Jeepney Diaries: Intramuros Loop (Colorums in Manila City Hall)

“Colorum” jeepneys are now a trend in some parts of Manila, and some other cities as well. You can see them along familiar places in that city, notably Escolta in Sta. Cruz & beside the underpass near the City Hall.

In my previous blog, I encountered registered jeepneys, which usually travel from Sta. Cruz to Pier 15, & their drivers’ knowledge about colorum jeepneys in that area. In this blog, I’ll talk about my encounter on colorum jeeps that drive around Intramuros with an unauthorized route City Hall-Pier 15.

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Divisoria – Baclaran: PYG 803
This veteran driver travels around Intramuros during Noon & Afternoons. He never travels to Baclaran nor Divisoria because it’s too far for him to travel to and of his body condition, since he’s already old. Though he travels back to Divisoria as his last trip before evening strikes. He never travels during evenings because he has a problem with his eyesight, he feels dizzy with the street lights. Because of this, another driver younger than him takes his place to travel the full route.

An incident happened upon reaching the gas station near the entrance to Intramuros. The driver was making his signal upon his turn, yet a tricycle driver thought he was blocking his way. From this point, tension grew from the youngster. Though the veteran apologized to him he still was mad at him. This is one etiquette drivers should know. Make way to vehicles, even if there’s no signal to remind them.

Divisoria – Baclaran: TBY 822
This veteran driver never travels to Baclaran nor Divisoria because it’s traffic along the way, since he’s already old. When he was young, he used to travel a full route. In some days, he uses this jeep to travel around Intramuros. In some days, another driver uses this jeep to travel the full route every other day.

Divisoria – Kalaw: NYK 120
This driver never travels to Kalaw/City Hall nor Divisoria because it’s traffic along Divisoria (even though it isn’t that traffic). He even told me some street knowledge in that kind of place. When there are traffic enforcers watching along Plaza San Lorenzo, traffic there is light. But when there aren’t, traffic there is heavy.

Blumentritt – Libertad: NWF 763
This driver considers his jeep as a “colorum”. He travels wherever he wants, just to get a lot of passengers & earn money. He never travels to Libertad because it’s too far for him &, surprisingly, he even doesn’t know that place. He usually travels around Intramuros. Sometimes, he travels to Pedro Gil from Blumentritt/Sta. Cruz.

Divisoria – Baclaran: TFN 174
This driver never travels to Baclaran nor Divisoria because it’s traffic along Divisoria (even though it isn’t that traffic) and there are traffic enforcers watching along Plaza San Lorenzo. He would often join this group because they could escape from traffic enforcers.

Divisoria – Baclaran:
There’s 1 more I haven’t encountered yet. So, I’ll update about this sooner.

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Here’s what I learned from these drivers, to wrap things up. Some drivers tend to use this unauthorized route because:
*They want to escape from getting caught by traffic enforcers, who usually guard places within their assigned path.
*Some of them experience body aching from driving too much. Hence, they know what’s right for them.
*Traffic enforcers are one of the reasons why a lot of jeepneys (mostly colorum) avoid passing by a particular place.
*Traffic in a particular part of the road is heavy. From this, drivers would lose time & earn little money.

In 2 months, I’ll be posting about my encounter on jeepneys which usually travel from Divisoria to City Hall/Pedro Gil. More of these to come soon…

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