This week, Holy Week is the main focus in Metro Manila as the Lent season begins. This means an adjustment in mall hours, transportation, and travel protocols are highlighted. For one, significant malls in Metro Manila have announced their respective Lent season mall hours. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will also suspend the number coding during Good Friday regarding transportation and travel protocols.
Despite summer, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) advised that the Holy Week might be rainy if a tropical depression enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility.
MMDA suspends the number coding scheme until Good Friday
The MMDA on Monday announced that they will suspend the number coding scheme during Holy Week until Good Friday. According to the MMDA, the transportation adjustment and protocols aim to help every Filipino travel earlier and easier during the busy Lent season .
MMDA starts Holy Week transportation and travel protocols
In addition to the transportation protocols adjustment, the MMDA also began their “Oplan Metro Alalay Semana Santa 2022” or Oplan MASS last April 8, 2022 .
Oplan MASS aims to adjust other transport and travel protocols to help motorists and travelers this Lent season.
MMDA will deploy more personnel in transportation hubs—mostly terminals, seaports, and airports usually crowded during Holy Week when people are traveling to provinces.
The MMDA transportation and travel protocols will monitor entry and exit points bound to and from Metro Manila. It includes significant expressways, roads, and highways like the North and South Luzon Expressways, McArthur Highway, Coastal Road, A. Bonifacio, and McArthur Highway. This Holy Week, significant churches and sacred spots will also be monitored to check if safety protocols are followed.
Manila Cathedral released Easter Vigil and Sunday mass schedule for Holy Week.
The Manila Cathedral released its mass schedule for Holy Week. The Intramuros-based church, a popular spot for devotees during the Lent season, announced that the Easter Vigil Mass will be on Saturday at 8:00 PM .
Meanwhile, the Easter Sunday Mass will be scheduled at 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, and 6:00 PM during the Lent season.
Standard health and safety protocols will remain for attendees. However, the church will still not allow full capacity. Those who want to attend the mass outdoors can do so. Safety protocols also include proof of vaccination for churchgoers.
Shopping News: Metro Manila malls released mall hours for the Holy Week.
Those staying in the city can expect changes in mall hours during the Lent season. Significant malls in Metro Manila released their respective adjusted mall hours for Holy Week.
SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, and SM Mall of Asia will be open during Black Saturday and Easter Sunday from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM .
As for Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Place Manila, and Magnolia, their regular schedule will resume on April 16 from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. This is also the same for Glorietta and TriNoma. Greenbelt, however, will open from 11:00 AM.
Weather Report: PAGASA warns of a possible rainy Holy Week due to a tropical cyclone
PAGASA warned that the Holy Week or Lent season might be rainy in Metro Manila since a tropical cyclone was spotted near Mindanao. The tropical depression is expected to bring downpour over Holy Week across Visayas and Mindanao, affecting Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
Localized thunderstorms and cloudy skies are expected all over Luzon .
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