"Mass transit system in Manila: MRT 3 (part 2)" Manila Transportation Tip by Tijavi
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Shaw - easily accessible to Shangri-La mall (high-end shopping) and to Ortigas Center - MM's 2nd business district where the Asian Devt Bank (ADB) and San Miguel (F&B company) have their headquarters.
Ortigas - gateway to shopping paradise of SM Megamall and Robinsons Galleria - huge shopping malls all. Be careful, though, as the sidewalk here is narrow and you might be sideswept by speeding buses and cars.
Santolan - takes you to two military camps - Camps Aguinaldo and Crame, and to Greenhills shopping area-the best place to get your tech gadgets and mobile phones and DVDs, VCDs.
Cubao - get off this station if you want to go to Araneta Center - another commercial (read: shopping) area - Gateway mall (one of Manila's newest malls), Ali Mall (yes, named after the boxing legend), and Araneta Coliseum, favorite venue for concerts, basketball games, and, (brace yourself) cockfights!
GMA Kamuning - takes you to the main office of GMA, a major TV station.
Quezon - get off here if you want to visit the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines, the Quezon Memorial Circle, among others.
North - the end of the line (although plans are afoot to extend the line up to Monumento, Caloocan City and interconnect it with the northern end of LRT 1), takes you to SM City, SM's first shopping mall built during the crisis years of the 1980s.
Fare: MRT 3 is the cheapest way to go around Metro Manila, you pay only 9.50 pesos for a trip to the next station, and add 0.50 for every succeeding station. Total fare for the entire trip is 15 pesos.
Tip: If you intend to use the system more than once, better get stored value cards at 100 pesos each. You avoid queuing up every time you take the system and cheaper in the sense that they go by the "last ride bonus" system where you don't have to pay the difference between the actual fare and the remaining credit in your stored value card.
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