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The 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit will be taking place from today until Saturday, and unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know our country will be hosting it. While April 28 has already been declared a special non-working holiday, if you plan on heading out over the course of the event, be sure to take note of the following Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) advisories:

* The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) complex will be an ASEAN delegates zone.

* Number coding will be lifted in Metro Manila on April 28, except for Makati and Las Piñas.

* Expect heavy traffic along W. Diokno Boulevard, Jalandoni Street, V. Sotto Street, Bukaneg Street, A. dela Rama Street, Arnaiz Avenue, Makati Avenue, Parkway Drive and the surrounding areas. The aforementioned roads are designated ASEAN lanes and motorists are advised to take alternate routes.

* Alternate route for Roxas Boulevard (Northbound): Motorists are advised to turn right at Roxas Boulevard to EDSA, Arnaiz Avenue or Buendia, followed by a left turn at Taft Avenue before proceeding through UN Avenue or Finance Road to their destination.

* Alternate route for Roxas Boulevard (Southbound): Motorists should make a left at Roxas Boulevard to P. Burgos, Kalaw or UN Avenue, followed by a right turn at avenue towards Buendia or EDSA. Make a left back toward Roxas Boulevard and proceed toward destination.

* During lockdown, all vehicles exiting Paseo towards Arnaiz Avenue must turn right to Benavidez Street (counterflow), followed by a right turn to Trasierra, a left to Gamboa, then a right to Rufino all the way to Pasong Tamo/Javier. Alternatively, vehicles may make a U-turn to Amorsolo or Rufino, followed by a right to Fernando toward their destination.

* If Esperanza Street becomes saturated during lockdown, all vehicles shall take Paseo and make a right to Ayala Boulevard towards EDSA.


* On April 27 and 28, trucks with a gross weight capacity of 4,500kg and above will be rerouted. For trucks coming from the Southern Route, take Bonifacio Drive, make a left at P. Burgos, Finance Road, Ayala Boulevard, right at San Marcelino, left to Quirino Avenue then right at South Super Highway. Those coming from the Northern Route must take the South Super Highway, then right to Quirino Avenue, left at Plaza Dilao, right to Quirino Avenue Extension, left at United Nations Avenue, right at Romualdez Street, left at Ayala Boulevard, Finance Road, P. Burgos, then right at Bonifacio Drive to the Port Area.

We've redone the maps provided by the MMDA and posted them below. Good luck out there.


Drei Laurel
Staff Writer
Drei's passion for driving began not behind the wheel of a car, but in front of a keyboard and computer screen, playing 'Need For Speed' for hours on end with his twin brother.
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