Commuters, You May Want to Avoid Roxas Boulevard on These Dates

Unless you want to join the celebrations, of course!


( Since its inception in 2003, the Cultural Center of the Philippines has been hosting a showcase of all the different festivals in the country—Aliwan Fiesta. It is dubbed as "The Mother of All Fiestas" where you can experience more than 20 cultural events in one go, including the Panagbenga Festival (Baguio), Kadayawan Festival (Davao City), and Sinulog Festival (Cebu City). But unless you intend to get stuck in this well-attended celebration, you may have to consider your Manila route from April 23 to 29.


On these dates, Vicente Sotto Street—starting from Roxas Boulevard to Magdalena Jalandoni Street—will be closed to traffic. There will also be alternate routes affecting areas surrounding the Quirino Grandstand and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to make way for the Float Parade and Streetdance Competition on April 28, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.


It may get worse from May 5 (10 p.m.) to May 6 (10 p.m.) as the whole stretch of Roxas Boulevard from Luneta Park to EDSA will be closed to traffic. This is to pave the way for the "Worldwide Walk for Poverty" of local religious group Iglesia ni Kristo. Motorists from Manila, Quezon City, Pasig City, and Makati City are asked to pass through EDSA leading to the Mall of Asia rotunda, and to take Diokno Boulevard. Those coming from the south—Cavite, Las Piñas, and Parañaraque—are also advised to take the Mall of Asia rotunda to enter the CCP Complex.

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