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Manila Train Guide

Posted on 16 August 2013 by Dreidel Regala

Trains and Manila in one sentence usually meant confusion and hassle. But thanks to a new project of 3 individuals, a cleaner and straightforward representation of the 4 lines around the metro is now available. The site is in its pilot run so if you guys found anything that can help improve it, feel free to let the cool authors know about it.

Manila Train Guide

Manila Train Guide

Manila Train Guide

The Manila Train Guide can be found in it’s sandbox environment http://trainguide.ph with the full site said to be out in the coming months. I did a quick browse and I liked how the 4 lines are easily laid out although I got held up for a few seconds cause I didn’t immediately understand the icons beside the station names. Turns out I had to click the station points (not station names) which opens a popup for nearby establishments, awesome!


Another cool thing about the Manila Train Guide is that it shows which stations are near via the transfer guide. Yup, I said just near cause I don’t think they can be classified as an interchange since you have to go out of the platform gate. Very useful information especially for visitors who’s never been in the country.

So if you’re traveling to Manila, you might wanna checkout the Manila Train Guide along with my points.

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EDSA Bus Scheme

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EDSA: New Bus Scheme

Posted on 20 December 2012 by Dreidel Regala

EDSA is such a dreaded word in Manila. It is the main highway in the metropolis which traverses several cities. Actually it’s so useful to both local commuters and visitors but its usefulness is also plagued by horrible volume of traffic.

The MMDA has recently released a new bus scheme along this popular road. So if you find yourself in the area, be sure to plan ahead and save yourself the hassle cause not all bus types stops in every corner.

I personally think this is for the best. Though it may be frustrating to find my destination not in the bus’ route, I know I must learn to get by as I usually do in foreign places.

EDSA Bus Scheme

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Take a ride

Posted on 23 July 2012 by Dreidel Regala

Jeepneys are dubbed as the king of the Philippine road due to their overwhelming presence in the streets. They are famous for having wild (or creative??) drivers but with proper care these jeeps will be your partner in your everyday journey in the country.

Philippine Jeepney

Philippine Jeepney

It doesn’t have air-conditioning or a super comfy seat but these babies offer you CHEAP! And maybe super loud videoke sounds while you take your ride. If you got the heart and you can take the heat of the sun, then take a ride and feel the local commuters life – you will certainly be entertained by the many things that happen inside but just be cautious and leave your fancy stuff at home.

Did you know that you can tour Manila and neighboring towns onboard a jeep? More so you can do it while enjoying Filipinos favorite past time – VIDEOKE! That’s right just join JeepneyTours.

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Philippines: Entry Points

Posted on 11 October 2011 by Dreidel Regala

For a country with many islands that offers a lot of varying attractions, figuring your best entry point is a BIG puzzle. Most travelers come in via the capital city Manila which has most airplane access to popular provinces. On the other hand, some like to avoid it because of the crowd, pollution etc – this is of course the best strategy especially if it brings you nearer to your stop. With that in mind I tried researching on where are the other possible entry points to the archipelago. Do note that some of these will have lesser to possibly no direct access to some of your choice destinations but don’t worry you can still get to them using a ferry, train, bus, jeep or van although availability of such still depends (yup it may not be one easy ride but could be adventurously fun!).

  1. Province: Clark, Pampanga (Luzon)
    Airport: Clark International Airport
    *Local flights to: Cebu, Caticlan
    *Point of Origin: Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Seoul-Incheon, Singapore
  2. Province: Davao City (Mindanao)
    Airport: Francisco Bangoy International Airport
    *Local flights to: Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Iloilo, Manila, Zamboanga
    *Point of Origin: Singapore
  3. Province: Kalibo, Aklan (Visayas)
    Airport: Kalibo International Airport 
    *Local flights to
    : Manila
    *Point of Origin: Beijing-Capital, Busan, Hangzhou, Shanghai-Pudong, Seoul-Incheon, Taipei-Taoyuan
  4. Province: Cebu City (Visayas)
    Airport: Mactan-Cebu International Airport
    *Local flights to:
    Bacolod, Bantayan, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin, Caticlan, Clark, Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo, Legazpi, Manila, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Puerto Princesa, Siargao, Surigao, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Zamboanga
    *Point of Origin: Busan, Doha, Guangzhou-Baiyun, Hong Kong, Shanghai-Pudong, Seoul-Incheon, Singapore, Tokyo-Narita
  5. Province: Bataan (Luzon)
    Airport: Subic Bay International Airport
    *Local flights to: Cebu, Kalibo, Puerto Princesa
    *Point of Origin: Seoul-Incheon
  6. Province: Manila (Luzon) 
    AirportNinoy Aquino International Airport
    *Local flights to: Bacolod, Baguio, Basco, Busuanga, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Calbayog, Catarman, Caticlan, Cauayan, Cebu, Cotabato, Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, El Nido, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Laoag, Legazpi, Marinduque, Masbate, Naga, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Puerto Princesa, Roxas City, San Fernando, San Jose (Mindoro), Surigao, Tablas, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Taytay, Tuguegarao, Vigan, Virac, Zamboanga
    *Point of Origin: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Bahrain, Bandar Seri Begawan, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Beijing-Capital, Brisbane, Busan, Dammam, Darwin, Delhi, Detroit, Doha, Dubai, Fukuoka, Guam, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta, Jeddah, Kaohsiung, Koror, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Macau, Melbourne, Nagoya-Centrair, Osaka-Kansai, Port Moresby, Riyadh, San Francisco, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tokyo-Narita, Vancouver, Xiamen

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_airports_in_the_Philippines

*Airlines may change/update their route map

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Transporting in Manila streets

Posted on 17 August 2011 by Dreidel Regala

Many say that Manila’s transport situation is one of the most complicated in the world. So how do newbies brave the mean streets of Manila? Here are some things to remember:

  • Metro Manila consists of 16 cities which includes: Manila City, Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Pasay, Pasig, Parañaque, Quezon, San Juan, Taguig, Valenzuela and Pateros.
  • Manila City is the home of Intramuros, Rizal Park, Quiapo and Binondo. This is a busy city with students flocking the university belt and locals going to markets. Major streets to avoid during rush hour are España, Recto and Quiapo.
  • Makati is the business district. Many office workers flock to this city so avoid streets like Ayala, Sen Gil Puyat (Buendia) during the rush. Many however go here at night to hangout at malls or dine at restaurants.
  • Quezon City is probably the biggest city in Metro Manila. It houses the state university (University of The Philippines), government offices and Araneta Coliseum.
  • The international/domestic airports and Mall of Asia are located in Pasay.
  • Common public transportation includes jeepney, bus, LRT/MRT, taxicab, FX (share) taxi, tricycle and pedicab.
  • LRT yellow line goes through Pasay, Manila and Caloocan cities.
  • The MRT blue line goes through the main highway in Metro Manila (EDSA) and traverses Quezon, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati and Pasay.
  • LRT purple line passes Manila, San Juan, Quezon and Marikina.
  • There are atleast 2 trains passing Pasay, Makati, Manila and Quezon.
Manila Transit Map
  • Train fares start from P11 then increase by the distance.
  • Trains don’t operate 24hrs so it’s best to check the varying timing.
  • Inner streets are best taken by jeeps or tricycles (buses don’t take inner streets).
  • If you are unsure if the vehicle will pass your destination, it’s best to tell the driver the city of your destination then narrow it down to the street name. You may also describe a landmark you are familiar with.
  • Jeep fares start from P8 then increase by the distance. Say “bayad” then pass your fare until it reaches the driver (tip: wait for the best time the driver can take your fare to make it easy for him) then say “para po” when you’re about to go down. Jeep stops are not strictly enforced but it is best not to put yourself and the driver at a risk by hailing to stop in the middle of the road.
  • The jeep’s destination can be identified by the homemade board posted on the vehicle’s windshield.
  • To signal the jeep to stop, wave your hand as it approaches and let the driver see you.
  • During rush hour some riders tend to stand by the jeeps exit as it goes, this is called “sabit” and is a common practice.
  • The main highway (EDSA) which crosses major cities in Metro Manila is mostly used by buses and private vehicles.
  • For a Makati transport route system check this link. But for the rest there is no standard or regulated route system so it’s best to ask a local on how to take one.
  • Metro Manila traffic is usually horrible. Intercity travels often takes about an hour but taking the train really helps minimize the hassle.
  • Taking the cab is sometimes convenient and fast but could also be expensive. Flag down rate is from P40 then increase by the distance.
  • An alternative to jeep is the FX taxi. These usually take the same route as jeeps but with the comfort of airconditioning. Fares starts from P12 and increase by the distance.
  • Always be cautious in public transports. There are tons of thieves lurking as you travel. If you can, do dress casually.
  • There are two types of buses gracing the streets. One is airconditioned while the other is not. The latter being the cheaper but most likely takes the same route. Fares start from P12 and increase by the distance.
  • If you need to travel from the north to south of the the metro and you can’t take the train, your best bet is the bus. This is however slower especially during the peak hours.

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