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This Week in Metro Manila (January 02 to 07, 2017)

What’s happening during the special non-working holiday and the entire week

By: Patricia Marie Prado | January 02, 2017
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January 2 is declared a special non-working holiday. For families who want to maximize their vacation time, there are a few family-friendly events in Metro Manila that you could do this week. Though some government offices will be closed on January 2, Metro Manila is ready to face the New Year, with malls and major trains updating their hours of operation.

More news below:

No DFA for January 2

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Heads up to those that have scheduled an appointment with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), their main office, satellite offices, and regional consular offices will be closed on January 2. Passport applicants will be accommodated the following day until January 14 at their original scheduled time.

For those that are claiming their passports on January 2, they will be entertained on following day as well.

Road News

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Those traveling back to Manila on January 2 should take note that the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the number coding scheme will be suspended on this particular day. This is to allow as many vehicles as possible on the road for travelers who will be coming back from the provinces on their way to Manila. This strategy also aims to persuade travelers to maximize the light trafx

first week of January Manila 2017

Meanwhile, for commuters who are planning to travel during the special non-working holiday and will be using the Light Rail Transit (LRT), Metro Rail Transit (MRT), and Philippine National Railways (PNR), below are their updated schedules:

For MRT line 3, they will be back with their original operating hours this week, with the first revenue train leaving at 4:30 AM. The last train from Taft Avenue will be leaving at 10:40 PM while the last train from North Ave will be leaving at 10:00 PM.

For LRT line 1, the first revenue train will leave at 5:00 AM and the last train will leave at 9:30 PM at their Baclaran station and 9:50 PM at their Roosevelt station. On the other hand, LRT 2 will have its first trip at 5:00 AM and last trip at 10:00 PM at their Santolan station and 10:30 PM at their Recto Station.

PNR, on the other hand, will maintain their usual operating hours.

Late night shopping this week

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Malls have also updated their operating hours starting on the special non-working holiday:

• TriNoma: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
• SM Malls in Metro Manila (North, Fairview, Mall of Asia, and Megamall): 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
• Festival Mall, Alabang: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
• Starmall, EDSA: Sunday to Thursday,11:00 AM to 10:00 PM; Friday to Saturday, 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
• Market Market, Taguig: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
• Robinsons Place Manila and Galleria: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Most malls will be back on their regular operating schedule while others will be open until as late as 11:00 PM. The operating hours of other malls can be found in their Facebook pages and/or official websites.

Circus and Disney shows

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A couple of events will be happening this week in Metro Manila that will appeal to kids and those missing the magic of their childhood. Le Grand Cirque, an international grand circus production will be performing until January 3 at the Araneta Coliseum. For a world-class act, an entry price of PhP150 is not too bad and will definitely be worth it.

Meanwhile, everyone’s favorite Disney characters will be dancing on ice at The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice until January 4 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Ticket price will start at PhP190.

Train schedules may change without prior notice.
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About Patricia Marie Prado
Patricia came from the field of business and accounting but is now pursuing her dreams of being a writer. She is a self-confessed introvert and is passionate about reading, travelling, writing, movies, coffee and God. When she's not writing, she loves discovering new coffee shops/cafe and doing TV-series marathons.
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