No U-Turn at C-5; Let’s Go to the 28th MIBF

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While everyone (myself included) is going gaga over the 28th Manila International Book Fair this August 29 to September 2, others (myself included) are muttering the same word -though you’d have to replace the last letter with an o– as the adjective with which they would describe MMDA Chair Bayani Fernando after his latest implemented rule.

No more U-turn slots along C-5.

Whether you’re coming from Greenmeadows Avenue or from Santolan, you’re going to have to go all the way to the corner of Ortigas Avenue, under the flyover, to arrive at your C-5 destination (Eastwood City for most) – that is, if the place happens to be on the other side of the road. The result of this, as I’ve observed during the several times I had to go to City Walk last week, can be severe symptoms of road rage – for motorists, public utility vehicle drivers, pedestrians, commuters, call center employees, and (allegedly) Fernando’s own wife. (If you click on the link to this ABS-CBN Interactive story, you’ll enjoy a bit of whimsy about the MMDA Chair noting aloud that the turn is “malayo pala.”)

I am reserving further comment – at least until this and next week. Anyway I’ll be joining the rest of the Manilenyos at the World Trade Center for the book fair, far away from the congestion at C-5. (By the way, the wonderful and groundbreaking digest, Philippine Genre Stories, will be making its third issue available at the Anvil Publishing Booth.)

Happy reading and see you there!

2 Comments so far

  1. Eugene (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 2:15 am

    I agree with those U-turn slots! I hope the traffic experiment will be done. (MMDA is fond of doing traffic experiments to see which schemes make for better traffic flow, to the consternation of the motorists.)


  2. Migs (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

    I concur. Someone is playing with experiments. That’s what this is more than anything else: an experiment.

    Cheers! :)



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