#SquadGoals: Who of These LRT-1 Barkadas Do You Belong To?
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, June 27, 2019 11:00am
Art by Dani Elevazo
Manila is a beauty in all its chaos, but it gets the best of us when we are stuck in traffic or waiting in line for hours to get a ride. MRT or LRT regulars know this struggle too well that some can associate themselves to MRT stations’ personalities or know the LRT-2 system’s history. Yes, we’re that deep into the commuter life.
Let’s shift our focus to the other train system. The LRT-1 is composed of 20 stations; while each is unique in its own quirky ways, some stations have personas that just click with another. It reminds us of our barkada—we may be different but we always find a common ground. Take a pick from the LRT 1 clusters and see if you can spot your clique in these:
The Bargain Hunters
Baclaran, Balintawak, Bambang, Tayuman
In this economy, looking for cheaper alternatives is second nature. If it’s clothes, giveaways, fresh options, and even medical supplies you are looking for, these stations are your “friends for cheaps.” Trust us, they surely know the value for money (or friendship).
The Overachievers Club
Pedro Gil, United Nations Avenue, Vito Cruz
In every class, there’s always this group of friends who you know will have a group picture on graduation day complete with medals hanging around their necks. That’s Pedro Gil, United Nations, and Vito Cruz in the LRT world. They are all near the country’s well-known schools. You can’t stop these three friends from excelling in academics—these people are most likely bound for success in their respective academic fields.
The ‘Always G’ Gang
Gil Puyat, Central, Monumento, Roosevelt
Whether you’re in the North, South, or somewhere in between, this barkada wouldn’t mind the distance. For them, the farther the destination better as they can have more excuses to explore. These stations are near major terminals, all bound for different stops, but aim one thing: an unforgettable journey.
The ‘Tough Crowd’
Carriedo, Blumentritt, Abad Santos, R. Papa
The other side Manila’s beauty is its never-ending struggles. And to add to that, LRT stations like Carriedo and Blumentritt of Sta. Cruz and Abad Santos and R. Papa of Tondo may feel like the mean girls version of barkadas as they test our patience to a point. But they are proof that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Manila is made for the tough after all.
Doroteo Jose, EDSA
These two are bridges towards different train systems—Doroteo Jose links LRT-1 to LRT-2 while EDSA links LRT-1 to MRT-3. Without these stations, it’d be difficult to transfer to a different line. They appear as “in-betweeners”—Doroteo Jose and EDSA keep the harmony and balance among the neighboring train systems.
The Free Rangers
Libertad, 5th Avenue, Quirino
Unlike others, Libertad and 5th Avenue don’t mind if they belong to a group or not. Both of them love their liberty, not needing to be tied down into any relationships—or friendships for that matter.
No matter how hard life in Manila gets, it would always be easier if you, a Manillennial, have someone at your back—one you can always count and rely on. It’s nice to be friends with those who have the same personality and tastes like yours, but it also wouldn’t hurt to meet other people outside of your circle. Sometimes, they hold the greatest stories. One way or another, you will find similarities with other people—or LRT Stations—you wouldn’t expect you would relate to.
This story is part of our Train Personalities series which covers topics related to the theme. Read the rest of the series here.