Gateway Mall, Cubao Araneta Center Bus Terminal
But that is just an apocryphal story. Some historians attribute the name of Cubao to a "lubluban ng kalabaw" (where carabaos dip). Cubao's place in history is that it's the seat of power in the country when Quezon City was made the capital of the Philippines.
What's true, however, is that exactly 32 years ago, Araneta Coliseum played host to the historic “Thrilla in Manila” match between heavyweight champions Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Muhamad Ali won the fight via a 14th round TKO. He pocketed $6 million for the fight, while Frazier got $3 million richer. (it is for this reason a mall was named after Muhammad Ali: Ali Mall)
Crappy "Drive-by" Photos of Cubao
Gateway Mall, touted as "like no other mall in the world," is one of Tutubi's favorite places to watch movies besides Ayala's Glorietta/Greenbelt/Trinoma cinemas. Recommends Gateway Cineplex's Cinema 10 with lazyboy seats inclusive of popcorn and drinks for a price, of course!
Cubao used to be visited by Tutubi solely for the mega-branch of National Bookstore
a crappy camera phone picture of the big dome at night
Never mind if the pictures, shot through a car window, are less appealing :(
Miscellaneous Travel Information:
Hotels in Cubao are Eurotel, Kabayan Hotel, Hotel Sogo with its distinctive red building, Nice Hotel near Arayat Market, Confiado Appartelle and Gran Prix Hotel at the Victory Liner terminal (some are really nice and cheap hotels there)
Also see: Cubao Expo/Marikina Shoe Expo where you can tour the artsy side of Cubao and eat at the authentic Italian restaurant Bellini's.
Aling Nena's Bibingka still stands also from way back in the 1960s.
How to get to Cubao:
Cubao is a transportation hub of Metro Manila. It can be reached via the MRT and LRT Line 2. Various jeepney (e.g. Angono, Quiapo, et al) and bus terminals are present there that ferries passengers to almost any point in Luzon.
Some of the Bus Terminals in Cubao:
Destination: Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Isabela, Cagayan, Tarlac, Pampanga
Terminal: New York EDSA Cubao, Quezon City
Tel No: 912-3343
(occupies the former terminal of Florida Bus on the EDSA Cubao northbound)
DAGUPAN BUS LINE
Destination : Pangasinan and Baguio
Terminal : Cubao, Quezon City
Tel No: 727-2330
DIMPLE STAR TRANSPORT
Destination: Iloilo via Antique and Mindoro Island
Destination : Abra, La Union and Ilocos Sur
Terminal : New York Street, Cubao, Q.C.
Tel No: 741-4146
Destination : Sta. Cruz (Laguna) (passing through Calamba (Pansol)/Los Banos/Bay/Pila/Victoria
(Pagsanjan, famous for the falls, can be reached by a short jeepney commute from Sta Cruz. A little further, you'll pass by Lumban, Kalayaan, Paete, Pakil, Pangil, Siniloan towns)
Terminal : Southbound EDSA, Cubao Q.C. (near Victory Liner and pedestrian overpass. another one (Green Star) on Taft Avenue near corner Gil Puyat/Buendia, Pasay City)
Destination : Laguna, Quezon
Terminal : EDSA cor. Kamias St., Quezon City
Tel No: 63(2)682-5750
Destination : La Union, Abra, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte
Terminal : 816 Aurora Boulevard cor. Arayat St., Cubao, Q.C.
Tel No: +63.2.725.7303
Destination : Daet (Camarines Norte), Naga (Camarines Sur), Legazpi (Albay), Pilar/Donsol (Sorsogon), Rawis/Borongan/Guian/San Policarpio(Samar), Maasin/Ormoc (Leyte), Antique/Iloilo/Estancia (Panay), CDO, Davao
Terminal : 816 Aurora Boulevard cor. Arayat St., Cubao, Q.C.
New Terminal on EDSA just below MRT Cubao Station (site of old Alibangbang/Bangbang Alley)
Tel No: +63.2911.2523; 913-566663; 725-7303
Tip: Try their Gold Service i.e. bus with restroom. They utilize the RO-RO (Roll-on, Roll-off) facility for trips to Visayas and Mindanao. Also provides bus transportation to/from Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIC) in Clark, Pampanga
Destination : Batangas, Quezon
Terminal : EDSA, Quezon City
Tel. No: +63.2.925.1758
Destination: Quezon (Infanta, Real), Bicol
Terminal: EDSA, Quezon City (near Victory Liner)
Tel. No.: +63.2.492.6994
Solid North Transport
Shares JAC Liner terminal near Kamias and EDSA northsbound with destinations: Tarlac, Pangasinan and Pampanga
Destination : Daet, Camarines Norte
Terminal : EDSA, Quezon City
Destination : Alaminos, Baguio City, Bolinao, Dagupan City, Lingayen
Terminal : EDSA, Cubao
Tel No: +63.2.727.4534
Tip: Try their luxury coach 29 seater with restroom (deluxe bus)
If you're looking to find answers to "how to commute to" or "manila to ???" or "how to get to" places, just leave a comment
UPDATED: MARCH 2013
Please call the bus company's contact numbers or visit their official website, if any, for current bus fares, trip schedules, chartered bus rates, reservations, freight (waybill) and other inquiries. Most of the bus companies operate additional trips in Holy Week, from Palm Sunday, Holy Wednesday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday and Easter Sunday (when many people return to Manila)
Bus Stations in Pasay Taft corner Buendia
Bus Stations in Pasay Taft EDSA Rotonda
you may be looking for cubao aranet bus terminal, gateway mall, ali mall, farmers plaza, shopwise, hotel/motel cubao
how to get to cubao quezon city
posted by backpacking philippines @ 10:12 PM,
- At Oct 1, 2007, 6:55:00 PM, kneeko said...
un pala ung history ng cubao hehe... same ung mga sinehan na pinupuntahan ko ah ayos..
welcome back! sa pinas ka na pala ulit..
- At Oct 1, 2007, 7:00:00 PM, tutubi said...
kneeko, tagal na ko nakabalik dito :)
regarding gateway, it's one of those movie houses where security is lax that I can bring my camera inside. There are no security guards at the theater entrances. Unlike other cinemas where I'll be required to leave my camera with them. I'd rather not take the risk :)
- At Oct 1, 2007, 11:11:00 PM, said...
This is interesting.
- At Oct 2, 2007, 5:37:00 AM, carlotta said...
hehe kala ko nung una nagkaron ng drive-by shooting sa cubao di ko napanood sa news kagabi, ibang klaseng drive-by shoot pala ang nangyari. ;-P
namamahalan ako sa sinehan ng gateway kaya madalas ako sa megamall manood. last napanood kong sine dun yung the girl who leapt through time sa cinemanila kasi mura lang nyahahaha pero saya sa gateway nga, mas uso ko ambience. alam mo bang bagsak-presyo ang mga pastries sa mandarin cafe dun after 9pm? hehehe.
- At Oct 2, 2007, 5:38:00 AM, carlotta said...
i meant mas gusto ambience... ^^
- At Oct 2, 2007, 5:21:00 PM, Toe said...
Can if you imagine if Frazier won? Ali Mall would have been Frazier Mall. :)
- At Oct 3, 2007, 6:50:00 AM, exskindiver said...
love bellinis, tutubi.
thanks for the visit.
i noticed you are from paete.
i know, i know-- not everyone knows everyone but it is a small world right? so having said that:
do you know the Calabigs?
- At Oct 3, 2007, 9:20:00 AM, tutubi said...
kyels, filipinos love boxing, that's why
carlotta, got u there. i don't like the cinemas in SM, too large and not amphitheater-like-- pag matangkad nasa harap mo lagi na may ulo sa screen saka :(
toe, i never thought of that :)
exskindiver, yes, i know the calabigs. one of them is a former mayor (cornelio) and one his sons is John
- At Oct 4, 2007, 5:48:00 PM, dodong flores said...
In MIP, your Drive-By Shoot is called D&S (short for drive-and-snap) :D
I also visit Gateway Mall as I always go to Cubao. Haven't had any movie experience there yet kasi medyo namahalan ako. I always watch movie in SM Megamall - mas affordable para sa wallet ko...
I appreciate your complete listing of contact numbers for bus terminals. That surely helps...
- At Oct 24, 2007, 6:09:00 AM, kitty said...
thank you for dropping by, ate tutubi! now I know the story of cubao (lol) I love all your entries here, very informative indeed esp. the yummy longganisas that made my mouth watery after reading it hehee =) hmm... I miss Manila, I don't live there but whenever I went there to go malling I love just looking at all the places there, just brings back good memories..
- At Feb 1, 2008, 2:59:00 PM, said...
i love eating original bibingka at Nena's Special Bibingka. me and my oldies used to frequent the place watching COD's show during holidays and on the side we enjoyed feasting bibingka far more better than other bibingkas :)
- At Sep 29, 2008, 11:36:00 AM, said...
how does one reserve tickets for the vicroty liner bus? and what time kaya ang trips nito. i cant seem to find info on their website. thanks ")
- At Oct 3, 2008, 9:22:00 PM, tutubi said...
anonymous, victory liners schedule is posted on their official website. AFAIK, you call them and pay for the tickets a f ew days before the trip
- At Feb 25, 2009, 10:58:00 PM, obsaejeff said...
how much the aircon fee in superlines manila to panganiban camarines norte and the first trip morning schedule on saturday feb. 28?
- At Feb 26, 2009, 9:26:00 PM, backpacking philippines said...
obsaejeff, sorry, no updated info on fares as they're always changing. i estimate it at about P600 since it's quite near daet
- At May 13, 2009, 9:37:00 PM, said...
anung sakyn ko n bus ppuntng pansol calamba laguna kung s cubao ko,,????meron pob s araneta terminal?
- At May 13, 2009, 9:51:00 PM, backpacking philippines said...
anonymous, it's HM Transport, wala sa araneta terminal...click the link i gave you for more details
- At May 18, 2009, 10:14:00 PM, said...
meron po bng byahe from cubao to occidental mindoro??/
- At May 20, 2009, 10:04:00 PM, backpacking philippines said...
Anonymous, i've never been there but all i know is that you need to ride a bus to Batngas Pier, take the ferry to Mindoro then ride another bus/van to occidental mindoro...
- At Jun 21, 2009, 8:15:00 PM, said...
how to get to mabini batangas?
- At Jul 16, 2009, 5:56:00 PM, said...
how to get to sm san fernando pampanga from cubao? thanks..
- At Jul 17, 2009, 10:21:00 AM, backpacking philippines said...
anonymous, there are buses and vans in cubao going straight to SM San Fernando. You can even ride them on EDSA northbound
- At Sep 23, 2009, 12:22:00 PM, said...
called victory liner, wanted to get it exclusively for camsur. they only allow it for baguio daw. anyone know any other bus companies?
- At Mar 1, 2010, 11:24:00 AM, said...
Tutubi,can you recom a nice but cheap bed-n-dine inn/hotel near the bus terminal in Cubao for 3 ladies backpacking? There a few but they are still for dollar-rich tourists.Would appreciate your info,thanks!
- At Mar 1, 2010, 6:52:00 PM, backpacking philippines said...
anonymous, which bus terminal? if it's victory liner, you may want to try GranPrix hotel owned by the same company. just a stairway to Victory Liner bus station :P
- At Mar 18, 2010, 11:27:00 AM, said...
Hello tutubi, confirm ko lang kung nagteterminal ang JAC liner sa loob ng araneta center(back of alimall). were going to lucena city kasi on sat. thanks.
- At Mar 18, 2010, 11:37:00 AM, backpacking philippines said...
anonymous, as stated above, nasa EDSA Kamias terminal nila sa ilalim ng Kamias flyover malapit sa GMA (EDSA southbound)
- At Apr 5, 2010, 10:05:00 AM, said...
We’re planning to go to Naga on April 23. Anong bus line ang may biyahe ng midnight?
- At Apr 20, 2010, 1:32:00 AM, said...
How to go to Araneta from Pampanga by a bus?
We will watch a concert so probably it will end at around 10-11pm..
are there available bus to go back from Araneta to Pampanga at that time?
- At Apr 24, 2010, 11:35:00 PM, said...
paano magcommute from clark to cubao?
- At Apr 30, 2010, 12:18:00 AM, said...
tanong q lng po kung operate pa din kayo on may 10 2010..i mean my bus pa din po bng availble going to baguio thankyou
- At Apr 30, 2010, 9:51:00 AM, backpacking philippines said...
char, bus companies don't have holidays off, they operate their normal trip schedules, usually though they offer more trips on peak days like on May 7 and 8 when people like me go home to the provinces to "just to vote"
- At May 27, 2010, 3:36:00 PM, said...
how do i get to Victory Liner(Edsa Cubao Terminal)? I'll be coming from Recto, there are jeepneys to Cubao. will those jeeps reach the Terminal of Victory liner? thanks
- At May 27, 2010, 4:25:00 PM, backpacking philippines said...
jeff, yes. just alight at the corner of Aurora and EDSA (before the jeepney crosses EDSA), cross Aurora overpass and walk towards Victory liner. Note this is the victory liner terminal withh trips going to baguio. the vistory liner with trips to Cagayan valley is on the opposite side of edsa
- At May 30, 2010, 6:23:00 PM, said...
hi im ed !!! im reporting that one of your employee, bus station of cubao aranera center, has forgoten to give back my cellphone... He borrowed my Cellphone Last night 9:30pm, and afterwards 6:30am He stil didn't come... hmp... please report to me if u know who he is... this is my email "firstname.lastname@example.org" ... thx
- At Sep 17, 2010, 10:23:00 AM, dodong flores said...
Parang kailan lang. Three years na rin pala yung bagong Philtranco terminal sa Cubao. I used to visit the place in the 90's when it was still Bangbang Ali...
- At Sep 17, 2010, 10:27:00 AM, backpacking philippines said...
dodong, the sign there reads Piltranco alibangbang :P there are also bus terminals of Ceres Transport /ceres Liner / Ceres Tours and the green lively RORO bus near the St. Jude Transit bus station and Santrans
- At Oct 17, 2010, 2:19:00 AM, Mona Lisa said...
Hi. How to get to Infanta via commute? Does Raymond Transport buses pass by Antipolo proper (Ynares center > circumferential road)? Does it also pass by Cainta Junction?
- At Dec 27, 2010, 7:14:00 PM, Meiley said...
hi ask Lng sana ako kung magkano rate sa EUROTEL per night?
- At Jan 29, 2011, 2:47:00 PM, said...
paano magparesevr ng ticket?? sa feb 26 kame alis.. contact me pls..09168244986
im richard De leon
- At Feb 2, 2011, 5:39:00 PM, said...
can anybody tell me how and which bus should I ride if I want to go to guimba nueva ecija
- At Feb 23, 2011, 9:32:00 AM, said...
TO ALL CONCERN:
do u have any contact# ng EAGLESTAR BUS (ung aircon po sana)?ung route nia is from manila to LILO-AN or any part in Leyte.
- At Mar 5, 2011, 6:25:00 PM, said...
ano po time yung roro bus sa cubao umaalis sa gbi?
wat tym kya mganda pumunta dun para bumili ticket.. may mabibili pa kya ako pag pumunta ako ng 3 hours before the roro trip? pls reply.. bale manila-caticlan trip yun.. i need to know asap.. aalis na ko tom o sa monday kc.. wla ako mkontak jan sa mnila eh.. long distance kc pag tinwagan ko.. pls help me..
- At Apr 3, 2011, 8:43:00 AM, said...
I'm going to Samar but I can't contact Philtranco Do any other bus company who has route to Samar?
- At Apr 4, 2011, 11:04:00 AM, backpacking philippines said...
anonymous, i've seen Ultrabus Roro buses in Leyte and Samar but i don't know here's the terminal. Also looking for Ceres Transport, Ceres Liner or Ceres bus lines and Bachelor Express, Rural transit buses but they service not samar
- At Apr 21, 2011, 10:24:00 AM, said...
ano pong buses ang may route ppntang balanga,bataan?please advise. thanks po!
- At Apr 26, 2011, 2:43:00 PM, said...
sir ansarap kaya sumakay ng dominion bus galing manila. ganito yan kwento ko. umuupo ako mag isa pauwi dito province namin then may nakiupo s kin na magandang chickas as in super ganda. then xempre 12hrs ang byahe xempre kinausap usap ko xa we get to know a little better at napapansin nyang tingin ako ng tingin s dibdib nya.. di ko inaasahan hinalikan nya ko ansarap ng halik nya s kin.. tpos bumulong xa s kin sabi nya gusto mo subo ko yan.. xempre nabigla ako kaya pinabayaan ko lng ang kamay nya n gmuapang at inalabas at sinubo nya ang aking.. hmmmm ayyy ansrap tlga maging gwapo.. di ko man lang nlaman phone number nya name lang nya hayyyzzzz. tnx Dominion.. for unforgetable moment
- At Apr 26, 2011, 4:47:00 PM, backpacking philippines said...
anonymous, read above and see the answer :(
anonymous, sex in the bus? dream on! :P
- At Apr 30, 2011, 10:59:00 AM, said...
Does Ceres bus lines have a Cubao terminal? If so, do they have trips going to Surigao del norte? can I have their contact number please? or if you know the exact fare going to Surigao del Norte, it would be much better. thanks!
- At May 17, 2011, 11:57:00 PM, said...
hello question po. regarding to those buses going to bolinao, do they have stop over at alaminos so i could have my ride there instead of going to manila terminal? or better yet kung may trip to bolinao from alaminos? thanks :)
- At Jul 28, 2011, 1:20:00 PM, said...
my trip b ngaun going to bicol? hnggang san lang sa bicol?
- At Sep 13, 2011, 1:55:00 PM, said...
wala kayo schedule!!!
- At Sep 23, 2011, 5:13:00 PM, said...
ano po iba nilang landline kc wala pong sumasagot sa phone eh, pati po yung cellphone nila. mag inquire lang po sana ako Ultrabus po sana thanks.
- At Oct 11, 2011, 1:50:00 PM, said...
what is the e-mail of this site?
- At Oct 20, 2011, 2:37:00 PM, said...
anong bus ang sasakyan patungong angeles city, pampanga galing cubao?
- At Oct 27, 2011, 12:08:00 PM, NJ said...
paano mag-commute papuntang olivares (jeepney terminal) sa tagaytay? sasakay ng nasugbu bus?saan may ganung bus kung galing ako QC? thanks!
- At Dec 4, 2011, 9:10:00 AM, said...
paano makapunta sa victory liner grand pix hotel kung galing ka lrt 2 araneta center cubao
- At Dec 4, 2011, 2:31:00 PM, backpacking philippines said...
nj, i have s separate post on how to get to tagaytay, look for it
- At Dec 4, 2011, 10:57:00 PM, backpacking philippines said...
anonymous, from LRT 2 station, walk towards EDSA, cross it via the footbridge then turn right. grand prix hotel is just in front of victory liner
- At Mar 30, 2012, 8:25:00 PM, said...
Pls post your timings of departure from different terminal...thank you.
- At Apr 7, 2012, 8:57:00 AM, said...
may i know the accessible contact number of dimple star and ceres bus liner at araneta terminal
- At Apr 24, 2012, 9:56:00 AM, NumberSix said...
wala bang tell phone No. to ang elavil buss? pa post naman poh salamat
- At Apr 24, 2012, 9:57:00 AM, NumberSix said...
helo po wala bang tel. phone No. ang ELAVIL na bus.. pa post nman poh ung tel phone No. nila salamat..
- At May 27, 2012, 4:23:00 PM, Saizen Hiroyuki said...
anong bus company po ba masuggest nyo na maganda, mura fare at SAFE ung hindi reckless ung driver pls manila going to pansol po byahe.. nid ur answer asap thanks - Lenalee
- At Aug 7, 2012, 10:11:00 AM, said...
Sana lahat ng mga bus company ay nakapost pati ung contact nos. nila..Because their tickets have no contact nos. too.
- At Aug 17, 2012, 8:21:00 AM, said...
magkano pamasahe from manila (QC) papunta nga pangasinan (Manaog church)? pwede paki post ang sagot dito at sa fb ko: email@example.com maraming salamat. :)
- At Aug 22, 2012, 5:16:00 AM, said...
hi, good morning, ask q lang kung meron na bang partas sa araneta bus terminal or do I still have to go to partas terminal? and if so how do we get there, we're from Sucat then gonna ride a bus going to cubao ibabaw? san exactly ung location ng partas, malapit ba sya sa dagupan bus? hope you can help me with this, thank you
- At Aug 23, 2012, 7:25:00 PM, backpacking philippines said...
anonymous, partas bus terminal is on aurora boulevard near arayat street (going to sta mesa). baba ka sa cubao ibabaw then tawid ng EDSA, lakad sa aurora hanggang arayat. medyo layo lakad, medyo lapit din tricycle saka matao sa arayat market
- At Oct 5, 2012, 3:54:00 PM, Lieza Juarez said...
from sta cruz, laguna paano makarating sa legaspi village salcedo st. Makati city. Anu ano po ba ang sasakyan ko. Salamat!