01/4/17

Ride-Sharing In The City

Happy New Year from the Urban Roamer! We can only hope that this 2017 will be a good year ahead for all of us!

Pat yourselves on the back too for having survived a year as “interesting” as 2016. We have gone through a lot and managed to make it even if sometimes, we were on the brink of madness, especially during the recent Christmas season when traffic became too unbearable than the unbearable situation it already is in.

But if there’s something to be somewhat thankful for, it’s the growing patronage of ride-sharing services such as Grab and Uber or, as the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) calls them officially, what are known as transportation network vehicle services (TNVS), that gave more commuting choices to the public. Of course, the operative word here is “somewhat”.

While the Urban Roamer did touch upon the subject of TNVS in the past, this is an opportunity to finally talk about it in-depth as look at how they evolved and the current issues and frustrations about them.

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12/24/16

A Merry Christmas To All

2016 has been a tough year for many of us, to say the least. From the tragic events that transpired to the vitriol on social media, already compounding whatever struggles we may be going through, things surely have not been easy.

Whatever you may be going through, let this Christmas holiday be a time to reflect not on the sorrows but on the joys and blessings, no matter how “little” they may be, that we got receive this past year. And, even just on this one moment, we can rid the negativity and be happy as the occasion calls for it.

More importantly, let this be a time for us to share goodness to others, those who may have had a bad or worse year compared to yours. Let us be a shining example of goodness and hope that things will get better for 2017.

So from the Urban Roamer to all of the readers and supporters of this site, a very merry and blessed Christmas to all of you!

For those living in Metro Manila and surrounding areas, stay safe and be watchful as well for the storm coming this Christmas weekend.

12/17/16

The Question of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex

Ever since the news first broke out in November, the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex has been put under a spotlight as it faces an uncertain future as two opposing forces have clashed as to what its future should be.

But before we go further, it is best to learn more about the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, which, mind you, is not just any sports complex. It also happens to be the Philippines’ premier sports complex. Well, for a time at least. Continue reading

12/7/16

Santuario de San Antonio: The Catholic Hub of Upscale Makati

December is upon us once more. A time yet again for yuletide cheers, festive weddings, and everything else in between. To kick off this most anticipated month of the year, the Urban Roamer features today a Catholic church that is not only a favorite venue for masses (especially as simbang gabi is approaching) and weddings but has grown to become a prominent contemporary landmark in the metropolis in its own right, shaping the landscape, at least in the part of the city where it is located.

Today, let us explore and learn a bit more about that Catholic realm at the heart of upscale Makati, the Santuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park.

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11/28/16

A Monument Mural For Manila’s Hero

Bonifacio Day is around the corner, and the Urban Roamer would not be remiss if we do not pay tribute to the memory of this great and tragic figure in our history.

In the past Bonifacio Day editions of this site, the Urban Roamer has already visited the famed Monumento in Caloocan, the Bahay Nakpil-Bautista where his widow lived, and the Museo ng Katipunan in San Juan. For this year’s Bonifacio Day edition, it is time we look at another famed Bonifacio landmark in the City of Manila.

I am of course talking about the Bonifacio Monument and Mural located at Mehan Garden, right across the Manila City Hall.

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