Art by Gianne Enxcarnacion
Metro Manila has the “worst traffic on Earth.” This info (which came from a study conducted by Waze in 2015) comes as a surprise to literally no one. Whether you’re a northerner going to the south or vice versa, you should allot at least two hours to get to where you want to go.
I bet we’re all used to mentally calculating our ETAs now. If the call time is 9 a.m., you should leave by 7 a.m. or 6:30 a.m. just in case the MRT breaks down or there aren’t any vans in the area. This means that you should wake up at around 4:30 a.m. This can also depend on the distance. The farther you are, the earlier you get up.
What’s worse is that the rush hour doesn’t even seem to exist anymore. Almost all hours of the day are a nightmare when you’re a commuter.
To give us an insight into how bad it can get, we’ve gathered stories from everyday commuters about their most excruciating commute experience. We must warn you, these might trigger your own war flashbacks!