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Crazy Acts Amid Holy Week Traffic Carmageddon In The Philippines


Filipinos crazy acts amid holy week traffic Carmageddon in the Philippines. Holy Week in the Philippines is a time of great religious significance, as well as an opportunity for people to take a much-needed break from their daily routines.

However, this year’s extended holiday weekend also meant an exodus of people from Metro Manila, leading to heavy traffic across major expressways.

Carmageddon On Holy Week - Filipinos Get Creative Amid Heavy Traffic

According to reports, the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) recorded an average running speed of 5 kilometers per hour, practically placing the entire road at a standstill. The heavy traffic forced some Filipinos to get creative in order to pass the time.

One group of passengers, for instance, chose to distract themselves from “Carmageddon” by playing badminton in the middle of the road. Meanwhile, another group doing the Visita Iglesia, or visiting seven different churches on Maundy Thursday, chose to partake in the classic Filipino pastime: singing karaoke.

Ilang motorista na nainip sa matinding traffic sa NLEX nag-badminton sa gitna ng kalsada | TV Patrol

One passenger even took photos of a fellow traveler who began doing the prep work for her spring rolls by prying the wrappers apart, after being stuck in traffic for four hours.

While these antics provided some amusement for those involved, others lamented the country’s dire traffic conditions, which only seem to worsen during holidays. “A lot of people are saying that ‘Pinoys are really creative, and it's really more fun in the Philippines.’ Why settle for less if we deserve better? A simple and efficient urban planning and efficiency,” one social media user commented.

Men playing badminton amid traffic, Woman preparing her spring roll wrapper amid traffic
Men playing badminton amid traffic, Woman preparing her spring roll wrapper amid traffic

Indeed, the problem of traffic congestion is not unique to the Philippines, and it is a problem that continues to plague many major cities around the world.

However, the situation in the Philippines is particularly dire, with many people spending several hours on the road to get to work or school each day. This has led to lost productivity and increased stress levels, as well as negative effects on the environment due to increased air pollution.

As such, there is a pressing need for the government to implement effective solutions to ease traffic congestion and improve the overall quality of life for Filipinos.

This includes investing in infrastructure, such as building more roads, improving public transportation systems, and adopting more sustainable and eco-friendly transportation options.


In conclusion, while the creativity and resilience of Filipinos in the face of traffic congestion is admirable, it is important to recognize that this is not a sustainable or desirable situation.

As a country, we must work together to find long-term solutions that can improve the quality of life for all Filipinos. Only then can we truly enjoy the benefits of an extended holiday weekend without the added stress and frustration of heavy traffic.

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