Last Updated on March 27, 2023 by Lamudi
During the observation of Holy Week this 2023 happening on April 6 (Holy Thursday) to April 9 (Easter Sunday), LRT-1, LRT-2, and MRT-3 will suspend operations. LRTA administrator Hernando Cabrera said they would take advantage of the long weekend and observance of Holy Week to perform the train lines’ yearly maintenance and system upgrades.
The public is encouraged to find alternative ways to travel during this time. Normal operations of these train lines will resume on Monday, April 10, 2023. This is another non-working day in observance of the Araw ng Kagitingan.
Here are the schedules released by the railway operators:
From April 3 to April 5, 2023, the first train will depart at LRT-1’s Baclaran and Roosevelt Stations at 4:30 AM. The last train from Baclaran will leave at 10:00 PM and 10:15 PM from Roosevelt.
LRT-2 will be business as usual until April 2, 2023. On April 5, 2023, though, the LRT-2 will shorten its operating schedule until 7:00 PM. However, this is only for both routes going to Recto and Antipolo Stations.
In an announcement, MRT-3 operations will be suspended during the Holy Week. This is to give way to the annual maintenance activities of the train line. It will resume operations on April 10.
The PNR train line is expected to announce its operations for the incoming Holy Week 2023 observation this week.
Reminders for Commuters
Trains are one of the best and most convenient transportation options in the Philippines. This is especially true for those who want to escape the notorious traffic of Metro Manila. However, to ensure the optimum performance of these trains, giving way for their annual maintenance and upgrade is essential. Thus, it makes sense for the train line authorities to take advantage of the long holiday when most people will be out of the metro to do these check-ups.
If you are going around the metro this Holy Week and long holiday, you can still commute via alternative transport options. You can ride P2P buses, EDSA Carousel, Pasig ferry, buses, jeepneys, tricycles, and taxis to your destination.
Due to the suspension of the train lines, expect that other commuters in Manila will also use the alternative transportation options mentioned above. Since Holy Week is an extended holiday, expect more people to spend the holiday in provinces outside of Metro Manila. Whatever the case, it is essential to exercise patience and courtesy when commuting.
Things to Do During Holy Week 2023 and the Long Holiday
Going on a Visita Iglesia is one of the common ways Filipinos observe the Holy Week. Others choose to spend the holiday in tranquil environments, whether in the metro or provinces, such as parks and museums.
If you want a different getaway outside the metro for Holy Week, consider visiting different caves in the Philippines. You can also visit different islands and beaches in the Philippines to relax and enjoy nature while observing Lent.
Instead of going on trips outside the metro, others choose to do a staycation near their area to relax and spend time with family and friends. The good thing is that there are plenty of staycation rentals in the Philippines offering daily rates. Some of these vacation homes include swimming pools, spacious balconies with amazing views, and easy access to numerous tourist attractions. If you are looking for staycation rentals in the Philippines, check out the numerous properties listed on Lamudi.
Property listings on Lamudi contain the rental price, property details, and photos to help determine if a staycation rental suits your needs and wants. After finding the rental property you want, you can directly contact the owner or their representative to inquire about the property’s availability.
For more tips and advice, check out our previous journals here.
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