Monday, December 31, 2012

The perils of driving in C5 (Taguig portion)

In June 2012, Rappler filmed a documentary on the street kids in the Taguig portion of C5. It was entitled Hamog and featured "Peter", the leader of "C5's gang of street thieves". It's worth watching:

I remember this video everytime I pass by the Taguig portion of C5 (from Market! Market! to Heritage to SLEX/East Service Road exit and back), the only stretch:

  • which is not well lighted, compared to the Quezon City and Pasig portions;
  • where people cross the 8-10 lane highway completely oblivious to the dangers they pose to themselves and the cars which traverse the route (for the uninitiated, be careful near Market! Market!, McKinley/Shell area, Diego Silang and after Heritage);
  • which is not covered by the MMDA Navigator App for iOS or Android or the Traffic Navigator which begin or end at Market! Market! You are then left to the mercy of Taguig's official twitter account (@iLoveTaguig1) which gives sporadic updates at best; and
  • where jeepneys occupy 3 lanes (at Diego Silang and Palar areas) during rush hour.
It's like the wild, wild West out there and the Taguig LGU and its Traffic Management Office (yes, it actually has one kahit hindi halata) seem powerless or incapable of finding a solution.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Chef Tatung at Acacia Estates

Chef Tatung recently opened a restaurant inside Acacia Estates. 

When I went there it was still on "soft opening", so there were some delays in the preparation of the dishes we ordered. It should be much better now. What is undeniable is that the food was great. Here are some pictures I took of the experience.

 Here is the Slow Roasted Lechon which is really good:

 Below is the Chef Tatung fried rice:

And for dessert, we had the Halu-halo which had fresh fruits:

I'm no foodie so here are more reviews of the restaurant from the experts at, Hefty Foodie and the Peach Kitchen (with nicer pics to boot). Google and you'll find many other reviews :) 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Lawton Ave.'s (barely visible) traffic light

After many years, and due largely (I suspect)  to the (infamous) McKinley Hill or the nearby Piazza, Lawton Ave. now has a stoplight. It's one of those new models, which has a counter to tell motorists how long they have to wait until the light changes.

Unfortunately, however, the counter can barely be seen as it is covered by branches of a nearby tree. 

It appears that Taguig's Traffic Management Office is too busy to trim some branches in order to fully maximize its state of the art traffic light in Lawton Ave. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cayetano Boulevard (formerly Levi Mariano Ave.)

Cayetano Boulevard's (formerly Levi Mariano Ave.) "extension" has now been opened, making Camella's Pacific Residences and other nearby developments more accessible to C-5. I wonder where the road leads to?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

What's inside Puregold Taguig

As an update to an earlier post, I went back to Puregold Taguig a few days ago to see what's inside.

There's parking at the back with ample parking space.

The grocery is located in the 2nd floor and it's got about 20 counters.

 There's even a CDR-King branch :)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Murals in Palar

According to Wikipedia, a mural is "any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other large permanent surface." 

I don't know of any famous mural in Metro Manila, apart from MMDA Art which one can see in EDSA and other major thoroughfares. There is, however, a place in Taguig, called PALAR Village, which has some interesting murals. I just learned from Google today that PALAR stands for Philippine Army Light Armor Regiment. It's a parcel of land, supposedly awarded to (or being claimed by) active and retired soldiers,  near Megaworld's McKinley Hill development.

If you're traversing C-5 coming from Market! Market! and wish to go to Taguig City Hall, Acacia Estates, Puregold Taguig or Hafele's head office and main warehouse, you need to pass through an underpass to get from one side of Taguig  (where Fort Bonifacio is) to the other, not-so-famous side of Taguig. One way to do so, is to take the service road after McKinley Hill.  In the course thereof, you will pass by Palar where you will see a small police outpost, the Palar market and before you turn left at an underpass. The Taguig LGU recently spruced up this underpass with giant murals. May I say that it is a marked improvement from the once dark and dirty underpass.

I have yet to find out if there is any special significance on the drawings depicted in the murals. In the meantime, check out Taguig's official Facebook page for more pictures.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

4 new fire stations planned

According to this report in the Manila Bulletin, Taguig is looking into building 4 new fire stations to be located in the following areas:

1. Global City;
2. Lawton Ave., the boundary between Taguig and Makati;
3. Brgy. Tuktukan, near where City Hall is located; and
4. Camp Bagong Diwa.

That's 3 new stations outside of Fort Bonifacio! I hope this plan pushes through.

The central fire station for Taguig is apparently located inside the FTI Complex.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Paying Real Property Taxes in Taguig

Under Section 232 of R.A. No. 7160 or the Local Government Code, “[a] province or city or a municipality within the Metropolitan Manila Area my levy an annual ad valorem tax on real property such as land, building, machinery, and other improvement not hereinafter specifically exempted.” Normally, each year's real property taxes or RPT fall due on the first day of January.

However, Section 251 of R.A. No. 7160  provides:

Sec. 251. Tax Discount for Advanced Prompt Payment.- If the basic real property tax and the additional tax accruing to the Special Education Fund (SEF) are paid in advance in accordance with the prescribed schedule of payment as provided under Section 250, the sanggunian concerned may grant a discount not exceeding twenty percent (20%) of the annual tax due. (Emphasis supplied)
With this in mind, I resolved to pay my RPT for 2012 last December 2011 to avail of the 20% discount.

I went to the Taguig City Hall and found that the Assessor's Office is at the ground floor, very near the main entrance. Prepared for the worst, I was pleasantly surprised by how fast the process took.

First, I went through Step 1, when a taxpayer's property is identified via a Tax Declaration.

And then, I proceeded to Step 2, where I was given the computation for the real property taxes I had to pay for 2012, with a 20% discount.

Step 3 was for payment. The cashier accepts cash and personal checks. If you pay using the latter, however, you will not get your receipt immediately. Instead, you will come back after a few days (presumably, after the check clears). There are at least 2 ATMs outside the Taguig City Hall, one of which (Land Bank), is right inside the compound.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Now Open: Puregold Taguig

I was in the area before a few days before Christmas day and noticed that Puregold Taguig is now open.

This is good news for Taguig residents, as it gives us one more alternative (apart from Parco Supermarket) to Metro Gaisano's grocery in Market! Market!

Based on Puregold's Facebook page, Puregold Taguig is its 100th store and is a 3-storey structure with a supermarket, department store, fast food restaurants and ample parking area.

Some of the establishments I've seen so far are Mang Inasal.

And a Metrobank branch.

More pics to come when I visit next.

(Note: Puregold Taguig is located right beside the Taguig City Hall, along Gen. Luna Street, which is probably the busiest, most-traffic street in the non-Fort Boni part of Taguig).