Makati, a city situated in the heart of Manila, Philippines—is known for being a hotshot venue where the biggest and the most advanced corporate offices, universities, commercial businesses, and institutions are situated. You can easily recognize if its Makati if you are surrounded by many tall buildings, multiple food hubs, and accommodation establishments that make it a diverse city of fast-growing commercial locale.
…and that’s why I think it also has become one of the leading centers of bumper to bumper road scenarios, and to put it more simply—everyday traffic bust.
As a writer working in Makati, I know how every day goes by in this active city. I have been a witness to this since I first started scouring the city when I was still in my internship days back in 2016. Of course, the everyday road norm is somehow surprising at first but as I go along through time—I got pretty used to it.
And you might, too—if you ever choose to work around or live around Makati and choose to commute.
Let me show here how my day usually begins in the city where they Make It Happen (Makati).
I reside with my family at Vito Cruz, Taft Manila, just a Buendia Jeep away from the Buendia. (I know it’s redundant but this is what we usually call the ride). This day, July 23, 2017, I got out of our house by 6:30 AM, and I reached Buendia by 6:55. That’s kind of fast compared to Buendia ride when you ride in the latter part of the day, where the whole ride would take you for about an hour.
When I reached Buendia, it’s where the waiting period begins.
I usually wait at the side of the road, along with the Buendia highway where two roads are on the move. One is going to Pasay, Manila, while the other one is going to Taguig (which lead to my destination because Makati stands next to Taguig). To get to the far end side of Makati, I need to drop off at Makati Avenue.
The thing here in Makati is the transportation is offensively scarce. I mean, literally—scarce, in terms of Jeeps. If you are going the same route as I am, you had no choice but to really wait for a jeep to arrive. You can go for a bus, but the bus will lead you to another side of Makati, which is Ayala. The only choice I got to get to Makati Avenue is to really ride a Guadalupe Jeep, which I always do—at all times, by default.
This is the tricky yet somehow irritating part if you are hurrying to get to Makati Avenue—Guadalupe Jeeps are few, and I considered it a miracle if I could find an empty one or two. Most of Guadalupe Jeeps are full, you can even see some of the male passengers will cling (sabit) by the entrance part of the jeep, just to get moving along the road. Guadalupe Jeeps will ride along Mapua University somewhere in Paseo De Roxas and RCBC Bank in Ayala—some of the best place where many people usually pull over. The thing here is these jeeps are rare, and few, but their passengers are multiple in numbers.
Might want to talk about the infamous supply and demand problem.
So anyway, as you could see the picture below that I was still waiting. I took the first picture sometime around 7:19, while the second one was around 7:30. Not such a good time frame for waiting, actually—but this is how I usually wait every day for a Guadalupe Jeep.
The people like me are increasing in waiting stops for the very special Guadalupe jeep, but by the strike of 7:40, there’s still none. I got to get to work by 8 AM. I have no choice but to ride a Hybrid Bus, which will go the same route as the Guadalupe Jeep will.
By the time I get on the bus, it’s somehow empty. You can see that by the picture.
But as the minutes tick by, and when the clock strikes by 7:45, the hybrid bus I ride on to looked like this.
The passengers had more increased when the bus took over the first lap of Makati. The doors are almost hard for the driver to close, due to many people trying to get inside just to get to their destinations.
The fare here in the Hybrid Bus is thrice the price with the Guadalupe Jeep (Only P8), and twice the fare in a normal bus (only P12). P25 pesos. Yes, you need to pay P25 to be able to get to Makati through the hybrid bus.
With the aircon and all—it pretty sounds reasonable to me.
But still, my heart went out for the Jeepney, even though I usually get hassled by the “Habulan Jeep Gaming” (Chase-The-Jeep Gaming).
I arrived at Makati Avenue at around 8:20. Everything seems pretty normal, like normal—cars moving in the streets, people on their way to work like me busting in through the lanes.
Well, that’s how my morning ride to Makati usually goes by. If you are to ride in the city in one of your days here, make sure to always get there as early as possible. Remember, an early bird catches the worm. Happy riding!