We took the 8PM bus schedule to Laoag from the Partas Cubao Terminal located at Aurora Boulevard. Buses leave every hour (starting at 8PM-12MN) so you don’t have to worry in case you miss your preferred schedule. I must say, I was surprised that they really leave on time.
- From the Cubao MRT, take the stairs opposite the Farmer’s Market Plaza. You have an option to hire a tricycle or take a 5-10 minutes walk (depending on your pace, of course) to the terminal. Since I grew up in Cubao, I know this area to be notorious; so be aware of your surroundings and your belongings and walk fast. I suggest you go towards Aurora Boulevard because it’s well-lighted compared to the shorter route via an alley right below the Cubao MRT.
- Have your dinner before proceeding to the terminal because there’s no fast food chain within their vicinity (only girly bars 😉 ) but they do have their cafeteria should you get really hungry.
Travel time is approximately 10 hours including 2 stopovers before you reach Laoag. In our case, it only took 9.5 hours.
ETD Manila: 8:00PM
ETA Laoag: 5:30AM
Fare: Php917 (Deluxe)
It was during our stopover that I bumped into two of my professors from college; they were on their way to visit St. Paul University in Vigan (I studied at the Quezon City campus). They look like they haven’t aged at all. I swear! And because we chatted like anything, I forgot to snap us a photo. So here’s a shoutout to them: Hola! Ms. Elsa Hufano (who looks prettier with her straight hair) and Ms. Lolit Albit (who looks just as charming with her dark brown-dyed hair)! And yes, we call our professors “Miss” and we say it in our infamous kolehiyala accent; “Ma’am” for us is really unheard of. I had to learn and get used to it in the workplace because at one point, I called my boss “Miss”. Good thing she didn’t feel weird because she came from an all-girls school as well. 😀
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