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This Week in Metro Manila (November 30 to December 6, 2019)

The start of SEA Games 2019 happens this week!

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | November 30, 2019
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Metro Manila, travel, things to do, weather, sea games 2019

The 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) will start on November 30 and will be held in different venues around the country. Several areas in Metro Manila will be part of the 12-day festivities as some of the games will be held in venues such as the Mall of Asia Arena, SM Megamall, PhilSports Ultra, and Cuneta Astrodome. Traffic adjustments will be made during the entire SEA Games 2019 in order to ease the traffic.

Other travel news that will affect the area are the opening of the Alabang Skyway, the operation of the Cavite to Manila ferry boats, and the launch of the LRT-1 app. November 30 is also Bonifacio Day, a national public holiday. Read on for the complete traffic and travel updates.

Weather: Sunny and cloudy in the metro

According to forecasts, the earlier days of the week will be sunny and the latter will have chances of rain. The temperature will be around 29 to 30 °C throughout the week [1]. Cold winds during the night time are expected and could last during early mornings. Make sure to bring umbrellas as a protection against the sun and rain.

Traffic News

Traffic adjustments to be made for the SEA Games

Besides the holiday rush, another factor that can affect the Metro Manila traffic this week is the SEA Games. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will implement stop-and-go schemes along EDSA and major thoroughfares in Metro Manila. The scheme will help convoys of athletes, sports officials, delegates, spectators, and guests to pass through the venues in the area. Traffic delays in areas near official sports and non-sports venues in Metro Manila are also expected [2].

Chokepoints include the following areas [3]:

North Bound
• Megamall
• Shaw Boulevard
• Buendia Ave
• Ayala Ave
• Santolan
• SM North
• Munos
• Balintawak
• Taft Avenue
• Roxas Boulevard

• Santolan
• Cubao
• SM North
• Munos
• Balintawak
• Ortigas
• Shaw Boulevard
• Boni Serrano
• Buendia cor Macapagal
• Ayala Magallanes
• Roxas Boulevard

Quezon City
• Mindanao Avenue to North Avenue to NLEX

Pasig City
• Shaw Boulevard cor Pioneer

Taguig City
• Lawnton Ave cor Bayani Road

San Juan
• N. Domingo Street to FilOil

• Quirino Ave cor Adriatico Street
• Adriatico Street Rizal Ave Coliseum area
• Roxas Boulevard P. Burgos street, Pablo Ocampo street, Buendia Ave

Alabang Skyway ramp to open on December 1

The Alabang Skyway is set to open on December 1. The additional two-lane ramp that connects Aalabang and the Skyway now has a total of five lanes. This is expected to ease the traffic for northbound vehicles of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) [4].

Cavite-Manila ferry boat to start operations on first week of December

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has initiated ferry boat routes between Cavite and Metro Manila. The ferry boat system aims to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila [5]. The routes are as follows:

• Phase 1 (Metro Star Ferry Terminal)
Cavite City Hall to Sangley port to SM MOA ferry terminal
Cavite City Hall to Sangley port to CCP Port

• Phase 2 (Metro Star Ferry Terminal)
Cavite City Hall to Sangley port to Escolta
Cavite City Hall to Sangley port to Lawton Ferry Terminal

Travel Update: LRT-1 launches app to make commuting easier

The Light Rail Manila Corporation has launched a mobile app called ikotMNL that would make commuting easier. The app features real-time train arrivals and departures, crowd monitoring, news and announcements, passenger advisories, fare and crowd information, and chat box. Directions to tourist spots near the trains are also provided in the app. The ikotMNL app is available for download on Google Playstore and Apple Store [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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