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


More Traffic Woes and Common Station Mess

If you thought last Monday’s traffic armageddon was worse enough traffic to experience on this first week of August, well…think again. Especially if you live in the southern part of Metro Manila and beyond.

The Department of Public Works and Highways has recently announced that the southbound portion of the Magallanes Interchange (the elevated road network at the intersection of EDSA and Osmeña Highway) will be closed to traffic due to the ongoing rehabilitation project of the said interchange.


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Mad Monday in the Metro

August 4 was yet another chaotic Monday as people were off to go to work, school, or whatever business that was needed to be done. Only that this particular Monday here in good old Metro Manila was more chaotic than usual. No thanks to not one, but two incidents of horrendous traffic that are the stuff of nightmares.

It all began early morning before daybreak when a truck along the southbound portion of C-5 near the intersection of Kalayaan Avenue, which originally got stalled on the road, began experiencing problems with the brakes and eventually rammed through 8 vehicles. One reportedly died in this collision and 7 others were injured.

courtesy of Zhander Cayabyab and ABS-CBN News

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