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    Pangasinan: Hundred Islands National Park, Entrance Fee, Boat Ride Rates, How to Get There

    Want to visit Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos, Pangasinan on a tight budget? Here's latest information on how to get there plus standard price of island-hopping/boat ride rentals for day tour or overnight tours.

    Travel Guide to Hundred Islands National Park:

    One of the large boats for hire for island-hopping in Hundred Islands, Alaminos, Pangasinan

    Hundred Islands Rates/Fees (to be booked at Lucap Wharf in Alaminos, Pangasinan)

    Entrance Fee and Island-hopping rates are standard, no worries against overcharging here

    Day Tour:
    Entrance Fee: PhP20.00
    Small Boat (1-5 persons): PhP800.00
    Medium Boat (6-10 persons): PhP1,000.00
    Bog Boat (11-15 persons): PhP1,100.00

    Overnight Tour:
    Entrance Fee: PhP40.00
    Small Boat (1-5 persons): PhP1,400.00
    Medium Boat (6-10 persons): PhP1,800.00
    Bog Boat (11-15 persons): PhP2,000.00

    A bit of spelunking/caving on one of small islands

    How to get to Hundred Islands National Park:

    How to Commute to Hundred Islands

    from Manila, take a bus to Alaminos, Pangasinan

    Bus to Alaminos, Pangasinan:
    Victory Liner
    Cubao to Alaminos, Pangasinan via Camiling, Tarlac
    Fare: PhP393.00
    Trip Schedules: 4am (first trip), 5:30am, 6am, 7am, 8am, 9am,
    10am, 11am, 12nn, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
    10:40pm, 11:50pm (last trip)
    Travel time around 5 hours

    Five Star Bus
    Cubao to Alaminos: PhP393.00 (air-conditioned) PhP300.00 (ordinary)
    Pasay to Alaminos: PhP403.00 (air-conditioned) PhP308.00 (ordinary)
    Trip schedules: please call Five Star hotline +63.927.712.4349 for the latest bus trip schedule

    Driving Directions to Hundred Islands:

    From Manila, head to EDSA then NLEX and SCTEX all the way to Tarlac then take the road going to Camiling, San Clemente, Mangatarem (Pangasinan), Aguilar, Bugallon, Labrador, Sual, and Alaminos


    swimming, snorkeling, diving, beach bumming (some beaches have lots of jelly fishes (dikya) if in season), rappeling

    Coming Up:

    Hundred Islands Beach Resorts, Hotels, Accommodations

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    Walter Mart Mall Hours Holy Week 2014

    For those like Tutubi who'll be stuck in Metro Manila for Holy Week and needed to chill literally, all SM malls in Manila are closed in Holy Week, there's Walter Mart, by the way, that will be open on Holy Thursday.

    So to answer the question is Walter Mart open during Holy Week?

    Walter Mart Mall Schedule for Holy Week 2014:

    April 17, 2014: Maundy Thursday All malls open (up to 7 p.m., 8 p.m. or 9 p.m.)
    April 18, 2014: Good Friday All malls closed
    April 19, 2014: Black SaturdayAll malls open (up to 8 p.m., 9 p.m. or 10 p.m.)
    April 20, 2014: Regular mall operating hours

    WalterMart Mall locations:

    North Luzon

    Gapan City, Nueva Ecija
    City of San Fernando, Pampanga
    Plaridel, Bulacan
    Guiguinto, Bulacan
    Sta. Maria, Bulacan

    Metro Manila

    North EDSA, Quezon City
    E. Rodriguez Sr., Quezon City
    Pasong Tamo Ave., Makati City
    Dr. A. Santos Ave., Paranaque City

    South Luzon

    Gen. Trias, Cavite
    Dasmarinas, Cavite
    Carmona, Cavite
    Trece Martires, Cavite
    Sta. Rosa, Laguna
    Cabuyao, Laguna
    Real, Calamba City, Laguna
    Makiling, Calamba City, Laguna
    Tanauan City, Batangas
    Bicutan, Parañaque City
    Sucat, Parañaque City

    Related Post:

    Ayala Malls Holy Week Schedule
    LRT, LRT2 and MRT Holy Week Schedule
    Trinoma Mall Hours Holy Week

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    SM Malls Holy Week Schedule: Open on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday, Easter Sunday?

    Tutubi knows most people will leave Metro Manila during Holy Week, but this time, he won't be one of them in escaping the summer sun of the metropolis to the beach or Visita Iglesia outside Mega Manila. He intends to stay in the big city probably to drive around to enjoy traffic-free thoroughfares (except EDSA).

    If you're like Tutubi staying again in Manila in Holy Week, brace yourself for super heavy traffic on EDSA and other parts of the city as DPWH will have concrete re-blocking from Tuesday (April 15) to Sunday April 20. Normally, MMDA suspends number coding starting Tuesday April 15. Makati though, historically, does not suspend number coding during Holy Week

    Only SM Baguio is really open for business during Holy Week (Robinsons in Tagaytay is also open)

    Herewith is the Updated latest Schedules of SM Mall Hours Schedule for Holy Week 2014:

    April 14, 2014 Monday NORMAL SCHEDULE 10am to 9pm
    April 15, 2014 Tuesday NORMAL SCHEDULE 10am to 9pm
    April 16, 2014 Wednesday NORMAL SCHEDULE 10am to 9pm
    April 17, 2014 Maundy Thursday CLOSED
    April 18, 2014 Good Friday CLOSED
    April 19, 2014 Black Saturday OPEN (10am to 10pm) (others up to 9pm only)
    April 20, 2014 Easter Sunday OPEN (10am to 10pm) (others up to 9pm only)

    Normal schedules of malls: Mondays to Thursdays is from 10am to 9pm and 10am to 10pm on Fridays to Sundays. Restaurants around SM Mall of Asia are open.

    Select SM Mall of Asia during Holy Week:

    Veranda Tenants – Regular Operating Hours
    SM by the Bay – Regular Operating Hours
    SM Marketmall Dasmarinas
    Wet & Dry Market – 24 Hours
    Bagsakan – 24 Hours
    Mezza Savemore – 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

    Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Place Malate, Robinsons Magnolia, Forum Robinsons (Pioneer) are all closed except Robinsons Tagaytay (similar to SM baguio) which is open and on regular mall hours.

    Ayala Malls' Trinoma, Glorietta, Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Fairview Terraces are all closed on Holy Thursday and Good Friday but open on Black Saturday and Easter Sunday.

    Bonifacio High Street will be closed on Holy Thursday and Good Friday except for some restaurants around the mall. there are also station of the cross at the Fort.

    Lucky Chinatown Mall, 168 Shopping Mall, 999 Mall, Fisher Mall, Starmall, Puregold, Metro Gaisano, Walter Mart (Waltermart), SunStar Mall,

    Disclaimer: Some malls have different operating hours e.g. in Holyweek 2008, SM Baguio was open due to the influx of tourists and holy week vacationers to the City of Pines.

    List of SM Malls for your information along with contact numbers (tip: call them up to confirm)
    SM City North EDSA
    SM City Sta. Mesa (formerly SM Centerpoint)
    SM Megamall
    SM City Cebu
    SM Southmall
    SM City Bacoor
    SM City Fairview
    SM City Iloilo
    SM City Manila
    SM City Pampanga
    SM City Sucat
    SM City Davao
    SM City Cagayan de Oro
    SM City Bicutan
    SM City Lucena
    SM City Baguio
    SM City Marilao
    SM City Dasmariñas
    SM City Batangas
    SM City San Lazaro
    SM Center Valenzuela
    SM Center Molino
    SM City Sta. Rosa
    SM City Clark
    SM Mall of Asia
    SM Center Pasig
    SM City Lipa
    SM City Bacolod
    SM City Taytay
    SM Center Muntinlupa
    SM City Marikina
    SM City Rosales
    SM City Baliwag
    SM City Naga
    SM Center Las Piñas
    SM City Rosario
    SM City Tarlac
    SM City San Pablo
    SM City Calamba
    SM City Novaliches
    SM City Masinag
    SM Marketmall Dasmariñas
    SM City Olongapo
    SM City Consolacion
    SM City San Fernando
    SM City General Santos
    SM Lanang Premier
    SM Aura Premier
    SM City BF Parañaque

    It's recommended to try to call the published telephone numbers of Mall operators for the updated schedule. You can also try to contact the official websites of SM Prime Holdings, the Operator of SM Malls, for the official schedule for Holy Week 2014.

    Some SM Malls, mostly those outside Metro Manila, have free parking. Others have flat parking fee from PhP40.00 - PhP45.00 for covered parking and PhP20.00 - PhP25.00 for open parking.

    Note: No information on Eastwood City Mall if open during holy week.

    Related Post:

    Ayala Malls Holy Week
    LRT, LRT2 and MRT Holy Week Schedule
    Trinoma Mall Hours Holy Week

    SM mall hours holy week 2014, is SM open during holy week?, SM Mall of Asia Holy Week 2014, What are SM mall hours in holy week?

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    ES Transport Bus to Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan: Fare, Trip Schedule, Contact Number

    For people looking for updated information in going to Gapan and Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija and Bulacan towns along the route.

    ES Transport

    ES Transport bus terminal in Cubao, Quezon City is on EDSA north-bound near New York Street, Genesis Transport and opposite Victory Liner and Reymond Transportation

    Telephone Numbers:
    ES Transport Cubao Contact Number: +63.2.912.5975; +63.2.421.4339

    Bus Fare/ticket prices (to be updated):
    Cubao to Jaen: PhP
    Cubao to Cabanatuan: PhP

    Cubao to Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija

    EDSA, NLEX, Sta. Rita exit, Baliuag, San Rafael, San Ildefonso,
    San Miguel and Nueva Ecija towns of Gapan (and San Isidro), San Leonardo (and Jaen), Santa Rosa, Cabanatuan

    Related Posts
    Bus Terminals in Cubao
    Bus Station in Pasay/Taft/LRT Buendia
    Bus Stations in Pasay Taft EDSA Rotonda

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    Ifugao: Ohayami Trans Bus to Banaue: Fare and Trip Schedule

    Wishing to visit the cool mountains of the Cordilleras to escape the summer heat? There's currently only one bus line going
    to Banaue, Ifugao for you to see the Banaue Rice Terraces.

    These information on Ohayami Trans Bus to Banaue, Kiangan, Lagawe and Baguio City (Benguet)

    Ohayami Bus Company Trip Schedule
    Sampaloc, Manila to Banaue, Ifugao daily at 9pm and 10pm
    Bus Fare/Ticket Price: PhP450.00 one-way
    Ticket may be reserved but you need to pay for it in advance

    Main Office: Ohayami Shop , Dullagan, Pob. West, Lagawe, Ifugao, 3600
    Manila terminal: cor, J. fajardo st., Lacson ave., Sampaloc
    Contact number: * 09276493055 , * 02-5160501 (manila) * 09175617344 (ifugao)

    How to get to Ohayami Trans Bus terminal:

    for an updated, accurate online map of Ohayami Trans Bus terminal, please click here

    From LRT 2 Pureza Station, walk along Ramon Magsaysay then board a jeepney with signboard Tayuman (The Tayuman - Lardizabal jeepney route) at the corner of M dela Fuente (formerly Trabajo). Drop off at the corner of J. Fajardo. You can walk here, take a pedicab or a jeepney bound to Quiapo (the Quiapo- Lealtad jeepneys) and alight after crossing A.H. Lacson (formerly Gov. Forbes). There's a Seaoil gas station opposite as landmark.

    From LRT Tayuman Station, walk along Tayuman Street going to Oroquieta then board a jeepney with signboard Lardizabal (The Tayuman - Lardizabal jeepney route). Drop off at the corner of J. Fajardo and Vicente Cruz. You can take a pedicab or a jeepney bound to Quiapo (the Quiapo- Lealtad jeepneys) and alight after crossing A.H. Lacson (formerly Gov. Forbes). There's a Seaoil gas station opposite as landmark.

    If you're taking the jeepney from Taft or from Quezon City, alight at the corner of Espana and Lacson (near UST) then walk to the terminal (going to Nagtahan Bridge). You will pass by G.V. Florida bus terminal.

    *the Ohayami Trans bus station can best be reached by taxi from LRT 1 Tayuman station, and LRT 2 Legarda or Pureza station.

    Driving directions to Ohayami Trans Bus Station:

    from Makati, the easiest route (but not necessarily the fastest as always) is via Buendia, right to Osmena Highway, right to Quirino Avenue cross Nagtahan Bridge to A.H. Lacson then turn left to Fajardo St.

    from Quezon City, head to Quezon Avenue, pass Mabuhay Rotonda (formerly Welcome Rotonda) to Espana Boulevard then turn left to A.H. Lacson

    Related Posts:

    Where to Stay in Banaue Accommodations/Hotels
    How to get to Banaue Rice Terraces, How to get to Banaue, Ifugao

    Bus Terminals in Cubao
    Bus Station in Pasay/Taft/LRT Buendia
    Bus Stations in Pasay Taft EDSA Rotonda

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    Pico Sands Hotel at Pico De Loro Beach and Country Club, Nasugbu, Batangas

    Just two away from Manila is this hideaway of the rich and famous, of which Tutubi is neither of rich nor famous, via CAVITex and the new Kaybiang Tunnel connecting the towns of Ternate, Cavite with Nasugbu, Batangas, Pico de Loro is synonymous with the nearby Mt. Pico de Loro well-loved by mountaineers.

    Located inside Hamilo Coast of Nasugbu, Batangas is a condo resort development with a hotel and beach club. It has Pico Sands hotel for guests and events (like a planning session attended by Tutubi that's why he was able to gain access to the facilities), weddings, prenups, parties, swimming pool, a beach for swimming, swimming pools, a man-made lagoon surrounded by mid-rise condominiums for sale/lease/rent or member-only use.

    Pictures of Pico De Loro, Nasugbu, Batangas:

    the lobby of Pico Sands Hotel

    the two queen size beds of Pico Sands Hotel room. Room also comes with a 32" LCD TV and cable TV provided by Cignal with several HD channels (but do you go to places like this just to watch TV? c'mon!)

    the key card access of Pico Sands Hotel

    Pico Bar and Restaurant just near the lobby of Pico Sands Hotel

    sample menu for order and pick-up from your room via Pico Bar and Restaurant. The hotel does not have room deliveries. Just an FYI on food prices and menu for budget purposes

    the shower has a sliding glass door with shower controls quite far away from the shower. very nice as Tutubi opens the shower but stays away from it to avoid eeither too cold or too hot water

    lotus and lotus flowers floating on the man-made lagoon

    the placid water of the man-made lake of Pico de Loro is perfect for early morning photo opportunities

    Comments/Review of Pico de Loro:

    Coming Up:

    The beach of Pico de Loro, Nasugbu, Batangas
    How to Get to Nasugbu, Batangas

    Other interesting places in Nasugbu, Batangas:

    Club Punta Fuego
    Munting Buhangin Beach Resort
    Beach Resorts for Summer Outing

    as always, this is not a sponsored post. You may get in touch with Pico de Loro for the latest room rates, day tour rates if not posted on Pico de Loro official website.

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    Beach Resorts in Cavite (Entrance Fee, Room Rates, Swimming Pool)

    Cavite is really home to nice, cheap beach resorts near Manila for less than two hours via Cavitex. Tutubi's doing research on Cavite beach resorts, beyond Lido Beach Resort he visited a few years back besides Puerto Azul Beach Club, the first true beach resort he visited from way back in 1998.

    Herewith is his compiled list of Beach Resorts in Cavite (with or without swimming pool), with official websites, telephone numbers, email address/contact details, current room rates/entrance fee, swimming pool (or infinity pool if available)
    and other facilities.

    Bacoor Beach Resorts

    no white beaches here, too dirty. expect vendors/fishermen of talaba and tahong

    Kawit Beach Resorts

    Cavite City Beach Resorts

    Noveleta Beach Resorts

    Cavite beaches are all inside Manila Bay except those in Naic and Ternate where you can see fine white sand beaches with clear water and trash-free

    Lido Beach Resort
    Telephone Number: +63.947.150.0298

    Villamar Beach Resort
    Entrance fee: PhP30.00, shower stalls at only PhP15.00/person.
    Picnic tables rental prices: PHP100.00, PhP250.00
    Overnight Accommodations (Room rates): PhP1,000/2 persons (ordinary fan room, extra person PhP100.00), PhP3,000.00 for 2 persons aircon room, PhP200.00 extra person)
    Contact Numbers for reservations/inquiries:Baby +63.929.8905763; Lolit +63.920.408.4444

    Rosario Beach Resorts

    La Isla Bonita De Salinas
    Entrance Fee/Admission: PhP20.00 (free for Rosario residents)

    Mount Sea Resort and Hotel
    Room Rates: PhP2998.00 (budget package), PhP5,500.00 (superior)
    Telephone Number: +63.46.438.3888
    Remarks: nice facilities

    Tanza Beach Resorts

    La Playa Resort
    Address: Halayhay Rd, Tanza
    Telephone Number: +63.46.686.9069

    Starfish Beach Resort

    Tanza Oasis Hotel and Resort
    Room Rates: PhP2,500.00 to PhP5,000.00
    Telephone Numbers: +63.2.524.3876;+63.2.708.0704;+63.2.516.5432

    Villa Excellance Beach Resort in Tanza
    Here is the list of the rates and entrance fees of Villa Excellance Beach Resort in Tanza, Cavite.
    Beach Entrance Fee: PhP40.00 (weekday), PhP50.00 Weekends and holidays
    Swimming Pool rates: PhP60.00 adults (PhP70.00 overnight)

    Villa Buenaflor Resort
    Address: Brgy. Calibuyo Tanza Cavite
    Telephone Number: +63.46.886.1014

    Villa Christina Resort

    Villa Excellance Beach Resort
    Address: Brgy. Sahud Ulan, Postema, Tanza 4108
    Telephone Numbers: +63.46.885.2220

    Naic Beach Resorts

    Aroma Beach Resort,
    Naic Cavite
    Phone Number: +63.939.407.1304

    Ternate Beach Resorts:

    * the best beaches in Cavite can really be found in the southernmost town of Ternate due to its distance
    from Manila, meaning it's already clean, unlike filth you see on the beach of Noveleta (sorry, Tutubi is an honest blogger)

    Boracay de Cavite Beach Resort (Marine Base)
    Entrance fee: PhP100.00, PhP200.00 overnight
    Parking Fee: PhP50.00 jeep/cars
    Remarks: the beach has a checkpoint as it's inside a General Lim Marine barracks.

    Caylabne Bay Resort
    Contact Number: +63.2.813.8520

    Little Boracay Ternate (also known as Marine Base Ternate Beach)
    Entrance fee: PhP100 per head
    Cottage is P350
    Overnight stay room rate PhP500.00

    Marine Base Katungkulan Beach Resort
    Entrance fee: PhP100.00, PhP200.00 overnight
    Remarks: the beach has a checkpoint as it's inside a General Lim Marine barracks.

    Puerto Azul Golf and Country Club
    Day tour rates:
    PhP 650/person with buffet lunch (subject to minimum guests), PhP 450/person with plated lunch,
    PhP 300/person – just entrance fee , no meals
    Remarks: Tutubi visited this place in 1998 but current pictures in the Internet seems nothing much changed :(
    this used to be an exclusive, invitation-only resort then. Puerto Azul website not visible now
    Contact Numbers: +63.932.863.6070; +63.919.533.5391

    Ternate Beach Resort
    Entrance Fee: PhP75.00 day tour, PhP150.00 overnight
    Telephone Numbers:
    Ms. Beth +63.932.211.2725; +63.908.862.7785

    RanRich Beach Resort
    Address: San Jose 4, Ternate, Cavite
    Entrance Fee: day swimming rates at PhP100.00
    Room Rates start at PhP1000.00 including big groups, Cottage rentals at PhP500 and up
    Contact Number: +63.908.876.5696
    Remarks: with big swimming pool, you can also pitch a tent on the beach (PhP150.00) but bring your own tent at the campsite.
    You can bring your own food and drinks at no corkage fee

    Beach resorts in Cavite with swimming pool

    Coming up:

    How to Get to Cavite: Map, Bus and Jeepney routes

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    Saulog Transit Bus to Olongapo, Cavite and Baguio: Fare and Trip Schedules

    For anyone wishing to go explore Baguio and Olongapo from Cavite or vice versa, latest information on Saulog buses you see on EDSA going to/from these places. Note that Cavite trips terminal is at Coastal Mall in Paranaque City.

    Saulog Transit
    Dra Salamanca, Cavite City, Cavite
    Telephone Number: +63.46.431.1753

    Bus Routes/Destinations:

    Cavite to Olongapo
    Cavite to Baguio
    Ternate to Olongapo

    Bus Trip Schedules:

    Cavite City - Olongapo City (via NLEX, San Fernando and Subic)

    1st trip 1am
    Last trip 6pm
    Interval: 1 hr

    Cavite City - Baguio:

    First Trip 2:30am
    Last Trip 8:30am

    Baguio - Cavite City

    First Trip: 12:30pm
    Last Trip 12:00

    Bus Fares:
    Olongapo to SM North EDSA: PhP207.00
    Cavite to Olongapo: PhP269.00
    Cavite City - Baguio: PhP494.00
    Ternate - Olongapo: PhP300.00
    Mendez - Olongapo: PhP325.00

    Cavite trips to Ternate will pass by Bacoor, Noveleta, Kawit, Naic, Tanza and Ternate. there's also the Olongapo to Mendez trips

    Please get in touch directly with Saulog Transit company for updated fares, freight, cargo, complaints and inquiries.
    Official website: none

    Related Posts:
    Bus Terminals in Cubao
    Bus Station in Pasay/Taft/LRT Buendia
    Bus Stations in Pasay Taft EDSA Rotonda

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    Dinosaurs Island Baguio: Entrance Fee, Map, How to Get There/Directions

    Dinosaurs Island Baguio is the summer capital's latest attraction. It features moving dinosaurs brought back to life using animatronics technology from Italy, the same technology used in other dinosaur islands park (e.g. Clark).

    Dinosaurs Island is inside Baguio Ecopark along Marcos Highway near the viaduct and after the tunnel (if you're coming from Manila. Map of Baguio Ecopark is available here (via OpenStreetMap, updated by Tutubi).

    Dinosaurs Island Baguio Ecopark (information from official website)

    How to get to Baguio Ecopark:

    Driving Directions from Baguio:
    Drive down along Marcos Highway and take the first right before the viaduct.

    From Manila via Marcos Highway:
    Take first right after the tunnel before the flyover.

    Operating Hours:
    Park is Open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Daily!
    (please inquire from their contact number or email address if open during Holy Week, and other holidays (Christmas Day, New Years Day, All Saints Day et al)

    Dinosaurs Island Entrance Fee/Rates/Ticket Prices:

    Adults: PhP 350.00
    Children, 4-12 yrs old: Php 300.00
    3 years old and below: Free

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    Araneta Center Bus Station, Cubao, Quezon City

    Tutubi's helper went home to Iloilo for a one week, paid vacation and also RORO bus fare (it's her choice, Tutubi's willing to shoulder the round-trip airfare but her sister inisted they take the long, sea-going bus ride unlike her other helper who takes the round-trip flight to/from Cebu via Cebu Pacific. One of the ways to keep the loyalty of maids/helpers/yaya/kasambahay as dedicated ones are really hard to find)

    The information you will see on this post is about the Araneta Center Bus Station where several bus lines going to the provinces
    mostly going south to Visayas and Mindanao can be found for lack of dedicated bus terminal accessible to the commuting public. This bus terminal will, hope it's soon, be replaced by the Southwest Bus Terminal serving Cavite and Batangas (including Tagaytay), North Bus Terminal (no final location but it's either the site of Manila Seedling Bank, UP Diliman near Commonwealth or temporarily at Trinoma (stupid, Tutubi thinks) and by the South Bus Terminal (probably at FTI Complex in Taguig) to serve all southbound buses not served by the Southwest Terminal

    A drive-by picture of Araneta Center Bus Station (through a moist glass window thus the spots

    Partial list of Bus Companies at Araneta Center Bus Station:

    Alps The Bus Inc

    Ceres Tours: Iloilo, Cebu

    Dimple Star

    Gasat Express: Antique, Iloilo, Capiz

    RORO Bus Company: Masbate, Mindoro

    RSL: Bicol

    Ultrabus: Samatr, Leyte

    Valisno Express: Antique, Iloilo, Capiz

    The RORO Bus booking counter where you can reserve bus seats to Masbate and San Jose Occidental Mindoro. Several other counters like this can be found at Araneta Center Bus terminal for bus ticket bookings and seat reservations. You can see bus telephone numbers on the kiosks

    Note: this post will be updated to reflect bus company contact numbers, bus routes/destinations and fares, once available.
    This bus terminal is full of people in peak times like Holy Week (particularly Holy Wednesday and Hoy Thursday), Christmas, New Year and All Saints Day

    How to Get to Araneta Center Bus Station:

    It's accessible via MRT Cubao -Araneta Center Station or LRT 2 Cubao Station. EDSA buses pass by the EDSA Aurora Boulevard where you need to walk to the place behind Shopwise. All jeepneys with signboard Cubao can also take you to the place.

    Related Posts:

    Bus Terminals in Cubao
    Bus Station in Pasay/Taft/LRT Buendia
    Bus Stations in Pasay Taft EDSA Rotonda

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