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Avoid Edsa on Holy Week

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The infernal traffic jam that motorists of Metro Manila and surrounding areas have to suffer daily was the subject of last Monday’s Kapihan sa Manila at the Diamond Hotel. The guests were representatives of the Metro Manila Development Authority (Director Neomie Recio and engineer Emil Llavon of the Traffic Engineering Center, Gen. Frank Manalo of the Traffic Discipline Office, and Tina Velasco of the office of MMDA Chair Francis Tolentino) and of the Light Rail Transit Authority (Hernando T. Cabrera, corporate board secretary, and Annabelle Gananciel, manager of the business development and public relations department).

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Edsa reblocking: What it means

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TRAFFIC GRIDLOCKONEDSA Traffic flow on Edsa has worsened as the number of vehicles using it continually grows every year.
(Inset)Workers repair a section of the highway at daytime, blocking traffic. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ/ALEXIS CORPUZ

Knowing when workers repair sections of the the 23-kilometer Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa) will allow commuters to avoid getting caught in horrendous traffic jams.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Reblocking: How it’s done

Reblocking is the repair of a damaged section of a road.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Edsa by the numbers

23 kilometers Length of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue   6 Number of cities through which Edsa passes— Caloocan, Quezon City, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati and Pasay   2.8 Million Estimated number of people who use Edsa daily   264,000 Estimated number of private vehicles that pass through Edsa daily (as of 2013)   15,200 [...]

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Apathy, Edsa and the ultimate selfies

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Lawyer Ernesto “Ticky” Tabujara III posts on Facebook about sharing life’s little joys with his son, photos of the junk food his household consumes, his advocacy of responsible gun ownership, and being still sexy and macho at 49. Last Feb. 25, however, he posted a completely different set of photos.

Posted: March 7th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Miracle’ at Edsa?

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I am uncomfortable with throwing around the word “miracle” too easily. In many cases I prefer to speak of Divine Providence, working in history and bringing together a series of contingent—might have been different—events and human decisions to bring about a definite outcome. Let us look at the Edsa 1986 event and some of the happenings and decisions that led to it.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Back to Edsa

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It was the first time the Edsa celebration was held outside Edsa, and the idea was inspired.

Posted: February 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Edsa’s grandchildren

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When the “Edsa Generation” moves on—to inevitable death or to forgetfulness—who will do the remembering?

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Behind the ‘miracle’ of Edsa

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In the months following the overthrow of the Marcos regime in February 1986, Filipinos greeted the air of freedom with a euphoric sigh of relief. The word “miracle” was on everybody’s lips. This was a way of making sense of a series of events that could have easily taken a different turn—what sociologists call a “formula for contingency.”

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Twenty-eight years later

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“Are you the gentleman who wants to help me talk to the world about People Power?” This was the only thing Eggie Apostol wanted to know when she asked me to work for her at the Foundation for Worldwide People Power.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What is happening at the DOTC/LTO?

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The Department of Public Works and Highways has announced several roadworks and repairs on Edsa for at least a couple of years, so expect that part of Metro Manila will be hell on earth in terms of traffic jams.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Swimming upstream

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The Metro Manila Development Authority has an interesting concept—to allow “counterflow” on Edsa at different hours of the day.

Posted: June 25th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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