Virtual train ride on LRT-1 shows why there just isn’t a place like Manila – Manila Bulletin
On track to Manila
Among the most widely used in the National Capital Region (NCR) public transportation system is the Light Rail Transit (LRT), particularly Line 1, which runs from Roosevelt to Baclaran.
Manila is a cultural hotspot, with heritage sites, world-class museums, holes in the walls and must-see restaurants and art galleries, which is why some consider Manila to be the jewel of Asia.
Sure, the LRT might not be an Orient Express, but it’s the fastest and most convenient way to get around town. In Metro Manila, where roads are always congested, a trip from point A to point B in 10 to 30 minutes or less is rare. Fortunately, there is the LRT-1.
Thanks to COVID-19, the new normal setup allows Manileños to work and study from home. Almost no one goes out. To cap off the recently concluded National Tourism Week, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) recently released a train ride video that highlights points of interest near Line 1 stations.
LRT-1 ikotMNL virtual tour was hosted by Gilbert Roy Alva, a content producer specializing in animating the hustle and bustle of the metro. He created the visuals through the Cities: Skylines video game. Those familiar with LRT-1 can easily refer to the location catalog while the online travel is a perfect beginner’s guide to visiting Manila for those who are not from the NCR.
The tour begins at Roosevelt, the northernmost end of the First Line. Here SM North Edsa, the first SM supermall and the country’s largest mall in terms of gross floor area, is located. Dubbed a retail and relaxation sanctuary, Ayala Malls TriNoma is also here. Then there is the famous palengke, the Muñoz market. For those who buy wholesale, the S&R branch of Congress is also located here. Finally, near the Quezon Memorial Circle, is Ninoy Aquino Animal Park, a legislated protected area and 22.7 hectare wildlife center.
Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, inside the Clover Leaf Estate in Quezon City, reinvigorates historic Balintawak. Here, one can choose to do more wholesale shopping at the Landers Superstore, or visit another flea market, the Balintawak Market.
Upon entering Caloocan (south), you are greeted by the Yamaha Monumento. Close to the station is the Malabon Zoo, teeming with exotic animals, an aquarium and a botanical garden. The Andres Bonifacio National Monument, also known as the “Cry of Pugad Lawin” monument designed by national artist Guillermo Tolentino, is also nearby, as is the future SM City Grand Central.
Not much to do near Fifth Avenue station, but it should be noted that there is a Jollibee directly below. You can never go wrong with one of the country’s greatest fast food restaurants which has also become a Filipino landmark in over 270 locations outside of the Philippines like Bahrain, Canada, Hong Kong, in Italy, Malaysia, Qatar. , Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.
In the very heart of Manila City are unique food establishments, classics that have stood the test of time for good reason. Near the R. Papa station is the D’Original Palabokan sa Obrero, where you can get an authentic palabok.
You don’t have to go to Cebu for a delicious lechon. Disembark at Abad Santos station to go to Lechon La Loma ni Aling Nelia, Munchies Lechon, Mila’s Lechon, among others. A short walk from here and you will reach Manila Chinese Cemetery, but you can also get off at R. Papa station to find a way to enter the cemetery. A little further along the extension of Rizal Avenue from Abad Santos station is a row of affordable furniture stores.
Another rail terminal is located at Blumentritt station, namely Philippine National Railways or PNR. If you plan to go to the provinces, this is where you change lanes.
Close to Tayuman Station is the Dapitan Market, where you can get the best deals on home decorations and ornaments, Dangwa Flower Market for your floral needs, and the main office of the Ministry of Health ( DOH).
The oldest university in the country, the University of Santo Tomas (UST), is accessible from Bambang Station. This is also where you can buy inexpensive medical supplies.
From Doroteo Jose Station, you are a short walk from Manila’s shopping paradise, the Divisoria Mall. The University Belt or U-Belt is also here with the Line Two interchange, which runs from Recto to Santolan.
Or stay one station longer and get off at Carriedo to visit Chinatown in Binondo, the center of commerce and commerce of Manila, where Filipino-Chinese thrive. Let your Chinese cravings whisk you to specialty shops and restaurants, such as the original Ma Mon Luk, Sincerity Restaurant, David’s Tea House, Wai Ying, and Eng Bee Tin flagship store.
As for historical monuments, the Minor Basilica and National Shrine of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz aka Binondo Church, Plaza Lacson, and the New Chinatown Arch, famous as the largest Chinatown arch in the world, can be accessed via Carriedo . SM Quiapo, the first SM store, is also close to the station.
A highlight of the visit, the heart of Manila, Intramuros, is a stone’s throw from the central terminal. The Walled City is the most historic and visited area of Manila. You have Fort Santiago, San Agustin Church, Manila Minor Basilica and Cathedral, Casa Manila, Baluarte de San Diego, Bahay Tsinoy, Plaza Roma, Aduana Building, and much more. Across from Intramuros, closer to LRT-1, is Manila City Hall with its historic clock tower, Liwasang Bonifacio, and the recently renovated Metropolitan Theater (MET).
Off United Nations Avenue or the United Nations Station, you will find the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) and the Normal University of the Philippines (PNU). From here Rizal Park, the National Museum Complex and the National Planetarium are a short walk away. Take a stroll down Finance Avenue and marvel at the graffiti on the street walls that stretch from Taft Avenue to San Marcelino. Speaking of graffiti, you have to take a look at the 20-meter-high, street art-clad underpass columns of the Nagtahan Bridge, which you can see on another LRT system, the LRT-2, between stations. Pureza and Legarda.
“Through this video, we want to promote the value of the LRT-1 network, how it connects people to life-significant destinations and brings them to those places in comfort.”
Pedro Gil, Malate, meanwhile, is home to the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila, the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), and a few bars. Not far from the bustling and down-to-earth area is Manila Bay, where one can watch the world famous Manila sunset.
Pass by Manila Zoo or Plaza Rajah Sulayman Public Square, or Manila’s bohemian nightlife hub, Remedios Circle, Nakpil Street, Adriatico Street in Malate, from Quirino Station.
Vito Cruz station overlooks De La Salle University (DLSU). It is near the College of Saint Benilde (CSB), Rizal Memorial Stadium, where the big local football tournaments are held, the Zero Point of Theater and the Arts, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas overlooking Manila Bay, the Manila Yacht Club, the Metropolitan Museum and the Coconut Palace.
Gil Puyat station brings you close to the Upside Down Museum, the Buendia food court, the World Trade Center and various bus terminals for trips into the provinces.
The market of many wonders, the Cartimar Shopping Center, is located just below the Libertad Station, which is also close to Dampa sa Pasay, Cuneta Astrodome and Pasay Town Hall.
A short drive from EDSA station is the Mall of Asia, Conrad Manila, Solaire Resort and Solaire Theater and the Philippine Senate. Line 3 of the MRT is also there.
The last stop, the south end of LRT-1, is Baclaran. Baclaran Shopping Center and Baclaran Church are a few blocks away. On the other hand, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is a drive from here. This station will soon connect to the new stations added in the Cavite expansion project.
“Our ikotMNL tourism campaign aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth, showing the importance of building back better, especially after this pandemic. Through this video, we want to promote the value of the LRT-1 network, how it connects people to life-important destinations and brings them to those places in comfort, ”said Jacqueline Gorospe, Head of Corporate Communications and LRMC customer relations. “We have our mobile application, also called ikotMNL, to provide our commuters with better information about LRT-1 train routes, destinations and operations. “
With the strict implementation of health and safety protocols, LRMC ensures that LRT-1 passengers can have peace of mind on the train.
Follow LRMC on Facebook at facebook.com/officialLRT1, Twitter at @ officialLRT1, or download the free ikotMNL mobile app from Google Play and App Store.
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