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All Saints' Day 2019 will affect traffic, travel, and transportation in Metro Manila.

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | October 26, 2019
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Metro Manila will be observing All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day this week, both special non-working holidays. During this time, citizens flock to cemeteries to visit their deceased loved ones. This will affect the traffic situation in Metro Manila since most urbanites use this time to travel to their provinces to visit relatives and the graves of their departed loved ones.

In terms of traffic, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is expected to lift the number coding scheme in several parts of Metro Manila. Big crowds are also expected in bus terminals and airports before and during the holidays. Reroutings will also be implemented along major cemeteries. In addition to these, operating hours of malls and banks will also be affected. Read on to see all the updates that can affect your list of things to do this All Saints’ Day 2019.

Weather: Mixed and unpredictable weather

The weather will range from semi-sunny to cloudy for the entire week. Light showers might also pass by on several areas of Metro Manila. The day temperature will range from 31 °C to 33 °C. Bring umbrellas as a protection against sun and rain. If you’re going to the cemetery during night time, expect cooler winds as the temperature will be between 25 °C to 26 °C.

Traffic News

MMDA expected to suspend number coding scheme for Undas

In order to give way for motorists this All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day break, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is expected to lift the number coding scheme. Based on data from previous years, the suspension might not cover all of Metro Manila, as areas such as Makati and Las Pinas are often exempted. Roads are expected to be filled with vehicles as people usually use the break to travel [2].

Expect huge crowds in bus stations and airports

Bus stations are also expected to be filled with an influx of passengers on October 30 and 31. If you want to avoid overcrowded terminals and longer lines, leave a day or two earlier, go to the terminals during the wee hours of the morning, or book tickets in advance. Airports are also expected to have a bigger number of passengers so expect longer lines at the check-in counters. Tighter security will be implemented to ensure the safety of passengers [3].

Watch out for traffic rerouting along major cemeteries

MMDA is also expected to release traffic rerouting plans for several roads in Metro Manila for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. The rerouting plans will be mostly due to partial road closures in big cemeteries like the Manila North Cemetery, Manila South Cemetery, Eternal Gardens Memorial, Baesa cemetery, and Holy Cross Memorial Park [4]. The plans will also include specified areas for parking and tow-away zones.

Travel Updates

Mall hours for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day

As of writing, major shopping malls in Metro Manila have yet to announce their list of mall operating hours, but it is expected to be announced sometime this week. Monitor the social media pages of popular mall chains for the extensive list of mall operating hours per branch [5].

Hotel booking status

The status of hotel room availability in Metro Manila is ideal for those planning for a staycation in the city during the holidays [6]. Tip: Look for long weekend deals. Various hotels would also hold Halloween events you might want to attend.

Foldable umbrellas now allowed in hand-carry bags

Due to public demand, air passengers are now allowed to bring foldable umbrellas in their hand-carry and checked-in bags according to the Office for Transportation Security (OTS). Cane umbrellas, however, are still prohibited for carry-on bags because it contains sharp parts [6].

Bank schedules for All Saints Day and All Souls Day

Most banks will be closed on November 1 and 2 since the said dates are special non-working holidays. However, automated teller machines (ATMs) will be fully operational [7].

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About Denisse Shawntel Tan
Denisse Tan is currently a work in progress: she’s an aspiring writer, artist, and fashion designer! She’s trying to figure out how to manage her time in achieving all of her goals while also taking in life as humanly possible. Aside from art, she’s a big fan of the color pink, disco music, Bratz dolls, and Genshin Impact. By age 35, she plans to travel to New York City 🗽.
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