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.

    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.

    14 Jul 2013

    How To Commute To Robinsons Magnolia

  • 14 Jul 2013
  • Lagalag

  • 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

    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.

    2 Jul 2013

    Espana Blvd-Lacson Ave Underpass to Decongest Traffic

  • 2 Jul 2013
  • Lagalag

  • 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."


    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.


    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?