Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
I'm a bit late on this thread.
I was stationed at Cubi Point from '76 to '79. I rode a bike for much of that time. I can tell you that it was DANGEROUS. The rule of the road is that the bigger vehicle has the right of way. Once, while riding the Zig-zag, I rode around a blind curve and met 2 Victory Liners and a Philippine Rabbit heading in the opposite direction, while passing each other. There was no shoulder and I had a cliff on my side. I still have no idea how I survived. I lost 3 friends on the Zig-zag, two being a married couple. I lost another friend on the Angeles highway.
While riding in Bataan to the Corregidor Memorial, I crested a hill and nearly hit a large pile of rocks that somebody placed in the center of the lane, apparently because their vehicle broke down. This was on the equivalent of a freeway
I love the Philippines and the Filipino people. I was married to one. But they have no notion of safety. Licenses are not required and people drive the way they want. I strongly recommend that you avoid riding while there. Public transportation is readily available and cheap.
All this happened decades ago, but I have had family members visit recently and they told me it is still the same. Whatever you do, avoid riding in any of the big cities. It is unbelievably bad.
Enjoy your visit. It really is a beautiful country.
Local San Miguel is better tasting than the imported stuff you get here but you do get the San Magoo shi**. Tanduay is fantastic tasting rum. Stay away from White Castle. Walap nang hangover? BS! You will regret even a few drinks.
Wish I was there with you!
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