25 Jul 2013
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.
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