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Pope Francis

While Roman Catholic devotees are looking forward to Pope Francis's visit, some are afraid of getting stuck in Metro Manila gridlock. Thankfully, the government is doing its job in helping manage traffic from January 15 to 19, as it releases an advisory on closed roads, alternate routes and parking areas on said dates.

Whether you want to avoid the traffic jam or catch a glimpse of the Pope, we hope you've bookmarked our story on Pope Francis's official itinerary. For further information, the official website of the Philippine government has also released its traffic advisory, safety reminders and LRT operations schedule during the Pontiff's visit.

Here now are the traffic/parking advisory from gov.ph. Note that all alternate routes set will also be blocked from public traffic. According to said advisory, all parked vehicles along the ceremonial routes will be towed.

January 15 closed roads
The Pope's 3pm primary route
(from Villamor Air Base to Apostolic Nunciature)
5pm alternate route
* Villamor Air Base Gate 5
* Andrews Avenue to Airport Road
* Domestic Road
* NAIA Road
* Roxas Boulevard
* Right Turn to Quirino Avenue
* Taft Avenue to the Apostolic Nunciature
* Villamor Air Base Gate 5
* Sales Bridge to SLEX
* SLEX to Magallanes
* Osmeña Highway
* Quirino Avenue
* Taft Avenue to the Apostolic Nunciature
January 16 closed roads
The Pope's 6am primary route
(from Apostolic Nunciature to Malacañang)
8am alternate route
* Taft Avenue
* Quirino Avenue to Nagtahan
* J.P. Laurel Street to Malacañang
* Taft Avenue
* Left to Quirino Avenue
* Right turn to Roxas Boulevard
* P. Burgos Avenue to Finance Road to Ayala Boulevard to P. Casal Street
* Gen. Solano Street to Malacañang
The Pope's 8am primary route
(from Malacañang to Manila Cathedral)
9:30am alternate route
* Gen. Solano Street
* P. Casal Street to Ayala Bridge to Ayala Boulevard to Finance Road
* P. Burgos Avenue
* Bonifacio Drive to Anda Circle
* Andres Soriano Jr. Avenue to Manila Cathedral
* J.P. Laurel Street
* Nagtahan Bridge
* Guazon Avenue to UN Avenue
* Maria Orosa Avenue to Finance Road to General Luna Street to Manila Cathedral
The Pope's 10am primary route
(from Manila Cathedral to Apostolic Nunciature)
12pm alternate route
* General Solano Street
* Soriano Avenue
* Anda Circle
* Bonifacio Drive
* Roxas Boulevard
* Quirino Avenue
* Taft Avenue
* Apostolic Nunciature
* General Luna Street
* P. Burgos Avenue
* Finance Road
* Taft Avenue
* Apostolic Nunciature
The Pope's 2pm route up to Macapagal
(from Apostolic Nunciature to SM MOA Arena)
4pm alternate route
* Taft Avenue toward Quirino Avenue
* Quirino Avenue
* Roxas Boulevard
* EDSA Extension
* EDSA
* J.W. Diokno Boulevard
* Taft Venue toward Quirino Avenue
* P. Ocampo St. to Bukaneg Street
* J.W. Diokno Boulevard to SM MOA Arena
January 17 closed roads
The Pope's 4:30am primary route
(from Apostolic Nunciature to Villamor Air Base)
6am alternate route
* Taft Avenue
* Quirino Avenue
* Osmeña Highway
* SLEX to Magallanes
* SLEX to Sales Bridge
* Villamor Air Base Gate 5
* Taft Avenue to Villamor Airbase
* Quirino Avenue
* Roxas Boulevard
* NAIA Road
* Domestic Road
* Andrews Avenue
* Villamor Air Base Gate 5
The Pope's 3pm primary route
(from Villamor Air Base to Apostolic Nunciature)
5pm alternate route
* Sales Bridge onto Skyway Ramp
* Osmeña Highway
* Quirino Avenue
* Taft Avenue to the Apostolic Nunciature
* ViIlamor Air Base Gate 5
* Airport Road to Andrews Avenue
* Domestic Road
* NAIA Road
* Roxas Boulevard
* Quirino Avenue
* Taft Avenue to Apostolic Nunciature
January 18 closed roads
The Pope's 6:30am primary route
(from Apostolic Nunciature to UST)
8:30am alternate route
* Taft Avenue
* Quirino Avenue to Nagtahan to Lacson Avenue
* España Boulevard to UST Gate
* Taft Avenue
* Quezon Bridge to Quezon Boulevard
* Lerma St. to España Boulevard to UST
The Pope's 10:30 am primary route
(from Apostolic Nunciature to Luneta)
1:30pm alternate route
* Taft Avenue left turn to Quirino Avenue
* Roxas Boulevard
* Kalaw Avenue
* Maria Orosa Avenue
* P. Burgos Avenue
* Roxas Boulevard
* South Drive to Ocean Park entrance going to the back of Quirino Grandstand
* Taft Avenue
* UN Avenue to Maria Orosa Avenue
* P. Burgos Avenue
* Roxas Boulevard
* South Drive to Ocean Park entrance going to the back of Quirino Grandstand
January 19 closed roads
The Pope's 6am primary route
(from Apostolic Nunciature to Villamor Air Base)
8am alternate route
* Taft Avenue
* Quirino Avenue
* Roxas Boulevard
* NAIA Road
* Domestic Road
* Airport Road to Andrews Avenue
* Villamor Air Base Gate 5
* Taft Avenue
* Quirino Avenue
* Osmeña Highway
* SLEX to Magallanes
* SLEX to Sales Bridge
* Villamor Air Base Gate 5

If you'd like to know the areas where you can park your car during the Pope's visit, here is your detailed guide.

Date Event Parking areas Converging points for
well-wishers
January 15 Pope's arrival * MOA
* Resorts World
* NAIA Terminal 3 Parking Space
* Rizal Memorial Stadium
* Harrison Plaza
* CCP Complex
* Pagcor
* Along Andrews Avenue
* Circulo Del Mundo
* Along Airport Road
* Along Domestic Road
* Along NAIA Road
* Along Roxas Boulevard
* Along Quirino
* Along Taft Avenue
January 16 Apostolic Nunciature to Malacañang * None * Along Taft Avenue
* Along Quirino Avenue
* Nagtahan
* Along J.P. Laurel Street
Malacañang to Manila Cathedral * Drop off Points (4 hours before closure)
* Arlegui Street
* Nepomuceno Street
* Gen. Solano Street
* Nicanor Padilla Street
* SM Manila (Aroceros)
* Park 'n' Ride Lawton
* Manila Post Office
* Intramuros Area
* Along Jose Laurel Street
* Along Gen. Solano Street
* Along Casal Street
* Along P. Burgos Avenue
* Along Bonifacio Drive
* Anda Circle
* Soriano Avenue
Apostolic Nunciature to
SM MOA Arena
* Drop off Points (4 hours before closure)
* J.W. Diokno Boulevard
* Seaside Boulevard
* SM MOA parking space
* Rizal Memorial Stadium
* Harrison Plaza
* Manila Zoo
* CCP Complex
* EDSA
* Along Globe Rotunda
* Along J.W. Diokno Boulevard
* Along Along Marina  Way
* Along Coral Way
* Along Pacific Drive
* Roxas Boulevard
* P. Quirino Avenue
* Taft Avenue

Top photo from Vatican Communication's Twitter account

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