Travel

This Free ‘Water Jeepney’ Ride Will Take You from Manila to Cavite in 20 Minutes

Water jeepney offers free rides every day until January 9, 2020.
IMAGE FACEBOOK/Department of Transportation - Philippines
Comments

For many years, we have been complaining about the worsening traffic on EDSA, not realizing that we have a highway that is underused and unnoticed: the Pasig River. This fluvial artery was once a popular transportation route in the 20th century, even described by Jose Rizal in El Filibusterismo when he depicted the Bapor Tabo chugging along the river.

The Department of Tourism (DOTr) is now reviving a modern-day Bapor Tabo of sorts, which it calls the water jeepney. But unlike the Bapor Tabo, the water jeepney is a speedboat that is sleek, fast, and efficient.

DOTr secretary Arthur Tugade announced yesterday the opening of a sea route between Cavite and Manila, which will be serviced by water jeepneys. The route’s terminals are at the Cavite City Port and the Pasig Ferry Station near the Lawton area and Metropolitan Theater in Manila.

Travel time is cut by four hours

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

According to the DOTr, the water jeepney can cut the travel time from Manila to Cavite from four hours to a mere 20 minutes. Currently, only two water jeepneys are operational—the MV Seaborne Mercury, which offers trips to and from Cavite to the CCP at 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 3:30 p.m, and 5:30 p.m., and the MV Island Sabtang, which offers trips to and from Cavite and Liwasang Bonifacio at 5:15 a.m., 5:45 a.m., and 7:45 a.m.

The MV Seaborne Mercury can accommodate 57 passengers, while the MV Island Sabtang can accommodate 27 passengers. The water jeepneys are offering free rides every day until January 9, 2020.

Comments
View More Articles About:
Recommended Videos
About The Author
Mario Alvaro Limos
Features Editor
View Other Articles From Mario
Comments
Latest Feed
 
Share
Did you also fall for one of these predictions?
 
Share
Tourists escape crater lake minutes before its eruption as seen in this gripping footage.
 
Share
The densely populated NCR is at high risk of spreading polio faster.
 
Share
World Travel: An Irreverent Guide ought to inspire a new generation of wanderers.
 
Share
This, despite recently suffering from oversupply and frostbite.
 
Share
The second season reminds us that sex is about self-acceptance and, most important, normal. 
 
Share
 
Share
One secret agent is said to have actually emerged from the ocean and removed his wetsuit to reveal a tuxedo underneath.
Load More Articles
Connect With Us