Monday, June 25, 2007

Pasig Ferry

The pasig ferry transport system is now open. I really didn't know until i saw one advertisement in glorietta. So.. having nothing to do last week-end, we thought of giving it a try ala tourista.

Going to Guadalupe

Inside a jeep. This jeep can stop wherever it wants. Always try to pick up anyone standing by the roadside. Drops passengers wherever they wish to take off. All for Php 7.00.

National symbol? Maybe yes, there is still something in it, but I wish it will evolve and improve into something much better. The air-con jeepneys plying Makati Loop are nice and organized.

Guadalupe Station

The station is near Guadalupe Bridge and MRT station. It is convenient for those coming from Taguig and Fort Boni area since jeepneys can drop them in front of the station. But for passengers coming from Rockwell area and MRT station they need to walk about hundred meter across the busy typical JPRizal which is not comfortable. Ofcourse "accessible terminals" is all-important if they want his system to work. It's a work-in-progress so let's wait and see. The station is also secured, air-conditioned and every equipment looks fine (new!). But it looks too small to accommodate 50-100 waiting passengers.

The Route

The big plan is to connect Marikina to Manila.
Tickets cost Php25 from Guadalupe to Escolta in Manila which is cheaper compared to around Php45 FX fare from Guadalupe to Taft- Quiapo. The ferry operates from 5AM to 10PM.

Hulo and Lambingan are on the side of Mandaluyong - never heard of these places but I hope they are strategic enough to draw passengers.

Pasig River viewed near MRT station. That's Globe and Rustan's at the background.

Inside the twin-hull catamaran boat. It has nice plastic seats and large TV in the middle playing Bryan Adams DVD concert. This shot was taken at Guadalupe and the boat got almost full when we reached Escolta.

PUP Station.

The big problem of Pasig are the squatters along the river banks. There are only few factories, at least in Makati, Mandaluyong and Manila areas, and so I think domestic waste is primarily to blame.

Guadalupe to Escolta (near Carriedo) took us 50 minutes with stops in Hulo, Lambingan, Sta. Ana, and PUP. Not sure if it saves time compared to commuting by jeep or FX. From Escolta, we walked to Carriedo. It's the same Carriedo 3 years ago - but getting shabby and seedy again. Maintenance is a big problem in all those "buhayin ang maynila" projects. Anyway that's another stroy.

Side Trip - Carriedo

I didnt know Carriedo is a walking distance from Escolta. Its just a few blocks actually on the right side of ferry station. Well, carriedo is, maybe since year 2001, known for its flourishing piracy. We bought pirated DVD of Next for Php35 only.

That's Palito beside Mr. Bean. We didn't notice him until one of the vendors asked for autograph.


deuts said...

Bumili na kc ng 30D para mas maganda ang mga pictures natin! hehehehe

edwin said...

malapit na! hehe.. 59K sa Avant, body lang w/ 50mm(?) lens. pwede na dba?

Bill Bilig said...

masubukan nga itong ferry minsan. it looks much bigger than the silly ferries they tried in the 90s. at least ito mukhang maraming puwedeng sumakay.

pero hindi ba mabaho ang pasig?

TruBlue said...

That Pasig River must be the most polluted river in Pinas! It's full of stench then, how much more now.
But inside of the Ferry seems clean. Cheers..

edwin said...

mabaho pa rin pasig pero hindi sa loob ng ferry kasi airconditioned naman. aircon din mga terminals so hindi masyado problema yung amoy. not sure... maybe expected ko na kasi yung amoy kaya hindi ko na masyado pinansin. go try it, magandang mag muni muni sa loob ng ferry hehe..

riza said...

nice naman sumakay sa feery boat eh...wag lang mapatapat dun sa ferry n may epal...sarap ihulog sa ilog Pasig.....try nyo na lang sumakay sa ferry malalaman nyo din who's the one I am talking about....every day ba naman akong sumasakay eh epal pa din xa,/....

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