Inside Manila Small Talk: Which Train Station Are You
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, August 08, 2019 5:25pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
We know the Manila traffic struggle: chasing buses or waiting in line for hours to get on board a PUV or train. Even though we wake up early, it is not enough at times. Our fate depends on how bad the traffic or train breakdowns are. During these times, all we can do is just take a deep breath and accept the fact that we’re late for school or work.
But hey, commute time can also be useful, especially when it comes to observing your environment. Take the train stations for example. Each of them has a different personality, much like people. Here’s Inside Manila’s version of train personalities. Check them out and you might relate to one of them.
We can’t separate the word MRT from breakdowns, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have an edge. All of MRT’s stations have different characters and one would probably suit you. Are you a leader or a traveler? Do you prefer to be professional or chill? You can be more than one of these personalities, fyi.
We would always count on the LRT-2 for a smooth train ride. LRT-2 mostly have students as passengers since it travels across the Manila University Belt. Want a ride from East to West? LRT-2 traverses from Recto station in Manila to Santolan station in Marikina. But more than anything else, in our everyday commute life, we can almost relate ourselves to the everyday things, yes, even to LRT stations.
LRT-1 is composed of 20 stations. Yes, each has different personalities, but some of them click until they form what we call #SquadGoals. Are you one of the Bargain Hunters? Maybe you are part of the Overachievers Club. Or maybe you don’t want to be in a group and decide that being a Free Ranger is the best option.
MRT, LRT-1, and LRT-2 are witnesses to every Manillennial’s commute struggle and their endurance to surpass each one. Get on board on one of these trains and continue your journey. And just a little boost: no matter what your personality is or what circle of friends you have, we salute you for overcoming the Manila traffic.