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Driving in Bacolod, Philippines: Part 3

Driving Filipino Style – No Fun No Joke No Common Sense I have previously written here and here about my perspective on driving in the Philippines as a foreigner.  I really thought it was “out of my system” and had fully acclimatized to the “different” way of driving and lack of traffic discipline here. Hell! No! I may have acclimatized to driving about Bacolod, the City of Smiles but on the laughably described national highways you would have to be brain-dead to get used to it! My first two posts on this subject went a little viral (20k + readers on Medium for example), certainly here in the Philippines, and were met in some quarters with criticism. “Who the hell is this foreigner telling us what to… Read More

Ceres Bus Liner Drivers On Best Behaviour…..

I recently wrote about driving generally  in Bacolod  here: and  here: I frequently make the drive between Bacolod, where I live, to Canetown, Victorias to visit Zabrina’s family. We passed the spot today where the terrible tragedy happened. There are flowers at the roadside to mark  the spot. And more poignantly two sets of burnt rubber on the highway marking the places where the two bus drivers braked violently. One set of tyre marks clearly showed that one driver was emergency braking whilst also swerving. But the point I really wanted to make is that we, Zabrina. her sister and myself, all remarked on how much improvement there was in the general road behaviour  of the Ceres Bus Liner company. The road today seemed to… Read More

Ceres Buses In Collision – Fatalities

Both me and Zabrina are devastated to learn of the news of two Ceres Liner Buses involved in a collision. Early reports indicate that some passengers have died. The collision took place on the National Highway between Bacolod and Victorias at Saravia at about 7.30 am today Wednesday July 22 2015. Our sympathies and condolences go out to all the families and friends of people affected in this tragedy. It is ironic that in my recently published article DRIVING IN BACOLOD, PHILIPPINES: A FOREIGNER’S PERSPECTIVE ………. that I praised the professionalism of the Ceres bus drivers!! However we must await the full facts of the cause of this terrible crash before we jump to any conclusions. Recriminations, if appropriate, can wait. In the meantime let us… Read More

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