Updated List of Absolutely Free Internet (WiFi) Hotspots in Metro Manila

Note: The latest updates to this article can be found at the WazzupManila Forum where members post the free locations that they encounter. For more freebies and other discussions, please visit the main page of the consumer forum.

Searching the net for a list of free WiFi hotspots in Metro Manila can be a bit frustrating. A number of establishments that were previously listed to offer free WiFi services now cease to do so and there are those that now charge an arm and 2 legs for WiFi access.

This is WazzupManila’s List of Free WiFi hotspots in Metro Manila, as compiled by our Manila forum members. We update the list regularly and should you have any correction or addition to the list, please feel free to post a comment in this page or in our forum.


1. Manila Penn Lobby
2. Powerplant Mall
3. Shell Magallanes
4. Bel-Air Village, Brgy. Park (WiGo)
5. LKG Tower Food Odyssey (WiGo)
6. PBCOM Tower – Food Patio, Ayala Ave. (WiGo)
7. Power Plant Mall (WiGo)

    – Block 9
    – P1 – Concourse Level
    – R1 – Level 1
    – R2 – Level 2
    – R3 – Level 3

8. Shakey’s Rada – Jaycem Bldg (WiGo)
9. Enterprise Center – Food Park (WiGo)
10. Burger King – All Branches – by: Analog_Soul, 24 July 2008
11. Shell Station, Magallanes – by: Analog_Soul, 24 July 2008
12. Greenbelt:

    – Spicy Fingers, G/F Greenbelt 2

13. Krispy Kreme: Ayala
14. Pizza Hut Ayala.
15. Entire Rada St., Legaspi Village (WiGo)- by: Analog_Soul, 20 October 2008
16. San Francisco Coffee, Rufino Tower- by: Analog_Soul, 05 November 2008

1. Pier One
2. Gloria Jeans – by: Gwaps, 30 July 2008
3. Krispy Kreme: Bonifacio High Street

1. Robinsons Pioneer, EDSA
2. SM Megamall, Cyberzone Area
– Krispy Kreme

1. Robinson’s Galleria, multiple locations

    – Krispy Kreme

2. Pier One, Tomas Morato
3. Placemat Pinoy Cafe, Tomas Morato cor. Sct. Castor
4. Pizza Hut, E Rodriguez (in front of ST. Lukes Hospital)
5. Gateway Mall – by: Analog_Soul, 24 July 2008
6. Starbucks, White Plains – by: CarloGwapo, 24 July 2008

1. Tiendesitas – by:cat, 24 July 2008

1. Total Gas Station, Cafe & Convenience Store by: Sylar, 28 July 2008

1. Pura Vida Hotel – by: :cat, 24 July 2008

The MMDA’s Pink Fences, Concrete Barriers and Separators


“The road to perdition is paved with the noblest intentions.”

Other than the low numbered plates menace, undisciplined drivers, ignorant and corrupt traffic enforcers, those who use Metro Manila's roads now have to deal with additional dangers like concrete road barriers, pink steel fences and concrete road separators.

At this point, nobody doubts that that the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) had the best intentions when they installed the fences, barriers and separators. Traffic has long been a problem along the main thoroughfares that solutions have to be and tried. However, the dangers posed by the new systems installed by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) had become so glaring that it needs to be seriously looked into.

In its defense, the MMDA claims there were only 84 out of 63,072 accidents or 0.13% since 2007 that are directly attributed to the road barriers. In addition, it claims that they have installed early warning devices to inform motorists of the “foreign objects” in the middle of the roads. Looking at the data in another manner, it means that there were 84 additional road accidents posed by new dangers called the road barriers, pink fences and separators. It also means that the road dangers in Manila has increased by 0.13%.

Why are these new installations in EDSA and other main thoroughfares a menace?

Epifanio De los Santos Avenue (EDSA) for instance, was built several decades ago. Until recently, the people using it only had other vehicles to contend with in order to get to their destinations safely. But now, they also have to deal with these barriers, fences and separators.

The separators are concrete rectangles (about 5 inches in height) placed parallel to the road that are intended to keep buses in the right portion of the highways. Since these separators are of the same color as the road, it is not very visible to people in moving vehicles that are already on the lookout for other dangers. It needs to come with sufficient early warning devices and adequate lighting at night.
Vehicles that run into these separators are in real danger of overturning the way cars in the movies do. Especially at night, when traffic is light and vehicles are considerably driven faster, these fences and barriers are only visible when already right in the face of the motorists. Suddenly swerving to the sides pose dangers to the occupants of the vehicle as well as other cars, while going directly at it is as close to fatal as an accident can get.

In regard to the claim that there are already sufficient early warning devices, many motorists beg to disagree. The supposed warnings are grossly insufficient, if not nonexistent. All that people know is that they drive in the highways and suddenly come face to face with the solid obstacles.

We beg the MMDA to add a lot of more warning devices. They should implement widespread campaigns that will inform people where there obstructions are and how to deal with it. The best intentions are not enough. As we all know, the road to perdition…

Caloocan City

Caloocan City (also spelled Kalookan) is part of the National Capital Region (Metro Manila) Philippines. Caloocan is divided into two non bordering areas North Caloocan 39.709 sq. km and South Caloocan 13.625 sq. km total land area 53.334 sq km.

Located in northwestern Metro Manila. North Caloocan is east of Valenzuela City, north of Quezon City, and south of the province of Bulacan. South Caloocan is immediately north of the City of Manila and is bordered by Malabon City and Valenzuela City to the north and west, Navotas to the west, and Quezon City to the east

The word caloocan is derived from the Tagalog root word lo-ok; kalook-lookan (or kaloob-looban) means “innermost area”.

Caloocan was declared a city in February 16, 1962 through House Bill 6038. Barangays188. Incorporated (town) 1815.

The estimated 2008 population is 1,499,069.

Caloocan Universities:

– University of Caloocan City (formerly Caloocan City Polytechnic College).
University of the East – Caloocan
– World Citi Colleges (formerly known as Holy Trinity School)
Manila Central University

Caloocan city hall is found on A. Mabini Avenue.

Current City Officials:

MAYOR: Enrico “Recom” Echiverri
VICE MAYOR: Luis “Tito” Varela


* Hon. Nora Z. Nubla
* Hon. Melinda M. Mabagos
* Hon. Gualberto B. Bacolod
* Hon. Dante P. Prado
* Hon. Susana D.G. Punzalan
* Hon. Ramon Te
* Hon. Ernesto Cuananan


* Hon. Macario E. Asistio III
* Hon. Marjorie Barreto
* Hon. Alexander N. Aruelo
* Hon. Ma. Milagros S. Mercado
* Hon. Luis Chito Abel
* Hon. Ricojudge Janvier M. Echiverri
* Hon. Divine M. Gatpandan

DISTRICT 1 CONGRESSMAN: Cong. Oscar “Oca” Mlapitan
DISTRICT 2 CONGRESSMAN: Cong. Mary Mitzi Cajayon

Caloocan City Official Website

Another “Biggest” to hit Marikina City

Marikina, home of the biggest pair of shoes in the world, would soon boast of another biggest to hit the city when SM Cinema Marikina opens on September 5, 2008.

SM Cinema Marikina has eight (8) luxurious comfy theaters, four of which are stadium-seating for moviegoers to enjoy full view and convenience of watching wherever you are seated.

It has high-tech state of the art lobby and interior designs. What's more? It has a spacious, comfortable and classy lounge area with Wi-Fi capability, how's that for mixing business with pleasure? And for those movie fanatics who wouldn't want to miss a thing, Bluetooth advertising is made available for you.

All these and more at SM Cinema Marikina, where biggest things are seen and biggest fun happens!

SM Cinema Marikina is located at SM City Marikina Marcos Highway, Brgy. Kalumpang Marikina City. For updates visit www.smcinema.com.

See you at the movies!

Experience One Man's Expedition of a Lifetime in the Mountain Adventure “The Alps” Opening in IMAX® on August 1

MacGillivray Freeman Films' extraordinary giant screen mountain adventure The Alps about Europe's greatest mountain range and one man's quest to climb the infamous ———-North Face of the Eiger opens on August 1 at SM Mall of Asia’s San Miguel Coca-Cola IMAX Theatre.

The Alps is directed by Stephen Judson, produced by two-time Academy Award® nominee Greg MacGillivray and Mark Krenzien, and narrated by actor Michael Gambon. Written by Stephen Venables and Stephen Judson, the film features music from rock legends Queen. The film is presented by sponsors Holcim and Switzerland Tourism.

The Alps-Movie“Against a backdrop of overwhelming natural beauty, The Alps is a true-life story of extraordinary courage,” says director Stephen Judson. “It's the intensely personal journey of a man, John Harlin, who has every reason not to climb the deadly Eiger North Face – yet climb it he must.”

“The grandeur of the Alps makes for an incredible match-up with the visual spectacle of IMAX theatre photography,” adds producer Greg MacGillivray. “It is such an enticing location, filled with history and human accomplishments. More than that, though, our film is a human story about facing one's fears and about family and family legacies. People will come away inspired by John Harlin's emotional quest to reconnect with his father who died on the fabled Eiger.”

TheAlps-MovieIn the tradition of MacGillivray Freeman's blockbuster hit, Everest, The Alps follows a stirring human story that unfolds in the midst of some of nature's most awe-inspiring scenery. At the heart of the film is John Harlin III's climb of the storied North Face of the Eiger, one of the world's most celebrated peaks but also one notorious among climbers for its deadly avalanches and showers of falling rock. Harlin and the Eiger have had a tenuous relationship for decades. Forty years ago, Harlin's father – famed alpinist John Harlin II, a rising media star considered one of America's best mountaineers – set out to pioneer a bold new route straight up the Eiger's 6,000-foot face. At 4,000 feet, approaching the summit, Harlin's rope broke, sending him plummeting to a tragic death that would shatter the lives of his family. Just nine years old at the time, John Harlin III has been haunted by the Eiger ever since.

In The Alps, Harlin faces his inner demons and honors his father's memory on a climb that is about so much more than simply physical achievement. For Harlin, the expedition is also about following in his father's footsteps to explore why his father came to love the Alps and its culture, people and endless ways of inspiring the human imagination. Accompanying him are his German climbing partners: contemporary climbing stars Robert and Daniela Jasper.

TheAlps-Movie“The Eiger held a part of my soul captive for forty years, and with this trip I was able to set myself free,” says John Harlin III of his achievement. “I always felt I had to do this climb, and yet the thing that I really came back with is that it's my family that is the most important thing to me. Having climbed the Eiger North Face, I can now revel in spending time with my family more than ever.”

The making of The Alps was a vastly ambitious undertaking that involved a team made up of climbing luminaries, hardy mountain guides and award-winning nature cinematographers. Featuring some of the most spectacular giant screen imagery ever seen – captured by intrepid helicopter and mountaineering crews – the film celebrates both the unsurpassed beauty of the Alps and the indomitable spirit of the people who live, climb and explore there. Adding to the immediacy and visual excitement of the film is the aerial camera work of Ron Goodman, inventor and operator of the aerial photography system known as the Spacecam, which proved invaluable in obtaining unprecedented shots of climbers in action on the Eiger North Face.

Though the production was filled with uncertainties, ranging from how the weather might shift to whether Harlin and the Jaspers would ultimately make it to the summit, the story could not have been captured any other way. Sums up Judson: “The risk factor was high, but the results speak for themselves. It will be amazing for audiences to have the chance to get so close to climbers on the Eiger North Face. Like the best experiences, it was intense but so rewarding.”

The Alps is produced and distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films and presented by Holcim and Switzerland Tourism in association with Four Eyes 4iS. For more information, please call 556-IMAX(4629) or 556-0242 or e-mail imax@smcinema.com.

In Metro Manila, Tap Water is Safe for Drinking

Unlike a good number of cities in world, where bottled water is close to being officially considered a basic necessity, tap water in Metro Manila is very potable. Of course, this was not the case, a decade ago, when the state run Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) controlled the pipelines that distributed water to ordinary households. Back then, illegal water connections were very rampant, thus creating avenues for contamination of the main lines. The pipelines were also very old and it is not difficult to imagine it not being clean.

After the distribution was delegated to private entities Maynilad and Manila Water, major renovations immediately started and now, it can be said that water in Metro Manila is safe for drinking. In fact, the Department of Health (DOH) once issued an announcement to that effect and even asked residents of Metro Manila to do away with bottled water in order to save money. This is further underscored by news stories that mentioning the offices of Manila Water not having any mineral water dispenser. Manila Water employees, including the president, drinks from the tap.

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB), the agency tasked to coordinate the government's policy and enforcement direction, shares the same sentiment. NWRB Executive Director Ramon Alikapala was quoted as saying that water from Metro Manila's main sources (Angat River, La Mesa dam and Ipo River)is tested regularly and found safe for drinking.

With water from the main lines being certified safe for drinking, all that’s left for Manila residents to do is make sure that their household piping systems are clean. They should also make sure that their neighborhoods are clear of any unscrupulous individuals by reporting any suspicious activity in their areas.

Wazzup Manila? Environmentally Sound Mass Transport!!!


Where there is diversity, there is opportunity.

The old saying seems to have never been true at any time compared to the present.

The seemingly unending oil price increases is actually nothing new. The world has been confronted by this several times in the past but it seems that the entire planet is now starting to do something about it. In Japan, Honda is set to unveil a Hydrogen fueled vehicle. In India, Tata's economy car (Nano) successfully hit the world's 2nd most populous country, among other things. In the US, hybrid vehicles are very hot. In the Philippines, there are a number of things that will hopefully come to fruition very soon.
We have previously reported that the City of Makati has started an experiment with an electric powered mass transport vehicle called the E-jeepney.

Route of the e-Jeepney:

On July 3, 2007, four e-jeepneys started operating within the posh residential village Bel-Air. Come June 1, 2008, two more units will be experimenting on a wider area and should that become successful, Fifty (50) more units will be deployed. The additional E-Jeepneys will be plying the busy commercial areas of Salcedo and Legazpi Villages

In Salcedo Village — from Dela Costa St. turn right to Makati Ave., right to Paseo De Roxas, right to Villar St., left to Leviste St, left to Rufino St., right to Ayala Ave. and right to Dela Costa St.

In Legazpi Village — from Salcedo St. turn right to VA Rufino St., left to Adelantado St., left to Gamboa St., left to Salcedo St., left to Benavidez St., left to Paseo De Roxas Ave., right to Legazpi St., left to Dela Rosa St., and left to Salcedo St.

In other areas, we have also posted about the massive conversion of taxicabs from gasoline to LPG fuel consuming vehicles. Some Metro Manila is also set to start using LPG powered buses and solar powered jeeps within the next few days. In the island province of Palawan, electric powered tricycles are making waves.

It has been established that LPG and electric powered vehicles consume far less fuel than the oil fueled automobiles. These developments do not only serve as a remedial measure against the unending oil price increases but also, it helps a lot in reducing vehicle emissions which is contributing so much to the air pollution in the country. The electric powered vehicles also provide an additional benefit in the form of zero noise. In Metro Manila, that will be well appreciated.

Updated: No Classes for Elementary, High School & College

Due to the unpredictable movement of typhoon “Frank”, the Department of Education (DepEd) has called off toady’s classes in Metro Manila. All Grade School (elementary) and High School classes in Metro Manila will be suspended.

In regard to classes in the College level, the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) also declared the suspension of classes in the same areas covered by the DedEd declaration.

Metro Manila Residents Plant Their Own Food

When news about the rice shortage hit the stands, the people living in Metro Manila were the ones affected the most since food hardly comes from that region. The capital region of the Philippines is known for being an urban jungle and rice is hardly planted in it despite its 13 million rice eaters.

At this time when food is becoming scarcer by the day, people should take it upon themselves to learn how to produce their own and not rely upon the other people to supply them with everything that they need. It is very easy to blame drought and typhoons and farmers who convert their farmlands for the shortage in the world's food supply. However, the fact remains that when food becomes scarcer than it is now, it will be those farthest from the farmlands who will suffer the most. In the Philippines, the residents of the national capital region (Manila) are the ones who will be hardest hit by scarcity and high food prices.

Urban agriculture is actually not as difficult as most people think. Even in Manila, where many people live and everything seem to be in concrete, food farming is very easy. Aside from self-sufficiency, another advantage that urban farming gives is the assurance that food on the table is purely organic and not filled with harmful fertilizers and sprinkled with deadly pesticides.

The attached video is from the Reuters News Agency, showing actual experiences of people in Metro Manila who actually produce the very food that they eat. In the video, creative ways of producing food even in the most crowded urban spaces are shown.

UPDATED: Philippine News Roundup −19 May 2008

Update:Fare Hike Deferred. Well, at least they are able to stop unlicensed buses from plying Metro Manila.

Update: Philippine government to bid out 141 thousand tons of rice.

Here is today’s summary of the major news reports in the Philippines.

Buses and jeepneys in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog will be increasing their minimum rates starting May, 21, 2008 at exactly 12:01. The new rates approved by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) are P7.50 to P8 for the first four kilometers for jeepneys. P8 to P9 for ordinary buses and P10 to P11.50 air-conditioned buses. In regard to provincial routes, ordinary buses may increase their fare from P8.50 to P9 for the first five kilometers and charge P1.40 for every succeeding kilometer. The above rates are yet to be finalized as transport groups are petitioning for higher rates. Taxi drivers in Metro Manila also have a petition for a P10 increase in the flag down rates.

As a further measure to temper the rising prices of basic commodities, the government is looking at fuel subsidies for transport groups. The House of Representatives is also considering the suspension of E-VAT collections on electricity to households consuming less than P5,000/month.

On to the President’s official family, here are the new cabinet appointees. Presidential adviser to the peace process Jesus Dureza has been named to replace Ignacio Bunye for the position of Press Secretary. His current post will be assumed by the newly retired Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Hermogenes Esperon Jr. Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye was earlier appointed to the Philippine Monetary Board.

For the weather, PagAsa estimates generally improved conditions as tropical storm COSME has left the Philippine area of responsibility. Rains, gusty winds and thunderstorms are still expected all over the country for the entire week as the rainy season has officially started.