Solving Manila’s Traffic Woes

I moved to Manila in July 2013 and I love it but I also noticed, due to my incredibly keen powers of observation, that we have a slight traffic problem. Many cities in the world share this but Manila is one of the worst I have ever encountered.
I am a little slow on the uptake but I did begin noticing the problem when I took one of my first jeepney rides. I spent approximately 12 minutes going from Jupiter to Buendia Street which happens to be a short block of one traffic light. Walking with crutches should take you about 2 minutes to cross, even giving you time to pickup a drink along the way.
It slowly began to dawn on me that I have a favorable solution to the traffic woes of Manila! We live in a cosmopolitan modern up and coming city. Many of you have never been to London, England and many of you have never visited Pisa, Italy. So why not let these two great cities meet and come together right here in Manila?
I am sure you are asking yourself at this point in the article…………what exactly is this guy’s point and how is he, a foreigner going to ease our traffic congestion when we have been struggling with this problem for so many years.
The Solution
Firstly, picture the famous London double decker bus and picture the famous Italian leaning tower of Pisa and VOILA! I give you the latest in Manila transit, the DOUBLE DECKER LEANING JEEPNEY TOWER.
Knowing you fine people of Manila, you understandably would want to surpass the British as well as the Italians so why not also bring in the TRIPLE and QUADRUPLE LEANING JEEPNEY TOWERS for good measure?
By stacking the rides, we can double, triple and quadruple the seats on each new Jeepney, thereby freeing up valuable road space to accommodate the multitude of taxi’s, scooters, motorcycles, bicycles, tricycles and people.
Philippines Traffic Solution
As you can see from the picture, getting in is simple and effective, just climb the 2-3 rope ladders on the back, find a comfortable seat, sit back and enjoy the fumes! Getting out is even simpler, just slide down the pole in the center of the stack from the 2nd, 3rd or 4th level.
I don’t want to get ahead of myself but should this Jeepney project work well we can start to think about adding 2, 3 and 4 levels to the MRT and LRT system as well. The one significant change I would make on the train system would be to remove the sliding doors as well as the windows so as to fit a few extra bodies during the busy rush hour times.
I really do believe that the good citizens of Manila deserve the very best when it comes to comfortable safe commuting on their city streets, don’t you?

Salsa isn’t ballroom. Nuff said.

Seriously, all over the world dance floors are packed with all sorts of Salsa aficionados. Salsa is a street dance and its music has captivated people worldwide that most would say that they are addicted to it. Salsa has an appeal that is hard to define, that if you ask somebody why they are so into it, they would be hard pressed to say why but that they can’t go without it. It may be the music, the moves, the people, the community, or the sexiness of it.

Whatever its appeal, Salsa Fanatics Entertainment holds several Salsa Nights that gives Salseros and Salseras of all levels a fun and friendly place to gather and dance. People who walk into a Salsa Fanatics Entertainment event are always surprised that by the end of the night they are already comfortable dancing among a new set of friends.

Salsa is easy. If you can walk, you can dance Salsa. Salsa Fanatics Entertainment always holds a class around 10pm teaching the basics with a few moves thrown in for the people to play with.

Best of all the Salsa Nights have no cover charge, no entrance fee, and welcomes everyone. So we invite you to join us and see what makes Salsa so addicting.

For more information, we can be found on the web


The Philippines’ version of Chinatown is located in Binondo, in the downtown part of Manila. Coming from the Intramuros area, you will immediately know that you are in Chinatown once you arrived in the area. Restaurants, banks and other commercial establishments have Chinese characters in their signs. Bright red and yellow lanterns hang on the doors and sides of buildings. Depending on which part of Binondo you are located, you can also smell freshly-cooked dimsum and pancit wafting through the numerous Chinese eateries.

Before Chinatown was formed, Binondo used to be a wetland area filled with tubers. Over the years, the area was transformed from a plain residential area to one of the busiest trade centers in the country. Ongpin Street is famous for its blinding array of gold from shops that sell original jewelry at low prices. The street is also the place to go to for genuine Chinese tea, traditional medicine, acupuncture services and mah-jong parlors.

Devotees should visit the Binondo Church, an ancient stone structure which houses the Cristo de Longos, a black wooden crucifix which have been known to produce miracles. Buddhists can worship at the Seng Guan Temple, also called The Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas.

Shoppers should be able to find pretty much everything that they need here in Binondo. There are certain streets in the area that specialize on a particular type of merchandise. Sabino Padilla former Gandara Street is the place for upholstery materials. Carvajal in Nueva Street sells imported vegetables and fruits. Fruits like cherries and pears can be bought here cheaply.

Of course, Binondo would not be complete without the wide variety of talismans, charms, calendars and Buddha images being sold by stores and street vendors. In order to complete your Binondo experience, you must dine at one of the genuine Chinese eateries which promise absolutely gastronomic delight. Feast on hopia, machang, pancit and dimsum after a long, tiring day of shopping.

Sex Slows Manila Traffic

DPWH Director for Planning Service Melvin Navarro revealed that per the DPWH’ Metro Manila Urban Transport Integration Study (MMUTIS), Metro Manila’s traffic speed is now among the worse in Asia. Traffic in Manila moves at an average of 10 kilometer per hour at peak hours which is slightly faster than Bangkok and but 20 kilometers slower than Singapore with most other major Asian cities with speeds in between. EDSA, Ortigas Avenue, Shaw Boulevard and Roxas Boulevard are the areas most affected.

Navarro says that the sexy billboards add to the traffic slow down. “It will lessen travel speed because people slow down to get a good view of the sexually explicit billboards. There is a co-relation between the travel speed and the sexy billboards,”; Navarro alleged. Navarro said that he too gets distracted by a huge billboard of an alcohol company in EDSA where a girl with an “Egyptian two-piece attire” and “enhanced breast” beckons to motorists to give her a glance. “It’s so huge, you can’t help but look and in the thick of traffic, a split-second distraction can mean slow-down, if not accident,” he said.

Philippines Department of Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebane Jr. has already asked outside advertisers to remove sexy billboards. “They themselves know that some of these billboards are sexually suggestive. They (outdoor advertisers) should voluntarily remove these billboards,” said Ebdane, who admits that he too gets distracted by the sexy billboards. Earlier, Ebdane ordered Undersecretary Rafael Yabut to speed up the dismantling of illegal, unsafe and sexy billboards. Several billboard operators pulled down 20 of 37 billboards displaying indecent and immoral contents, but some of the sexually explicit billboards have remained.

It seems that potholes, non synchronized traffic lights and buses that weave and cut you off have no influence on the speed of traffic in Metropolitan Manila. In the next few weeks after the incriminated billboards are removed shall we see an increase in traffic speeds? Or, will the DPWH issue another statement giving a different reason for the worsening traffic situation.

Hey Joe! The life of an Amerikano in the Philippines

Wazzup Manila! I just got here 6 months ago. I love a lot about my life here and the Filipino people that I have met, but there are things here that drive me crazy. Some I am getting used to. I don't even complain about the traffic any more.

My journey started on the Internet. A friend of mine told me that I should get a girl friend, so I signed up for one of those internet match making sites and oh la la, did I get one! I married her and that is another story in it self.

The thing that never ceases to amaze me is that in a city of 14 million people I still stand out! In America there are many different nationalities including many Filipinos.No one will notice you if you are from another country. But here! Everyday when I walk down the street someone will inevitably yell “Hey Joe”! My wife says ignore them but a lot of times I feel compelled to say something. Usually I say “What's up man?” and immediately wish I hadn't. Today some young boys were yelling “HEY JOE!” and I turned around and said “I'M NOT JOE! Who is this Joe?” This amused them very much.

You know I really don't think I am that much different from anyone else. So when you see me on the street just say “Wazzup' up Man?”! And I will just say “Wazzup' Jose!

Till next time, Joe

Obama Wins (in Tondo)

If the people of Tondo will be made to choose who will be the next president of the United States, the answer will Barrack Obama.

A US news team covering the government's subsidized rice distribution program (NFA rice) in Tondo was surprised when the locals started offering their opinion and preferences regarding the upcoming US presidential elections. Without being asked, a number of people approached the team at different times and gave their piece about US politics. Based on the crude and unofficial tally, Obama seems to be way ahead.

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SM Launches The First Real Digital Cinema in the Philippines

D-Cinema is the Philippines’ first real digital cinema. It shows high-quality 3D or 2D films in a regular cinema and because it is a digital system, every film is guaranteed to look amazing. It utilizes hi-definition video projectors which allows moviegoers to experience unparalleled quality in vision and sound and ultimate perfection in projection. The digital technology also makes it easy to operate: the movies are installed, replaced, and screened with a single press of a button.

SM D-CinemaD-Cinema has changed the cinema experience as it makes movie reels a thing of the past, making ways for more modern methods of distributing movies. The technical set-up was made by the joint efforts of Arrays Tech Inc. and Christie Digital Systems USA.

D-Cinema is located at The Block, SM North EDSA. For inquiries and ticket reservations, please call D-Cinema at 929-5452 or email

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH in full 3D format in SM D-Cinema

Journey to the Center of the EarthInspired by Jules Verne’s renown novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” the movie stars Brendan Fraser (” The Mummy”) as a science professor whose untraditional hypotheses about an undiscovered habitat within the Earth's core have made him the laughing stock of the academic community. But on an expedition in Iceland, he and his nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson of “Bridge to Terabithia”) together with their guide stumble upon a major discovery that launches them on a dangerous journey deep beneath the Earth's surface, where they travel through a strange world inhabited by giant fishes, man-eating plants, and vicious reptiles — a world unlike anything you have ever imagined!

Journey to the Center of the Earth is the first live-action feature film to be shot and released entirely in digital 3D. With spectacular photo-real environments and revolutionary new filmmaking techniques, Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D is an epic adventure, one that takes audiences directly into the heart of our heroes’ adventure, bringing them along for an unprecedented, wild and visceral ride.

Journey to the Center of the Earth is directed by Academy Award-winning visual effects veteran Eric Brevig (“The Day After Tomorrow”, “Men in Black” &”Pearl Harbor”) from a screenplay by Michael Weiss and Jennifer Flackett & Mark Levin. The film is a co-venture between Warner Bros./New Line Cinema and Walden Media.

The movie will be shown entirely in digital 3D only at The Block, SM City North Edsa’s D-Cinema starting July 10.

For more movie features and movie promos, please check this link: MOVIE FEATURES AND MOVIE PROMOS

Manila in the 1930’s (Video)

Last night, we started upgrading our servers and we received reports that the site was unreachable. Server update has been completed and full service has now been restored. Hopefully, we are now more than adequate to handle future surges in visitor traffic. The first and only other time that experienced server interruptions was on June 28, 2008 when thousands of people scrambled to watch the Pacquiao Vs. Diaz video.

For the meantime, here are two materials that we stumbled upon. Below are videos of old Manila taken in the 1930’s.


    1st Video (1930’s Manila)

    2nd Video (Manila, Queen of the Pacific)

Backpacking in the Philippines

Among other things, WazzupManila wants to give its dear readers a change to be better acquainted with Metro Manila and the rest of the country. In this regard, the site welcomes one of the country's better backpackers who will narrate in print, photo and video presentations some of his experiences as he went all over town. Ivan Henares is a young man who is well on his way to exploring the country’s 7,107 islands and more. His candid and well-written travel journals in Ivan About Town, named Best Travel Blog at the 2007 Philippine Blog Awards, give his readers a glimpse of Philippine culture.

Capones Island, ZambalesHave you ever tried backpacking around the country? If not, you’re definitely missing a lot for the Philippines has so much to offer. Ivan has given backpackers and backpacker wannabes a whole new perspective about the Philippines and how beautiful the country is.

Philippine Blog Awards - WazzupManila.comAmong the well read adventures in his blog are about his encounters with sea turtles at the Pawikan Conservation Center, an afternoon in Lake Sebu, the Butanding and firefly encounters in Donsol, Sorsogon, Capones Island and its lighthouse, religious Good Friday rituals in Pampanga, the Hinulugang Taktak, Daranak and Batlag Falls, summer fun in Aurora and the infamous Rice terraces.

Manila Bay Sunset - WazzupManila.comOld Manila

Aglicay Beach-Romblon-Philippines-WazzupManila.comUnbeknownst to a lot of Metro Manila residents, there actually are a lot beautiful places to explore within the Metropolis. Ivan will share his narrative and breathtaking photos of the Manila Bay sunset, the beautiful but rarely noticed angles of Quiapo and other parts of old Manila and many other places. When not taking snapshots or eating exotic delicacies in the Philippines, Ivan may also be found exploring other destinations in distant lands.

Welcome to WazzupManila, Ivan.

How to Make Krispy Kreme Donuts

Despite its high price compared to all competitors, Krispy Kreme Donuts remain a big hit in Metro Manila. While in line and waiting for their turn to be served, customers can't help but closely watch through glass dividers how the donuts are done, hoping to find a secret process or ingredient that is the key to the products wonderful taste.

Don't despair, here is the entire process documented on video, for people to watch and scrutinize over and over again. Please scroll down this page.