" and "Quiapo." It's a long trip and the stop you must use is the one nearer if not located at the corner of Quezon Ave and Roces Ave. After getting off the bus at Roces Ave, just use the pedestrian overpass to get to Fisher Mall.

    Route #4

    From Pier-South, Rizal Park, Luneta, Manila Hotel, Intramuros, Pamantasan ng Maynila, Manila Cathedral, etc.

    The sign of jeepney to ride is "Project-8 Munoz Pantranco" or "Project-8 Munoz Fisher Mall." Inside Intramuros, it passes through the main road in front of Manila Cathedral before heading to Pier. From Pier, it passes by Manila Hotel via Bonifacio Drive. It turns left onto Padre Burgos where you can ride if you're from Rizal Park or Luneta. If you're from Pamantasan ng Maynila, just cross Padre Burgos and flag-down one of so many jeepneys with "Project 8" sign.

    Just remember the jeepney must take Roosevelt Ave after traversing Quezon Ave. Roosevelt Ave is perpendicular to the left of Quezon Ave. The jeepney will either make left or make a U-turn and turns right onto Roosevelt. You can get off the jeepney at the exact location of Fisher Mall, just wait until it has already made a U-turn in Quezon Ave or turns left onto Roosevelt (if Left-turns are allowed).

    Route #5

    From TM Kalaw, Manila City Hall, SM City Manila, Lawton, Quiapo, Lerma, Morayta, UST, Welcome Rotunda, etc.

    Same jeepney to ride - Project 8 and must also have a secondary sign that reads "Pantranco" or "Fishermall." In Kalaw, you can ride at the corner of Taft and Kalaw (southbound) or at Kalaw cor Maria Orosa St. In Manila City Hall and SM City Manila, ride at Padre Burgos or outside SM City Manila. In Quiapo, wait for this jeepney along Quezon Blvd opposite Quiapo Church. From other areas mentioned, flag-down a jeepney of this sign along Espana (north-bound). Read second paragraph of Route #4.

    Route #6

    From MRT-3 Quezon Ave Station, Centris Station, Centris Walk, The Elements at Centrs

    If you're taking an MRT train from south of MM, this is better compare to the route from Cubao. Just get inside Centris Station mall and then take the exit to Quezon Ave, use the pedestrian overpass to get to the other side of Quezon Ave and ride a jeepney with any of these signs: "Pantranco Roces", "Fisher Mall Roces", "Welcome Rotunda", "Quiapo", etc. All of these jeepneys will take you to Fisher Mall, and you won't miss it. Pay minimum. Don't take a jeepney with only "Delta" sign.

    Route #7

    From Alabang, Bicutan, FTI, Sucat, etc.

    Ride a city bus bound for north of MM such as "Novaliches", "Monumento", "Fairview", "Malanday", etc. There must be a secondary sign that reads "Cubao Ibabaw." Get off the bus at Cubao and follow direction given at Route #2. For faster commute, you can alight at Magallanes and use MRT-3, just alight at Quezon Ave Station and follow direction given at Route #6.

    Route #8

    From Market Market, SM Aura Premier, High Street and other areas within Bonifacio Global City (BGC).

    Ride a jeepney or the BGC Bus bound for Ayala-MRT at Market Market Terminal, opposite SM Aura. In other areas within BGC, wait for a BGC Bus or Worthy Bus bound for Ayala at any of Bus Stops in BGC. Once in EDSA-McKinley (Ayala), you have two options: MRT to Quezon Ave or city bus to Cubao. Please read Route #2 and Route #6.

    Route #9

    From Monumento, Malanday, Navotas and all stations of LRT-1.

    This route is via LRT-1 but you can also opt for bus/jeepney from Monumento. If you're from Malanday or Navotas, ride a jeepney or bus to Monumento, then take LRT-1 train and alight at Roosevelt Station. You can also ride the bus all the way to Munoz. And there are lots of jeepney in Monumento headed for Munoz. From all stations of LRT-1, take the train to Roosevelt Station. Now everyone is at Roosevelt and Munoz area, go to the corner of Roosevelt and EDSA and follow direction given at Route #1.

    Route #10

    From SM City Sta Mesa, Central Colleges of the Phils, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, G Araneta Ave, etc.

    You only need two jeepney rides. The first one is to Quezon Ave via G Araneta Ave. The terminal of jeepneys going to Quezon Ave is located at Guirayan St, the road between SM Mezza Residences and SM Mezza II. Use the pedestrian overpasses from SM City Sta Mezza and climb down the bridge at SM Mezza Residences which is located at the other corner of Aurora Blvd and G Araneta Ave. All remaining passengers will alight at the last stop (other terminal) of the jeepney located at the corner of G Araneta Ave and Agno Ext where the building of Sanctuarium is located. Walk along G Araneta Ave toward the next main intersection which is Quezon Ave. Wait for a jeepney bound for Project 8 with signs that read "Project 8 Frisco Pantranco" or "Project 8 Munoz Fisher Mall." Follow direction given at the second paragraph of Route # 4.

    If your location is not listed here, just use the comment form below to ask me and I will be more than willing to help.
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    22 Nov 2013

    How to avoid Taxi Scams in Manila using a Taxi Booking App?

  • 22 Nov 2013
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  • Christmas is the time to love, give, and be extra-careful amidst the prevalence of crimes, especially theft, robbery, and transportation-related scams. If you've been watching the news lately, you'll be reasonably anxious to ride a taxi in Metro Manila. But worry no more, since you can now order registered taxis, monitor, and track them in real time using Easy Taxi.

    Here's a quick guide to avoiding taxi scams with Easy Taxi, the world's largest and most trusted taxi-booking application:

    1. Download the Easy Taxi mobile application for FREE using your Android device, Blackberry 10, or iPhone from www.easytaxi.com. You can also order taxis from the website without downloading the app using your laptop.

    2. Enter your name, number, pick-up location, and destination. Click "call taxi now".

    3. Receive a confirmation message with the driver's details: name, photo, phone number, plate number, and car model. You will also get a phone call from Easy Taxi customer service updating you about the driver's present location. Easy Taxi customer service is available for questions and reports 24/7.

    In a few minutes, your exclusive taxi service bearing the Easy Taxi sticker will arrive at your chosen pick-up location. Waive at the driver or nod when he says your name.


    Easy Taxi connects you to the nearest available driver via GPS anywhere in Metro Manila so you can have a fast and efficient transportation. The app records your transaction history and monitors the taxi drivers in real time. It also features a "tip driver" option so the highest bidder can be prioritized during rush hours or when there is a high demand for taxis.


    For just 70PHP booking fee added to the regular taxi meter rate, you can have a safe ride, skip waiting for hours, and help the Philippine transportation industry. Easy Taxi not only provides taxi drivers with more passengers and GPS-enabled smart phones, but also teaches them English speaking, self-improvement, and hospitality skills, among others. Just recently, Easy Taxi organized a basketball game for taxi drivers with none other than PBA stars.




    You can use the same application in 17 countries and over 50 cities, including Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Korea. Easy Taxi recently partnered with local establishments like restaurants, hotels, and condominiums to reach clients from areas which are not frequented by taxis.

    Since its launch in Brazil in 2011, Easy Taxi has been expanding globally through Asia and Africa with localized goals of improving each country's transportation industry. In the Philippines for example, Easy Taxi's advocacy is for the transportation industry to have a more positive image that is safe, modern, efficient, and helpful to local drivers.

    Riding a cab is now a four-way traffic towards helping passengers, drivers, investors, and the transportation industry in general. As if that's not enough motivation, you earn bonus points for your next ride with every use of the app. For more details visit www.easytaxi.com.


    Author's Bio:


    Ciara Gallardo Juan has over three years of experience as writer, webmaster, SEO specialist, and web marketer. Educated in Law, Psychology, Digital Arts, and Programming. Studying Web Development. For more information about her, visit her Google+ profile at https://plus.google.com/111875017071207694689
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    10 Aug 2013

    Commute Guide From South West Terminal To Different Locations

  • 10 Aug 2013
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  • Update: 11 May 2017 Important: Southwest Integrated Provincial Bus Terminal has transferred to HK Sun Plaza in Pasay. Please read the new published article How to Get to Southwest Integrated Provincial Bus Terminal to get commuting direction from your location to the new terminal of buses bound for Cavite, Batangas and Mindoro. End of Update

    As the operation of South West Integrated Provincial Bus Terminal in Coastal Mall Paranaque is being improved as days pass, we have seen lapses and unintentional deficiencies over there. Lots of commuters have no idea on where to ride the next transport vehicle that will take them to their respective destinations.






    This detailed guide on how to commute from South West Terminal to different destinations in the metro is created to lessen the stress of passengers especially those who don't want to waste time in looking for terminals and loading areas. Hope this guide helps you and reduces anxiety and stress that you might experience while commuting to schools, works, etc from South West Integrated. If your destination is not listed here, just ask me through the comment form below this post. Aside from the list of destinations that I've given commuting direction, you will also know the locations of terminals of jeepneys, UV Express and city buses bound for different parts of Metro Manila. In addition to terminals, you can also use three loading areas for the city buses and jeepneys. If you are running after time, riding a bus or jeepney at any of these loading areas will definitely help you.


    Destinations that given commuting directions from South West Terminal in this post:






    (in alphabetical order)

    Ayala Ave Makati the whole stretch
    Baclaran
    Balintawak
    Bonifacio Global City
    Buendia
    Commonwealth
    Cubao
    DFA - for passport applicants
    Divisoria
    Duty Free Philippines Fiesta Mall
    EDSA Crossing Shaw
    Gil Puyat Ave aka Buendia the whole stretch
    Guadalupe
    Intramuros
    Julia Vargas
    La Salle Taft
    Lawton
    Libertad TAft in Pasay
    LRT-1 EDSA Station
    LRT-1 Gil Puyat Station
    Mabini Street Malate and Ermita
    Malabon

    Malanday
    Malinta
    Mall of Asia
    Manila Domestic Teerminal 4
    MH Del Pilar Malate and Ermita
    MRT-3 Taft Station
    NAIA Terminal 1
    NAIA Terminal 2
    NAIA Terminal 3
    Navotas
    Newport City
    Ortigas Center
    OWWA
    Pagcor Casino
    PGH - UP Manila
    POEA
    Shaw Blvd
    SM Mega Mall
    Sucat
    Taft
    Welcome Rotunda


    Terminals and Loading Areas for buses and jeepneys headed to different locations:


    South West Integrated Bus Terminal Commuters' Guide

    Before I give you the directions to the destinations listed above, I would like you to be fully aware of jeepneys and buses located meters away from SWIPTS.




    If you have knowledge of the routes of available jeepneys and buses located in the area, your next ride to your destination would be in a breeze.

    City Buses Terminal


    Location of city bus terminal in South West Integrated
    Also known as Bus Management Dispatch System, the huge open bus terminal is located in front of Uniwide Coastal Mall itself. Fronting Coastal Road, this city buses station is now served by provincial buses bound to South West Terminal. That means buses from Cavite and Batangas drop all passengers at city buses terminal. So if your destination is located along the route of these city buses, just alight from your provincial bus and then board an available city bus headed to your destination. The problem with this city bus terminal is that buses from here have to pass through the all four roads that encircling the mammoth Uniwide Coastal Mall instead of exiting onto NAIA Rd extension which is impossible because of non-existence of an access road leading to NAIA Rd Ext. So it takes a long time before a bus from here gets to Roxas Blvd. If you're in a hurry, riding a bus from here is not advisable. Don't worry as there are faster routes courtesy of other buses or jeepney that I will be mentioning in this sub-topic.

    Routes of buses from City Bus Terminal - Monumento via EDSA, Fairview via EDSA, Novaliches via EDSA, Baclaran, Taft, Ayala, Buendia, Guadalupe, Shaw Blvd, Ortigas, Commonwealth, Cubao, Balintawak, Navotas, Malabon, Malanday, Malinta, Lawton, Fairview via Espana

    Note: The terminal of buses bound for Lawton and Fairview via Espana is located between jeepney/UV Express Terminal and the City Bus Terminal.


    UV Express Aircon AUV Terminal


    UV Express Terminal in South West Integrated Coastal Mall
    The terminal is located in front of the main entrance of Uniwide Coastal Mall which is at the corner of Coastal Rd (Aguinaldo Blvd) and NAIA Rd Extension few meters away from the foot of pedestrian footbridge that crosses Roxas Blvd/Coastal Rd. The problem here is their lack of available transport units. The arrival of empty vans and coaches is one by one. There are times that there is none and you have to wait. Again, there are available options for you on other spots outside Coastal Mall ground.

    Routes of UV Express - Lawton, Park & Ride Terminal, Manila City Hall

    Mall of Asia bound Shuttle Jeepney Terminal


    Where to ride jeepney to different locations form South West Integrated Terminal
    Located at the same location of UV Express at the foot of pedestrian footbridge. No problem in the availability of their transport vehicles.

    Routes of MOA Shuttles - SM Mall of Asia, SM Arena, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Macapagal Blvd, Baclaran




    Jeepney Terminal


    Located in the same location of UV Express bound for Lawton and the shuttle jeeps bound for MOA. Once you see the only pedestrian footbridge outside Coastal Mall, go there and you will see lots of jeepneys.

    Routes of jeepneys here - You can take a one ride from here to the following: Quiapo, Divisoria, FTI, Alabang, Baclaran, MRT/LRT nearest stations. etc.

    Loading Area in Northbound Lane Roxas Blvd


    Although located far from South West Terminal and City Bus Terminal, it is faster to get to your destination if you choose to take the bus ride here. Buses that pick passengers here come from different locations, e.g., NAIA-1, Paranaque, Macapagal Blvd and Coastal Mall. You can go to this loading area by using the pedestrian footbridge. Once you are already in the footbridge, cross the Coastal Rd then turn left onto connected another footbridge that crosses NAIA Rd. Go down and then wait for a bus at the designated loading area.

    Routes of buses that stop at Roxas Blvd loading Area - Lawton, Ayala Ave, Monumento via EDSA, Fairview via EDSA, Novaliches via EDSA

    Loading Area in NAIA Rd Ext cor Coastal Rd


    Bus Stop for buses going to NAIA 1&2 from South West Integrated Coastal Mall
    Located just outside Coastal Mall and South West Integrated Bus Terminal. You just exit Coastal Mall ground and go to the sidewalk of NAIA Rd Ext. Wait until the traffic lights turn red so that all buses stop. Ride a bus of your choice.

    Routes of buses that stop outside Coastal Mall - NAIA Rd, NAIA Terminal 2, NAIA Terminal 1



    Jeepney Loading Area NAIA Rd cor Coastal Rd


    Use the footbridge from Coastal Mall and cross Coastal Rd. Go down at the other side. Wait for a jeepney at the loading area near KFC and 7-11 Convenience Store.

    Route of jeepney at NAIA Rd - Sucat, PAGCOR Casino, Duty Free Philippines Fiesta Mall, SM Sucat


    How To Commute From South West Terminal To These Locations?


    Route #1

    Baclaran, Ayala Ave (entire stretch), Cuneta Astrodome, OWWA, LRT-1 Gil Puyat Station

    Ride a bus with "Ayala Leveriza LRT" sign. Refer to Terminal and Loading Areas above. Ask the conductor to drop you off at your particular destination.

    Route #2

    Lawton, Intramuros, Manila City Hall, Park & Ride, Welcome Rotunda, Espana, Quezon Ave

    Here are your options: One, you can take a one bus ride to Lawton, Espana, Quezon Ave, Philcoa, Commonwealth Ave, etc. Ride a city bus with "Lawton Fairview" sign. Two, ride a UV Express and alight at your destination located before Lawton. Three, you can also ride a jeepney bound ror Quiapo.

    Route #3

    Mall of Asia, SM Arena, DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs), Baclaran

    Ride a MOA Shuttle that I have mentioned earlier. Ask the driver to drop you off at your destination.

    Route #4

    La Salle, PGH UP Manila, Lawton, Park & Ride, Manila City Hall

    Ride a bus with "Lawton" sign. Use the loading area located at Roxas Blvd northbound lane. Get off the bus at the unloading area near to your destination.

    Route #5

    LRT-1 EDSA Station, MRT-3 Taft Station, Ortigas Center, Julia Vargas, SM Mega Mall, Bonifacio Global City, POEA, EDSA Crossing Shaw

    Go to the terminal of jeepneys bound for Baclaran, MRT and LRT. The sign of these jeepneys is "MRT/LRT." Or you can ride a city bus with any of these signs: "Monumento Cubao", "Fairview Ortigas", "Novaliches C-5." Alight at your destination. If your destination is BGC, ride bus with "Ayala Ibabaw" sign, alight at Ayala and ride a BGC bus at its terminal. Ask the conductor for information as to which unloading area is nearer to your destination. If your destination is EDSA Crossing Shaw and POEA, make sure secondary signs that read "Crossing Ibabaw" and "Ortigas Ilalim", respectively, are present in signboards of the bus you are riding. If your destination is either LRT EDSA Station or MRT Taft Station, get off the bus at the unloading area before Taft Ave. There is no loading/unloading area located past Taft Ave. You will get too far from your destination if you don't alight before Taft Ave.

    Route #6

    NAIA Terminal 2, NAIA Terminal 1

    Ride a bus with "NAIA-1" sign at loading area located at NAIA Rd Ext which is just outside Coastal Mall and South West Terminal. First drop off is Terminal 2, followed by Terminal 1.

    Route #7

    NAIA Terminal 3, Newport City/Resort World Manila

    Ride a bus bound for EDSA's northern end. Get off the bus at the unloading area before Taft Ave. There is no unloading area past Taft Ave so alight before Taft. Go to the terminal of NAIA Shuttle located at Genesis Bus Transport Terminal. Board a bus bound for Terminal 3. The bus will drop off passengers first at Terminal 3 before passing by Newport City. Ask driver to drop you off at Newport City's unloading area. To get to Genesis Transport Terminal, cross Taft Ave via pedestrian footbridge. Fro more details, go to NAIA 1-2-3 Shuttle Bus: Easy Way To Get To & From NAIA Terminals

    Route #8

    Manila Domestic Terminal 4

    Follow direction given at Route #6 but alight at the unloading area before or after Domestic Rd. Cross NAIA Rd and go to loading area located along Domestic Rd. Ride a jeepney with "Baclaran" sign. Alight at Manila Domestic Airport Terminal 4.

    Route #9

    Sucat, PAGCOR Casino, Duty Free Philippines Fiesta Mall, SM Sucat

    Ride a jeepney with "Sucat" sign at NAIA Rd loading area near to KFC and 7-11. Alight at your destination. Ask driver to drop you off.

    Route #10

    Gil Puyat aka Buendia Ave (entire length), Libertad Taft

    Ride a bus with "Ayala LRT Leveriza" sign. Alight at Taft Ave. For any location along Gil Puyat Ave, ride a jeepney with "Guadalupe" sign. Ask driver to drop you off at your destination. For Libertad Taft, ride a jeepney with "Baclaran" or "Pasay Rotunda" sign at Taft Ave's southbound lane. Alight at Libertad.

    Route #11

    Mabini Street Malate/Ermita, MH Del Pilar Malate/Ermita

    If your destination is located along these streets, ride a bus with "Ayala LRT Leveriza" sign. Get off at Harrison St. Ride a jeepney with "Mabini" or "MH del Pilar" secondary signs and alight at your destination. You can also ride a UV Express that passes through Roxas Blvd which is paralleled to Mabini and MH del Pilar.

    Hope you find this article helpful. If you're facing a problem in commuting from South West Terminal to a destination not listed here, you can ask me via comment form below.
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    6 Aug 2013

    South-West Bus Terminal Inaugurates Today

  • 6 Aug 2013
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  • Update: 11 May 2017 Important: Southwest Integrated Provincial Bus Terminal has transferred to HK Sun Plaza in Pasay. Please read the new published article How to Get to Southwest Integrated Provincial Bus Terminal to get commuting direction from your location to the new terminal of buses bound for Cavite, Batangas and Mindoro. End of Update

    South West Integrated Terminal for passenger liners bound to Cavite and Batangas (vice versa) inaugurates today, August 6, 2013. The inauguration which starts at 4:30 am finally sealed the commitment of MMDA (Metro Manila Development Authority) to ease the traffic along main thoroughfares of our metropolis.

    South West Terminal Inauguration
    The bus station with the official name of South-West Integrated Provincial Transport System is constructed with interest of the riding public in the mind of those who are responsible for its design and amenities. Firstly, it is built inside a mall where passengers can shop and dine before going home. A popular brand of grocery store for the masses is located inside of Coastal Mall where this terminal is located. Second, loading areas for city buses of different routes are very near. In fact, out-bound city buses from MMDA's "Bus Management Dispatch System" station passes through the frontage of South West Terminal. I think it is safe to assume that they will build bus bays for city buses right in that area. For now, if you ask me regarding the right spot of loading for city buses, you can ride along Diosdado Macapagal Blvd, the road that bounded the provincial terminal to the west.

    South-West Integrated Provincial Transport System
    If there are questions that you may have, like "how to get to South West Terminal", "exact location", "provincial routes of the buses", "how to get to your destination from South West Terminal", etc, please read my two previous posts about this bus terminal. Here are the links: Integrated Bus Terminal For Batangas & Cavite Buses Opens and South West Integrated Terminal & City Buses Coastal Mall Station.


    Watch for upcoming post that will discuss detailed directions from South West Integrated Terminal to various important spots like NAIA Terminals, MOA, DFA, Ortigas, etc. Furthermore, for more convenient commute I will give you the list of routes of UV Express which has their own terminal inside South West Integrated.
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    25 Jul 2013

    Commute Guide To Manila Based On Bus Ban Ordinance

  • 25 Jul 2013
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  • Attention: All commuters and passengers. To make sure that the bus you will ride is allowed to traverse Manila, look for the tagging sticker which must be attached in front of the bus. The sticker has white background and black text. Written are the following: Body number, plate number, and Vice Mayor Isko Moreno's signature over his printed name. According to Mayor Joseph Estrada buses are now allowed to enter the city provided they have the stickers which are given to ten buses per (bus) company. Loading/Unloading zones are strictly enforced. The following are the only places you can ride and alight: Quirino cor Taft Ave, Rizal Park Taft Ave, Park&Ride Lawton, UST below Pedestrian Overpass. To avoid hassles and inconveniences, please be guided accordingly. This first paragraph of this article is an update. The original article starts on the second paragraph. Watch for more updates as the situation in Manila's on-going modification of bus ban ordinance is improving. This update will be edited to keep you posted. So make sure to check this post from time to time. (end of update)

    The new city ordinance of Manila which bans and prohibits all city buses as well as provincial ones from entering the city border creates displacement among passengers and commuters. Most of them get confused as to where and what route to take from where the buses stop to the location of their respective destinations within the city of Manila.

    Unexpected Drop-off kilometers away from destinations


    Buses from south of Metro Manila that take Roxas Blvd have to end their trips at Gil Puyat corner Roxas Blvd in Pasay City. They shall make a U-turn and take the opposite lane that goes back to their point of origins. Bus routes affected are those from Alabang, Las Pinas, Bacoor, Paranaque, etc.

    Meanwhile, provincial buses are allowed to enter the city up to Pablo Ocampo aka Vito Cruz only. They shall turn left onto Pablo Ocampo and left again onto RoXas Blvd to take the route back to their provincial terminals.

    Buses from north of Metro Manila that take Quezon Ave have to end their trips at Welcome Rotunda in Quezon City. They shall use the Welcome Rotunda roundabout to return to their point of origin. Affected buses are those with "Fairview to Quiapo" and vice versa route. The usual route of these buses was up to Quiapo only. They don't have any terminals in Manila. As such they use small roads as their U-turns back to their origins. These roads could only accommodate light vehicles like jeepneys and cars.

    How to commute from Welcome Rotunda to your destination in Manila


    Route #1 - to PRC Morayta, Lerma, UP Manila, PWU, PGH, Quiapo, Pedro Gil Taft, UN Ave Taft, Manila City Hall, SM City Manila and other destinations nearby.

    Take a jeepney with any of these signs: "Pasay Taft", "Pedro Gil PGH", "Lerma Morayta", "Quiapo". All jeepneys bound for your destination in Manila come from two directions: Cubao and Fairvew. Those from Cubao take E Rodriguez Sr Ave while those from Fairview or Philcoa take Quezon Ave. So, if you find it too hard to ride a jeepney with vacant seats, you might want to go to E Rodriguez Sr Ave where some passengers are also getting off the jeep.

    Route #2 - to Mabini Ermita, Del Pilar Malate, UN Ave Mabini or Del Pilar, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Roxas Blvd, Pedro Gil Mabini and Del Pilar area, Robinson's Ermita, US Embassy and other areas nearby.

    The sign of jeepney that you must ride is "Baclaran Mabini" or "Vito Cruz Mabini." Most of these jeepneys come from E Rodriguez Sr Ave so you may go there if the ones that pass by at Welcome Rotunda are already full.

    How to commute from Roxas Blvd-Gil Puyat to your destination in Manila


    The spot where you alighted at Roxas Blvd cor Gil Puyat is nearer to a U-Turn of Gil Puyat where jeepneys headed to "Guadalupe" and PRC (Philippine Racing Club)" pass through. Walk to that area and take any of these jeepneys and alight at Taft Ave where you will ride another jeepney to your destination. Go to loading area along Taft Ave near cor Gil Puyat Ave.

    Route #1 - To Carriedo, Sta Cruz Manila, Recto Avenida, Escolta and other destinations nearby.

    Ride a jeepney with "Monumento" sign and get off the jeep at Sta Cruz. Walk to your destination. If your destination is at Recto, alight at the corner of Avenida and Recto Ave.

    Route #2 - To Quiapo, Lerma, Morayta, PRC Morayta, UST, Espana, Lacson Ave and other destinations nearby.

    Ride a jeepney with "Cubao UST Espana" sign. Ask driver to drop you off at your destination. If you are in a hurry and there is no jeepney of this sign, make a two ride - to Quiapo and then to Espana Blvd.

    Route #3 - To La Salle Taft, PWU, UP Manila, Pedro Gil Taft, PGH, UN Taft, Philippine Normal University, Manila City Hall, SM City Manila and other spots nearby.

    Take a jeepney with any of the signs in Route #1 and Route #2 and alight at your destination. Ask driver to drop you off.

    Route #4 - MH Del Pilar, Mabini, Roxas Blvd, Harrison Plaza, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Robinson's Place Ermita Pamantasan ng Lungson ng Maynila and other areas nearby.

    From where you got off the bus at Roxas Blvd cor Gil Puyat, walk along Gil Puyat toward Taft Ave until you get to the corner of Harrison St which is very near. Ride a jeepney with any of these signs: "Divisoria Mabini", "Monumento Mabini", "Quiapo Mabini." Ask driver to drop you off at your specific destination.

    Emotion of unruly and disruptive bus drivers


    Manila bans city and provincial buses
    Lots of bus drivers reacted to this city ordinance implemented by the honorable mayor of Manila, former Pres Joseph Estrada. The bus drivers are claiming that their income is badly affected as half is now gone. These are the same persons who didn't have any consideration for others as they stopped in the middle of Espana Blvd to load and unload passengers. These are the same individuals who had no mercy on other motorists as they blocked, side by side, the entire southbound lane of Taft Ave cor Pedro Gil and remained there even if the traffic lights were already green for them. Up to the last minute, their only concern is their own welfare. Hope they utter words of cooperation like observing traffic rules from now on in exchange of allowing them to traverse Manila thoroughfares again.
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    15 Jul 2013

    South West Integrated Terminal & City Buses Coastal Mall Station

  • 15 Jul 2013
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  • Update: 11 May 2017 Important: Southwest Integrated Provincial Bus Terminal has transferred to HK Sun Plaza in Pasay. Please read the new published article How to Get to Southwest Integrated Provincial Bus Terminal to get commuting direction from your location to the new terminal of buses bound for Cavite, Batangas and Mindoro. End of Update

    The new integrated bus terminal for all Batangas and Cavite bound buses will be known as "South West Integrated Provincial Transport Terminal." For commuters that will be affected by the transfer, here's the good news. MMDA has also put up its Coastal Mall Station for "Bus Management Dispatch System" that will handle northbound city buses. In other words, South West Integrated Terminal and MMDA Bus Management Dispatch System are located in the same location which is the Coastal Mall. If you have no knowledge yet about the terminal-transfer of the aforementioned provincial buses, you might like to read our first article about it. Just go to Integrated Bus Terminal For Batangas & Cavite Buses Opens.

    Update: New post about terminals of UV Express, jeepneys and city buses as well as bus loading area in Roxas Blvd for faster commute is created on Aug 10, 2013. Go to -> Commute Guide From South West Terminal To Different Locations

    Huge Help for Affected Commuters in terms of Convenience


    South West Integrated Terminal for Cavite and Batangas buses
    What does this new development means for everyone? Most affected commuters especially those who travel to work daily from provinces of Cavite and Batangas worry about the distance of loading area for their second ride from the integrated terminal. I for one had thought that you needed to cross Roxas Blvd to ride a city bus. I could just imagine the daunting daily routine of climbing those footbridges, and after passing through two that connected to each other, down in the road you would have to grapple with other passengers to ride a crowded bus. You would also need to run as it's chaotic there. Buses stop anywhere. They are all over the place. That's crazy. And yes the inconvenience brought about by riding a jam packed bus is also a major issue. Now that the terminal of city buses is adjacent to provincial buses, transfer is more convenient. Furthermore, since the city buses terminal is also a dispatch station, you are always assured of a vacant seat. If the first bus is full, you just need to take the next bus that will be dispatched.

    Towns and cities in Cavite and Batangas served by South West Integrated Terminal


    In alphabetical order:

    Alfonso, Amadeo, Balayan, Calatagan, Carmona, Cavite City., Dasmarinas, Gen Aguinaldo, Gen Trias, GMA, Indang, Magallanes, Mandez, Maragondon, Naic, Nasugbu, Silang, Tagaytay, Tansa, Ternate, and Trece Martires

    How to commute to South West Integrated Terminal


    Since city bus terminal is located right here, you can ride any southbound bus that passes through EDSA as long as there's "Coastal Mall" or "NAIA" secondary sign displayed on it. For complete details on how to get to South West Integrated Bus Terminal, please go to Integrated Bus Terminal For Batangas & Cavite Buses Opens. If your location is not listed there, use the comment form and ask me. I am more than willing to help.

    Where to ride city buses after alighting at South West Integrated Terminal


    Bus Management Dispatch System Coastal Mall Station for city buses
    Buses from Bus Management Dispatch System Terminal get around the huge building of Coastal Mall and pass by the exact location of South West Integrated Terminal which is at the corner of Macapagal Blvd and NAIA Rd Ext. They turn right from Macapagal Blvd onto NAIA Rd. All you need to do is to go to the bus stop outside South West Integrated Terminal to ride a city bus that will take you to your destination. Or to a spot where you will take another public transport system such as MRT/LRT and jeepney.
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    14 Jul 2013

    How To Commute To Robinsons Magnolia

  • 14 Jul 2013
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  • Robinsons Magnolia is located along Aurora Blvd between LRT-2 stations of Gilmore and Betty Go Belmonte. It is exactly situated at the corner of Dona M Hemady and Aurora Blvd. If you're going there by train, the nearest station is Gilmore Station. From the station, just walk eastward or toward the direction of Cubao. Please see map below this article.

    Commute to Robinsons Magnolia by train


    Robinsons Magnolia
    If your location is near to a station of any of the three lines of MRT/LRT, you can go to Robinsons Magnolia in a breeze. From any station of LRT-1 which runs the entire length of Taft Ave, Rizal Ave and EDSA's north portion, get off the train at Doroteo Jose Station. Use the footbridge connected to LRT-2 Recto Station and ride another train bound for Santolan. Alight at Gilmore Station and walk further ahead along Aurora Blvd until you see Robinsons Magnolia on your right. From any station of MRT-3 which runs along EDSA, alight at Araneta Cubao Station. Get inside Farmers Plaza and use the footbridge connected to Smart Araneta Coliseum and Gateway Mall. Follow directional signs to Line 2 train Station which is LRT-2 Araneta Cubao Station located along Aurora Blvd and connected to Gateway Mall. Take a second train bound for Recto Station and alight at Gilmore, third station from Araneta Center Cubao. From any station of Line 2, which runs from Recto, passes through Aurora Blvd and ends in Santolan Pasig, just get off the train at Gilmore Station.





    How to get to Robinsons Magnolia from different parts of Metro Manila





    Route #1

    From Quiapo, Recto, Carriedo, Manila City Hall, SM City Manila, Intramuros, Divisoria, Recto, Morayta and other areas nearby.

    By Jeepney - First, if you're in other areas mentioned above such as Manila City Hall, SM City Manila and Intramuros, ride a jeepney with "Monumento" or "Dapitan" sign and alight at Recto Ave. In Recto, ride a jeepney with "Cubao" sign and after the jeepney passed through Gilmore Station and crossed Gilmore Ave, you get to see the Robinsons Magnolia to your right.

    By train - Ride a train at LRT-2 Recto Station, and alight at Gilmore then walk to Robinsons Magnolia.

    Route #2

    From Baclaran, Pasay Rotunda, Harrison, Malibay and other areas.

    By Jeepney - Ride a jeepney with any of these signs: "Monumento", "Cubao" or "Dapitan." You can take this jeepney at any of these spots: Roxas Blvd service road near McDonald's, Taft Ave in Pasay Rotunda and Harrison St. Alight at Recto Station and follow direction in Route #1.





    By trains - You have two options. First, ride a LRT-1 train bound for Roosevelt and alight at Doroteo Jose. Ride another train at LRT-2 Recto Station bound for Santolan and alight at Gilmore. Second, ride a MRT-3 train at Taft Station and alight at Araneta Cubao Station. Take a LRT-2 train, alight at Gilmore and walk eastward along Aurora or toward Cubao.

    Route #3

    From Alabang, Muntinlupa, Sucat, Bicutan, FTI, Filinvest City, Festival Mall, Metropolis Starmall and other areas nearby.

    By Bus & Jeepney - Ride a bus with "Cubao Ibabaw" sign and alight at Cubao. Walk along EDSA's northbound lane and use the footbridge to get across Aurora Blvd. Ride a jeepney along Aurora Blvd with "Divisoria" or "Stop&Shop" sign. After the jeepney has passed through LRT-2 Betty Go Belmonte Station, watch for Robinsons Magnolia on your left. Get off the jeepney exactly opposite the mall and cross Aurora Blvd.

    By Train - Ride the same bus and alight at Magallanes loading area then walk toward MRT-3 Magallanes Station. Take a "North" bound train and alight at Araneta Cubao Station. Follow direction given at Route #2 (by train, second option).

    Route #4

    From Monumento, Bagong Barrio, Balintawak, Letre, Malabon, Navotas and other areas nearby.

    By Bus/Jeepney - Ride a bus with "Cubao Ibabaw" sign and alight before the bus crosses Aurora Blvd. Walk to the corner of EDSA and Aurora Blvd and ride a jeepney with either "Divisoria" or "Stop&Shop" sign. Alight at Robinsons Magnolia.

    By Train - Get off the bus at North Station of MRT-3. Ride a train bound for Taft Station. Alight at Araneta Cubao Station and follow direction given at Route #2 (by train, second option).

    Route #5

    From Farview, Novaliches, Philcoa, Ayala Technohub and other areas nearby.

    Just ride a bus southbound, e.g., "Baclaran", "Alabang", "Sucat", "Coastal", "NAIA/MIA", etc.




    The bus must have a secondary signage that reads "Cubao Ibabaw." Follow direction in Route #4 (by bus/jeepney).

    Route #6

    From Marikina, SSS Village, Cainta, SM City Marikina, Ateneo and other areas nearby.




    By Jeepney - Depending on your location, you can either take one ride or two rides to reach Robinsons Magnolia. In Marikina, you can take a jeepney bound for Divisoria or Stop&Shop and alight at Robinsons Magnolia. If there's no jeepney bound for Divisoria or Stop&Shop in your area, you can ride a jeep or UV Express to Cubao, then along Aurora Blvd, take a jeepney bound for Stop&Shop and alight at Robinsons Magnolia.

    By Train - Ride a train at LRT-2 Santolan Station or a nearer station to you. The train is headed to Recto Station. Alight at Gilmore and walk along Aurora Blvd eastward or toward Cubao until you see Robinsons Magnolia.

    Robinsons Magnolia map
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    Commute Directions To UP AyalaLand TechnoHub

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  • UP Ayala Technohub is very near to Quezon Memorial Circle. It's only a short walk away. When I went to Ayala Technohub, on the way home I just walked the distance of approximately 660 meters from there to QMC. Located along Commonwealth Ave, going to UP Ayala Technohub is very easy because city buses and public jeepneys ply the route in which it is located.

    Loading & Unloading at UP Ayala Technohub


    Photo from here
    A footbridge is built in front of UP Ayala Technohub for all commuters headed to this location. As of this writing the Ayala Technohub footbridge is the second footbridge along Commonwealth Ave from Elliptical Road where Quezon Memorial Circle is located.




    So, there's no need to worry that you would miss it. Once the jeepney or bus you're boarding turn right onto Commonwealth, it would immediately pass through the first footbridge. Watch for the second footbridge and alight at the unloading area there. Climb up the pedestrian overpass to get across Commonwealth Ave where the sprawling Ayala Technohub is located. In going home, just wait for a jeepney or bus at the loading area just outside the gate of the Techno park.

    One ride away from far distant locations


    From Pedro Gil Taft, PGH, UP Manila, UN Ave, Quiapo - Ride a jeepney with "Fairview" sign. Drop off at Ayala Technohub.

    From Alabang, Sucat, Bicutan, FTI - Take a bus bound for Fairview and alight at Technohub.

    From Baclaran, Coastal Mall, NAIA/MIA, Heritage Hotel, Aseana City, Pasay Rotunda - The sign of the bus to ride must be "Fairview." You take this bus at any of these locations: Coastal Mall city bus terminal, Roxas Blvd loading areas in Baclaran, Heritage Hotel, EDSA-Harrison, EDSA Taft. Get off the bus at Ayala Technohub.

    How to get to Ayala Technohub by MRT/LRT train






    The nearest line to Ayala Technohub is MRT-3 which runs along EDSA. You can get off the train at any of these stations: GMA Kamuning Station or Quezon Ave Station. From the train station ride a jeepney or bus. If you alight from the train at GMA Kamuning Station, you need to walk a bit too far to East Ave and ride a bus with "Fairview" sign. If you get off the bus at Quezon Ave, go to the loading area located along Quezon Ave. It's just a short walk away. Ride a jeepney bound for Fairview and get off at Ayala Technohub. You can also ride a UV Express which is located in front of MRT-3 Quezon Ave. Their terminal is outside Centris Station, a mall connected to the train station. Ask the dispatcher or driver as to which vehicle to ride. Mention your destination - Ayala Technohub.

    How to go to Ayala Technohub from other locations in Metro Manila


    Route #1

    From SM MOA, Department of Foreign Affairs, Metropolitan Park

    Go to Baclaran by riding a yellow multi-cab that plies the route of MOA-DFA-Baclaran. In Baclaran take the bus to Fairview.

    Route #2

    From Ortigas Center, SM Megamall, EDSA-Shaw, POEA, Tektite, Robinsons Galleria

    Go to EDSA's northbound lane and ride the bus bound for Fairview. You can also take a train bound for North Ave and alight at either Quezon Ave or GMA-Kamuning Station. The station where you board the train is either Ortigas Station or Shaw Blvd Station.

    Route #3

    From Filinvest City, Metropolis Starmall, Festival Mall, SM City Bicutan

    Go to a loading area along northbound lane of SLEX or Osmena Hi-way and wait for a bus with "Fairview" sign. Ride this bus and either take the whole ride to Ayala Technohub (this option is longer because of traffic) or alight at Magallanes and board a MRT-3 train.

    Route #4

    From SM City Marikina, Robinson's East, Sta Lucia East, Santolan Pasig

    You can take either a jeepney or train to Cubao where you take your next ride. If you choose jeepney, ride one with any of these signs: "Divisoria", "Stop&Shop", or "Cubao." Go to northbound lane of EDSA and ride a bus with "Fairvew" sign. If you choose train, take a Recto bound train at LRT-2 Santolan Station. Alight at Areneta Center Cubao Station. Get inside Gateway Mall and walk to MRT-3 Araneta Cubao Station. Take another train bound to North Station and alight at either Kamuning or Quezon Ave stations. Then ride a jeepney or bus to Fairview.

    Route #5

    From Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Subic, etc.

    Ride a bus to Integrated Bus Terminal EDSA North or any bus with terminal located along EDSA. Ride a southbound bus, i.e., "Baclaran", "Alabang", "Coastal Mall", etc. Get off the bus at Quezon Ave unloading zone. Use the footbridges and go to loading/unloading area near Centris and ride a jeepney bound for Fairview.

    Route #6

    From Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Quezon Province

    Ride a bus to Alabang or Southwest Integrated Terminal. From Alabang, use the One ride away from far distant locations (From Alabang) direction mentioned above. For faster commute, you can take MRT, refer to Route #3 and the details mentioned in How to get to Ayala Technohub by MRT/LRT mentioned earlier.
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    2 Jul 2013

    Espana Blvd-Lacson Ave Underpass to Decongest Traffic

  • 2 Jul 2013
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  • In life something has to give in order to gain another. For decades, the intersection of Lacson Ave and Espana Blvd had been pain in the neck for us all that passed through it. You could be a commuter on a jeepney bound for Quiapo. Or the driver of that jeepney itself. Or maybe you're a motorist that stuck in the traffic. Whichever individual you are from the aforementioned, one thing is for sure. You've been pissed off by never ending traffic in one of the most popular, or should I say infamous, road intersections of Metro Manila. The location also falls as one of the critical areas during rainy season due to flash floods.

    Now that our government has found a solution, in good faith, scores of individuals raise their concerns over fear of worsened flooding in the area. And who can question the integrity of their sentiment? Trees do reduce flooding by absorbing water through their roots. Earlier, DPWH proposed a plan to build a flyover along Lacson Ave. The plan was scrapped due to UST'S opposition who claimed the proposed project to decongest traffic would ultimately "result in urban decay."

    Underpass - seen as solution to ease up the heavy traffic


    Once finished, the project will be known as Espana Blvd-Lacson Ave Underpass. It will be built along Espana, intersecting Lacson by passing under it. Imagine yourself driving continuously past Lacson without the long wait for red traffic lights to turn green. Or commuting in a jeepney or bus and you don't even notice that you're already past Lacson Ave.

    Here's the plan. First, DPWH will undertake road-widening. Once Espana Blvd is widened, works on the underpass project starts. Now to widen Espana, they have to cut trees along the boulevard. An estimated 300 trees will be cut down. There is where issues arise. Environmentalists, students, school authorities call for the stoppage of the whole project. They chant "No to cutting trees in Lacson Yes to environmental sustainability."

    Reality


    There are two elements present in the area of Espana Blvd-Lacson Ave intersection. One is the perennial traffic which will not go away. Another is "the trees" which somehow prevent flash floods from getting worse although the way we've seen it, that's already the case every rainy season. Fact is - commuters, motorists, pedestrians and automobiles are not dwindling in numbers. Rather, they multiplied. New and second hand cars are bought daily, high school graduates from different provinces entered Manila colleges and universities yearly, and newly graduates have to find jobs. The reality is traffic congestion in Espana and Lacson intersection will inevitably get worse.

    While trees play major role in reducing carbon emissions as well as lessening the impact of floods, it's also reality that mature tree transplanting and tree moving are done today as ways to replace ones needed to cut down. There are ample spaces meters away from the existing trees where transplanting can be done.

    Inevitable


    Groups who oppose to this project may become successful in stopping this awesome development. DPWH may give in to those powerful calls and outcry. For now. Yes for now. But as traffic condition in Espana and Lacson turns from bad to worse... and from worse to extremely worse, secondary thoroughfare will be eventually built. Be it a flyover or underpass, time will come when those people who oppose it right now will realize that indeed the underpass should go on. After all, is there any way?
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    22 Jun 2013

    GMA News TV Pasabay on the Go Campus Edition

  • 22 Jun 2013
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  • Students from schools and universities around the vicinity of Taft Ave Manila, it's time for you to celebrate. That's because GMA News TV Pasabay Campus Edition brings to your location the Kapuso Network's public service of free bus rides from Trinoma to Taft Ave and vice from June 24 to July 19, 2013.

    But unlike the previous Pasabay editions, this season's free rides of GMA Network has only one route from Trinoma. There is no terminal at Taft Ave. The route is continues from Trinoma and the bus makes a U-Turn at TM Kalaw Ave to take the opposite lane back to Trinoma.

    The Route


    Trinoma - EDSA - Quezon Ave - Espana - Quiapo - Manila City Hall - U-Turn at Taft Ave (Kalaw) - Manila City Hall - Quiapo - Espana - Quezon Ave - EDSA - Trinoma

    Bus Departure Time From Trinoma


    BUS 1 BUS 2
    5:00AM 6:00AM
    10:00AM 11:00AM
    3:00PM 4:00PM
    8:00PM 9:00PM

    For details on the location of bus terminal in Trinoma, please read it on our last post about the last Pasabay, just go to Trinoma to Market Market Free Bus Ride via GMA News TV Pasabay On The Go

    Educational institutions near to the route of Pasabay on the go are: Adamson University, Araullo High School, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Manila Science High School, Philippine Christian University, Philippine Normal University, Philippine Women's University, Saint Paul University Manila, Santa Isabel College, Technological University of the Philippines and University of the Philippines Manila. I will update this post to give you the exact address of the bus terminal in Taft Ave/UN Ave.

    The Ride


    It's not your ordinary "libreng sakay." A fun-filled ride awaits you. While on the bus and travels, you get to experience a Pinoy favorite group entertainment which is videoke or karaoke. You get to mingle and be entertained by News To Go Team consists of friendly and gleeful individuals including the courteous driver. Program is held inside a bus in which prizes of useful items are given to those who sing well. So, if I were you I will hone my singing talent a little bit. Lots of giveaways are up for grabs, too.

    Requirement


    You only need to present your School ID to qualify for a free ride of GMA News TV Pasabay Campus Edition.
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    21 Jun 2013

    Integrated Bus Terminal For Batangas & Cavite Buses Opens

  • 21 Jun 2013
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  • The first integrated bus terminal for provincial buses in Metro Manila which aims to ease traffic in the metropolis is scheduled to open on August 6, 2013. The initial integrated terminal is built for buses that ply the routes of Batangas-Manila and Cavite-Manila. After August 6, 2013, these buses will no longer be allowed to take their usual routes from their respective origins beyond the location of the integrated terminal designated for them.

    Location of Integrated Bus Terminal for Batangas & Cavite Buses


    The bus depot for the two provinces of CALABARZON is located at Coastal Mall which is situated at the corner of Aguinaldo Blvd and NAIA Rd Ext in Paranaque City. Aguinaldo Blvd which is also known as Coastal Rd is the extension of Roxas Blvd. Similar integrated bus terminals are set to open in Alabang and North EDSA. Alabang Integrated Bus Terminal will serve buses from other provinces south of Manila, e.g., Laguna, Quezon, etc. Meanwhile, North EDSA Integrated Bus Terminal will be the home of buses from provinces north of Metro Manila such as Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, etc.

    How To Get To Coastal Mall Integrated Bus Terminal






    Via EDSA - Just ride a bus with "MIA" or "NAIA" sign. You can take this bus from any point in EDSA. In some cases, you might need to take two bus rides if you don't find a NAIA bus in your area. Drop off at Coastal Mall. You use this route from any of the following locations: Novaliches, Fairview, Munoz, Cubao, Megamall, Guadalupe, etc.

    Via LRT - From any station, get off the train at EDSA Station and ride a "NAIA" bound bus and alight at Coastal Mall.

    Via MRT - From any station, alight at Taft Station and take "NAIA" bound bus and alight at Coastal Mall.

    How To Commute From Integrated Terminal To Different Locations In Metro Manila


    If you are having a problem in commuting to your destination after getting off the provincial bus in Coastal Mall, please read the newly created post entitled Commute Guide From South West Terminal To Different Locations. You can click that link or go here. Listed there are locations of terminals of jeepneys, city buses and UV Express headed outside of Coastal Mall and South West Integrated.

    Affected Passengers






    All passengers from Batangas and Cavite should alight at Coastal Mall. From there, they can take another bus or jeepney on the way to their destinations. They can take a bus bound for "Monumento", "Cubao", "Fairview", etc and drop off at their destination or at MRT Taft Staion/LRT EDSA Station. From these stations, ride a train and alight at station nearer to your destination. If you want to know where to ride a city bus after alighting a provincial bus at Coastal Mall, please go to South West Integrated Terminal & City Buses Coastal Mall Station.

    Affected Buses


    For years, terminals of these buses in Metro Manila were found in different locations in Pasay and Manila areas. Gil Puyat aka Buendia in Taft Ave for one had been popular location of many terminals for these provincial buses. Lawton and Sta Cruz in Manila were also known as bastion for these passenger liners.

    Long Term Benefits


    According to MMDA, volume of traffic along major roads of Metro Manila will be decreased once the three big bus integrated terminals are completed. The available spaces gained from the removal of provincial buses will be used by fewer buses and motorists. Thus, significantly reducing traffic.

    Although this major change in commuting brings huge inconveniences for our fellow citizens who travel to their works from their respective provincial towns, colossal benefits for the majority in terms of fast and smooth commute and drive within our metropolis are achieved.

    Furthermore, numbers of vehicular accidents that involved mostly buses will decreased significantly. In the process, we ease the traffic and save lives.

    Disclaimer: This blog is not responsible for any changes in scheduled date of opening contain herein.
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    18 Jun 2013

    Rush Hour Commute Directions To BGC Buildings From MRT Ayala Station

  • 18 Jun 2013
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  • This commuters guide for those going to a building inside BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY must only be used if you are forced to board an Upper West Route or Lower West Route bus at BGC Bus Terminal in EDSA. It happens when there are so many passengers and West/East buses are inadequate. Upper/Lower West buses are not regulars. They are only extras. These additional routes are made available only on case by case basis. You need to read this, so that if the only available bus when you get there is either Upper West or Lower West, you know where to alight. For regular bus routes from EDSA to a bldg in BGC, go to Commute Guide To Buildings & Attractions Inside BGC From MRT Ayala Station.

    Rush-Hours' Routes of BGC buses


    Below are the three rush-hours routes of BGC Buses from its terminal in EDSA just meters away from MRT Ayala Station.




    w Click each route, you will land to their respective route maps. Click the "back" button there to return here and continue reading the guide.

    Click these routes to see maps:

    IMPORTANT: You're using mobile now. Tip: To view the entire route from EDSA to BGC, drag the maps: Tap your thumb inside a map & move it. To zoom out, 'pinch-in.' To zoom in, 'pinch-out.'


    Upper West RouteLower West RouteEast Route

    What is the Name of your Building Destination?


    You must know the name of the building you are headed to. You're just going to look up the building in the lists below. Once you found it, you remember the bus stop name, get the walking direction given and off you go. Commuting to a BGC building location, even for first timers has never been easier. Just read on.

    Which Bus Stop will you use to get to your building?


    Once you see the name of your building, you will easily get the Bus Stop it is near to. In that section of this guide is the ordinal position of that bus stop from EDSA Bus Terminal, i.e., first stop from EDSA, second bus stop, etc. It is important that you know the ordinal position or number of your bus stop so that you know when to get off the bus. You will also see the name of the bus stop on the waiting shed - written conspicuously.

    Walking direction from Bus Stop to your building is linked to separate page






    Very Important: You must wait for the new page to load COMPLETELY before you can read the walk direction for your building. Except for HSBC Bus Stop, all Bus Stops here are the exact Bus Stops used in regular routes during off-peak hours. So the walking directions from Bus Stop to buildings during peak hours and during off-peak hours are of course the same. So we linked your Bus Stop here to the location on the regular route page where walking directions are given. Remember that the new page automatically scrolls down to the location of particular walk direction. The browser might become slower. So you must wait patiently.

    How do I know which Bus Stop to get off from the bus?


    As you read through this guide, you get to know which Bus Stop inside Bonifacio Global City is to use to get to your building destination. Lists of buildings for each bus stop are provided. Look for the name of your building on the first bus stop. If it's not found there go to the next bus stop and so on. It is followed by walking directions from Bus Stop (HSBC Bus Stop only.) In other bus stops, 'walk direction' links to the separate page are provided. The separate page is our main article for commuting to BGC buildings & attractions from MRT-3 Ayala Station in EDSA. If you want to check the whole article first, open it in a new window or tab by hitting this link: Commute Guide To Buildings & Attractions Inside BGC From MRT Ayala Station

    Now begin your commute from BGC Bus Terminal located in EDSA-Ayala just across MRT-3 Ayala Station. Next subheading tells you how.

    How To Get To Buildings In BGC During Rush Hour from MRT Ayala Station?


    Buy ticket from Ticket Booth at BGC Bus Terminal which is located across MRT-3 Ayala Station stairs, northbound exit. The BGC Bus Terminal is inside McKinley Exchange bldg aka Telus which is at the corner of EDSA and McKinley. Once you have the ticket, stand in line under the sign of your bus route,i.e., Upper, Lower or East. Or follow directions given by officers managing the queue. Alight at the Bus Stop nearer to your building destination and walk toward it. It's important that you must already know the location of your building in relation to the nearest Bus Stop before you ride the bus. So here are my tips: Do these before riding a train to MRT Ayala Station. Look for the name of your building or spot to which you are headed on the lists that you will see below. If you don't find your destination on the first list, go to the next list, and so on. Once you see your building or spot, check what bus route it is under. Then remember the location of bus stop nearer to it. Write in a piece of paper or type on your tablet's or phone's notepad the walking direction from the bus stop to your destination. That's it.

    Buildings & spots served by "Upper West" route bus:


    32nd & Fifth
    Accralaw
    Autostrada
    Bellagio
    Bench Tower
    Blue Sapphire Residences
    Bonifacio One Technology Tower
    Bonifacio Ridge
    Bonifacio Technology Centre
    Burgos Circle
    CATS Mercedes Benz
    Commerce Center
    Crescent Park Residences
    F1 City Center Hotel
    Fort Legend Tower
    Fort Palm Spring Condominium
    Furnitalia
    HSBC Centre

    JPMorgan Chase
    Kensington Place
    Korean Cultural Center
    MC Home Depot
    McKinley Park Residencese
    Mind Museum
    Net Cube
    Net Plaza
    Net Quad
    Penhurst Park Place
    S&R
    Shangri-la Hotel
    St Luke Medical Center
    The Fort Residences
    The Grand Hamptons Tower 1
    The Grand Hamptons Tower 2
    The Sapphire Residences
    The Trade & Financial Tower
    W Fifth Avenue

    The first Bus Stop inside BGC for this particular route is located at 5th Ave next to HSBC Centre and so it is called HSBC. This Bus Stop is not linked to separate page because it is not primarily used in off-peak hours. The 'walk directions from this bus stop are given in this paragraph. So, if your destination is HSBC Centre, alight here. W Fifth Avenue is just opposite HSBC in 5th Ave. It also occupies the other corner of 5th Ave and 32nd St. If your destination is 32nd & Fifth building, just walk back to 32nd Ave from the bus stop and you get to see it at the corner of 5th Ave and 32nd St. F1 Hotel, Globe Telecom Headquarters and Trade & Financial Tower are located along 32nd St, so just cross 5th Ave and walk along 32nd St. Next to W Fifth Ave is F1 Hotel, followed by Globe Telecom and then The Trade & Financial Tower in the opposite corner of 32nd St and 7th Ave.

    The next set of buildings are nearer to the second Bus Stop inside BGC for this route which is located in 3rd Ave. The name of the bus stop is Net Cube. Check your building and then click 'walk directions' next to the list and after some instructions in paragraphs that followed the list. If your building is not listed, look for it on the third and last set of buildings for Upper West route.

    Bench Tower
    Bonifacio One Technology Tower
    CATS Motors Inc's Mercedes Benz
    Commerce Center
    Ford Global City
    Fort Legend tower
    Furnitalia
    Jollibee Rizal Drive
    Kia Motors Global City

    Korean Cultural Center
    Mancor Corporate Center
    McKinley Park Residences
    Meguiar's VIP Auto Salon
    Mind Museum
    Net Cube
    Net Quad
    Red Ribbon
    Shangri-la Hotel
    St Luke Medical Center

    To get the walk directions to these buildings, please click 'walk directions' link below. But read instructions here first. IMPORTANT: Wait until the next page is completely loaded. Ignore the title on that page and the first sentences especially the one that says "this is during off-peak hours only." Begin reading only in the part that starts off with:

    "Here are walking directions from this Bus Stop..."

    Don't forget to see the map below the text there and click the pins on the map. To return to this page again, DO NOT click "back" button there. Instead, click the tab of this page on your browser. Now, if your building is listed above, click the link below:

    Walk Directions





    Here is the last set of building destinations served by Upper West route of buses from EDSA-Ayala. If you found your building here, click the link below the list for walk direction from the bus stop.

    Accralaw
    Bellagio
    Blue Sapphire Residences
    Bonifacio Ridge
    Bonifacio Technology Centre
    Burgos Circle
    Crescent Park Residences
    Fort Palm Spring Condominium

    Grand Hamptons Tower 1
    Grand Hamptons Tower 2
    JP Morgan Chase
    Kensington Place
    Net Plaza
    Penhurst Park Place
    The Fort Residences
    The Sapphire Residences

    If your destination is listed above, you must get off the bus at the 3rd Bus Stop which is located at 1st Ave and it is named Crescent Park West. The bus turns left onto 1st Ave from 31st St. From Crescent Park Bus Stop, walk your way to your building destination. Click 'walk directions' link' below after reading instructions from here down to that link - to get the walking direction for your destination. You MUST wait for the next page until it is loaded completely, otherwise you will get lost. DO NOT scroll the page while it is loading. Just wait.

    Once the page is loaded, begin reading only after this sentence:

    "Here are the buildings nearer to this bus stop:"

    Ignore the first paragraph there and the title. You see that page is for off-peak hours but the bus stops are the same used in peak-hours. The big difference is the ordinal number of each bus stop in relation to its distance from EDSA Bus Terminal. That is why you need to ignore the title, because it says the ordinal number during off-peak hours. We are in peak-hours here and the ordinal numbers of bus stops here are different.

    So just read the walking direction from the bus stop on that page to your building destination. There is map for more help. Click each red pin in the map to reveal the name of the building it represents. Now go click the link below.

    Walk Directions





    Buildings & spots served by "Lower West" route bus:


    American Cemetery Gate
    Autohub
    Bellagio
    Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater
    Burgos Circle
    Central Square
    Essensa Tower
    Fairways Tower
    Fifth Avenue Place
    Forbes Town Center
    Forbeswood Heights
    Fort Victoria
    Forum South Global
    Hyundai Global City
    Icon Plaza
    Jeco Prime Bldg
    Marajo Tower
    McDonald's Forbes Town
    MINI Cooper
    Net Lima

    Net One
    Net Square
    One Global Place
    One McKinley Place
    One Parkade
    Pacific Plaza Towers
    Philam Life
    Picadilly Star
    RCBC
    Regent Park
    Seibu Tower
    Singapore Embassy
    Sun Life Centre
    The Beaufort
    The Fort
    The Luxe Residencese
    The Mind Museum

    Lower Route has four Bus Stops.

    The first bus stop from EDSA named McKinley Parkway is located as soon as the bus turns left onto 5th Ave from McKinley Road. See route map again, just hit "back" button there to return here. Get off the bus on this first bus stop and walk your way to the following buildings:

    American Cemetary
    Essensa Towers
    Fairways Tower
    Fifth Avenue Place
    Fort Victoria
    Jeco Prime Bldg
    One Global Place

    Pacific Plaza Towers
    Regent Park
    Seibu Tower
    Singapore Embassy
    Sun Life Centre
    The Beaufort

    To know how to get to any of the buildings listed above by walking from McKinley Bus Stop, we will use directions and the map published for off-peak hours. We will open the page but YOU MUST WAIT until it is loaded completely. Let the page automatically scroll down to the section of McKinley Bus Stop. Please remember that otherwise you will end up in wrong directions. Now click 'walk directions' link below if your building is listed above. Use the map there and open the pins on the map. In returning here, don't use the "back" button there. Just close the tab of that page or hit the tab of this page.

    Walk Directions





    The second bus stop (inside BGC) is now called RCBC because it's situated by the tall building of RCBC. Below are the buildings nearer to this bus stop. We will use the walking directions and map for off-peak hours route. Again, it is warned that you must wait until the page is loaded completely or you will be taken to wrong direction. Click the 'walk directions' link next to the list and wait.

    Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater
    Central Square
    Forum South Global
    Hyundai Global City
    Icon Plaza

    Mini Cooper
    Net Lima
    One Parkade
    Philam Life
    RCBC
    The Fort

    Walk Directions





    The third bus stop is Net One. It has the same ordinal number with the off-peak hours and so are in the first and second bus stops. Here are the buildings there. To get the walking directions from this bus stop to these buildings, click 'walk directions' link next to this list and wait until the page has loaded completely and on the right section of the page. Don't forget to use the map and click pins on the map.

    Autohub
    Forbes Town Center
    Forbeswood Heights
    Forbeswood Parklane
    Marajo Tower
    McDonald's Forbes Town

    Net One
    Net Square
    One McKinley Place
    Picadilly Star
    The Luxe Residencese
    The Mind Museum

    Walk Directions





    The fourth Bus Stop of Lower West route (from EDSA) is the sixth in regular or off-peak hours route. It is named Fort Victoria. That is why when you get on that page, it says "Sixth Bus Stop." Just remember during peak hours, Fort Victoria is fourth bus stop inside BGC from EDSA BGC Bus Terminal. And it is not practical to get off the bus there as it takes longer time on the whole loop. The fastest way is to use the first bus stop which is McKinley Parkway. Nevertheless, below are the buildings very near to Fort Victoria. Click the 'walking directions' link next to it but when you get there, just look at the map and click all red pins on the map so that you get the idea on how to get to the particular building. Again, wait until the new page is loaded completely.

    Fort Victoria
    One Global Place
    Pacific Plaza Towers
    Seibu Tower

    Singapore Embassy
    Sun Life Centre
    The Beaufort

    Walk Directions





    Building & spots served by "East" route bus:


    Active Fun Children's Play and Party Center
    Bo Concept BHS
    Bonifacio High Street 9th Ave access
    British School of Manila
    Department of Energy
    Dimension BHS
    ECO Tower
    Energy Development Corp
    Every Nation
    Fort NAC Tower
    Fully Booked BHS
    FX and Jeepney Terminals Market Market
    GAP BHS
    Honda Cars Global City
    International School Manila
    Japanese School
    Manuchar Philippines Inc

    Market Market
    Metro Market Market
    MOs Design BHS
    MUJI BHS
    Nuffnang Philippines
    PGA Cars Audi
    PNOC
    Seda
    Serendra
    SM Aura Premier
    South of Market
    STI College
    The Fort Strip
    W Global Center
    W Office Building

    Upper Route Bus and East Route Bus share the first Bus Stop from EDSA-Ayala which is HSBC Bus Stop in 5th Ave. So you can also take East Route Bus (rush hours only) in going to the first set of buildings mentioned in Upper Route.

    Second Bus Stop from EDSA Terminal in this route is Nutriasia. It is located along 30th St before the corner of 9th Ave. From 5th Ave, the bus turns left onto 30th St. BHS means Bonifacio High Street and this Bus Station is used in going to the center of High Street instead of the front which is in 5th Ave. 9th Ave passes through the middle of linear High Street park.



    At this point, commute directions to buildings served by "East Route" bus during peak hours are the same with "East Route" bus during peak hours. So, for that, it's better to use the main guide. Look for your building there in alphabetically listed buildings in the table, click it, and you will land to the walking direction you need. Go check the map and click each pin and placemark on the map. Here is the link to our main commuting guide to buildings inside BGC from MRT Ayala Station:

    Commute Guide To Buildings & Attractions Inside BGC From MRT Ayala Station




    Route maps of Rush-hour BGC Buses from MRT Ayala Station


    Upper West - served by HM Bus/Worthy Bus


    Tip: Dragging the map from Left to Right will show you how Upper West bus navigates from MRT Ayala to Upper West BGC and back. 'Pinch-out' gesture shows you street names and if you know the street of your bldg you know which bus stop to use. Play around with the map: 'pinch-out', 'pinch-in', drag. Familiarize yourself with vicinity and by zooming in (pinch-out) alone you get to see major buildings such as Globe Tower, Shangri-La Hotel The Fort, etc.



    Lower West - served by BGC Bus


    Tip: By viewing map on your smartphone in landscape mode you get a larger map similar to laptop & desktop view. Drag the map Left to Right and it shows the 'Lower West' Bus paths and turns. By knowing the ordinal position of the bus stop nearest to your building destination, you will not get lost as you get to alight at the right Bus Stop. But first, find out what bus stop your building is nearest to. So hit the 'back' button now.



    East Route - served by HM Bus/Worthy Bus


    In this map for 'East Route' bus, the last three bus stops have the same ordinal positions from EDSA as with the off-peak hours bus routes. That is Nutriasia, Universtiy Parkway and Market Market are second, third and fourth, respectively, from EDSA Terminal in both off-peak and peak hours.





    Hope this guide helps you in commuting to your building destination or any spot within Bonifacio Global City. Especially that this particular post is created for commuters going to BGC during rush hours.
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