Philippine Scene # 4 - The LRT Ride

Riding without traffic via LRT

Too much congestion and traffic-related problems prompted me to always avail of an LRT (Light Rail Transit) ride when I'm going to report at my shipping agency or whenever I'm going to my sister-in-law's place.

Benefits for having a traffic-free ride and affordable fare from Php 10.00 up to Php 20.00 pesos (around $0.50 cents) will also give you a satisfying ride if you're going to appreciate the view up there.

Like what I did one day, when I rode one of the air-conditioned couches of this government-owned public utility, through the Land Rail Transit Authority (LRTA).

Equipped with my digital camera, I promised myself to shoot and record some worth-knowing scenes as the LRT vehicle started its ride from Baclaran, Pasay City.

So, this hubber occupied the tail-end of a newer couch. The starting point, with lesser people riding, just gave me an ample time composing my mind and positioned myself to the less-obvious spot for shooting several scenes that are considered to be tourist-haven areas here in Metro Manila.

To mention a few, I was lucky to get a morning view of Luneta or Rizal Park (former Bagumbayan and named as tribute to the national hero of my country, Philippines).

I also have shoots for some known schools in the area, like the La Salle University or even Philippine General Hospital. The Philippine National Museum was also included in my album.

So, if you want to peruse some of my shots, stay tuned and appreciate my finds during that day where the weather cooperated with my good motives.

Take note, that on every LRT station, you can buy refreshments and continue again until you reach your destination.

A No-Smoking sign will always remind you it is prohibited in the premises of LRT.

Furthermore, you can never linger at every station because the guards will alert you of the warnings, like No Littering or The High-Voltage alert on the LRT lanes.

(With writings, personal opinion or biases from travel_man1971 aka Ireno Alcala, Feb.22, 2012)

Enjoy a ride via LRT or MRT

Map of Manila through LRT and MRT stations (shared by Travel Man)
Map of Manila through LRT and MRT stations (shared by Travel Man) | Source

My LRT Ride: From Baclaran to Balintawak

EDSA-Taft, Pasay (All photos by Travel Man)
EDSA-Taft, Pasay (All photos by Travel Man)
Pasay City Mall & Public Market
Pasay City Mall & Public Market
La Salle University @ Quirino station
La Salle University @ Quirino station
Phil. General Hospital and University of the Philippines-Manila @ Pedro Gil
Phil. General Hospital and University of the Philippines-Manila @ Pedro Gil
Supreme Court of the Philippines
Supreme Court of the Philippines
Rizal Park after UN Avenue
Rizal Park after UN Avenue
Philippine National Museum, adjacent of Rizal Park
Philippine National Museum, adjacent of Rizal Park
University of Manila
University of Manila
National Post Office
National Post Office
Pasig River today @ Carriedo station
Pasig River today @ Carriedo station
Mix of business and residential buildings
Mix of business and residential buildings
To EDSA avenue, Caloocan City via Balintawak LRT station
To EDSA avenue, Caloocan City via Balintawak LRT station
EDSA (Epifanio delos Santos) avenue, former Highway 54
EDSA (Epifanio delos Santos) avenue, former Highway 54
EDSA billboards and tarpaulins near Balintawak LRT station
EDSA billboards and tarpaulins near Balintawak LRT station

Upgrading of LRT

One of the members of public mediation board of LRTA gave me fresh information regarding the extension development of LRT starting from Baclaran up to the Cavite areas.

The expansion project will start this year (2012) and will be completed five years after. This has been overdue since the original plan should take off early last year if not for some major setbacks in the concerned agency, the Department of Public Works and Highways.

By the way, after Monumento, the Balintawak, Roosevelt and North Station End were already completed and are operational for the public.

Inside the LRT couches

Travel Man looking outside the porthole of LRT train
Travel Man looking outside the porthole of LRT train
Inside LRT couches
Inside LRT couches
Tulaan sa Tren (Poetry inside the Train)
Tulaan sa Tren (Poetry inside the Train)

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cepheid 4 years ago from Estonia

I've always used that LRT for years back during my high school days but hey, I've never really appreciated the view over there. Looking at your pictures now kinda made me feel a little nostalgic and realize that the view is indeed beautiful. Yet It's kinda bugging me how come there's so few passengers when you took that picture. It's just when I use that train there's always so many.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@cepheid: Hi, there! Thanks for this early comment on this hub.

For added info, I'll be updating the importance of each picture in due time.

Yes, there were very few passengers inside this new LRT train because I was on my way to Balintawak, after the Monumento station.

I think, most of the passengers just stopped at Monumento. As for me, I'll be going to Caloocan City, so I expected that there'll be fewer trekkers.

The saturation of job in Metro Manila ends mostly at Monumento.

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