Guest Post: Surviving Soul-Crushing Holy Week Traffic

by Carlo Miguel Castañeda

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The forecast is always similar every long holiday: be prepared for traffic along the various expressways that lead out of the metro and into the provinces. This is something you tend to expect, and often prepare for, but that still doesn’t change the fact that the tendency is that you are going to get stuck in soul-crushing Holy Week Traffic.

Traffic at the North Luzon Expressway (photo courtesy of the Philippine Daily Inquirer)

So between the buses and all the other cars that you may encounter out there on your way to wherever you plan on spending the long weekend, here are a few ways you can keep your cool while you move at a snail’s pace. Continue reading


After a Long Holiday Break…

The long Holy Week holiday is now over. It is now back to regular programming, so to speak, for many folks here.

This means back to seeing those crowded scenes, the heavy traffic along the roads, especially aggravated by delayed road work projects.

I hope the past Holy Week break made you appreciate how orderly and nice the city can be and we can only hope we do not see it just once a year.

Until then, as they say: just keep calm and carry on.


Roamer’s Roundup: Holy Week 2014 Edition

It is that time of the year once again as the Holy Week is being commemorated by Christians around the world, especially among the Christian faithful in the Philippines, to remember the events in the life of Jesus Christ from his triumphant entry to Jerusalem, celebrating the Last Supper, leading to his passion, death, and resurrection.

While the celebration of Holy Week came from the influence of Spanish Catholicism that was introduced in the country in the 16th century, it has certainly evolved over time as Filipinos, especially the Catholicized ones, not only embraced this celebration but also added their own flavor into it, so to speak. These traditions still remain strong today even in a place as urbanized as Manila, from the pabasas you hear being blared via loudspeakers to the men who cover themselves while beating or whipping themselves. Continue reading