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Metro Manila Trivia

10:03 pm PHT

Did you know…

  • …that the highest waterfall (I think) in the Metro is the nonpersistent C-5 Waterfalls? You can see it pouring onto the southbound lane of C-5 near the Kalayaan Ave. intersection, but only in heavy downpour.

  • …that there is a gigantic 20-meter high sphere at the end of EDSA extension in Pasay, in front of the soon-to-be completed SM Mall of Asia? I believe this is the largest sphere in the Philippines. The sphere seems to be complete, but I don’t know if further decorations will be added to make it less bare, like the Unisphere in New York.

  • …that the largest circular road in the Metro is Katipunan Circle in Fort Bonifacio? The second largest is Liwasang Kalayaan in Marikina and in third place is Maysilo in Mandaluyong. Quezon Memorial Circle does not count since it is elliptical, hence Elliptical Road. I’m not sure if the circular path at the Libingan ng mga Bayani counts as a road, though; it would be the third largest, if ever. Also, the largest rotunda in the Metro (where rotunda is defined as a circular road with no roads inside) is Bonifacio Circle, again, in Fort Bonifacio.

  • …that the crawling vines you see scattered around the Metro, especially along the sides of MRT is the Cadena de Amor, the official flower of Metro Manila? You can identify the plant by the small labels attached to them.

  • …that there are three places in the Metro where there are four levels of transportation routes stacked on top of each other? Those are the Magallanes Interchange, Shaw Blvd. cor. EDSA, and Aurora Blvd. cor. EDSA. In Magallanes, the first level is the northbound South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), the second level is the southbound SLEX, the third level is EDSA, while the fourth level is the Skyway. On Shaw, the first level is the EDSA underpass, the second level is the Shaw-EDSA intersection, the third is the MRT, and the fourth is the Shaw flyover. On Aurora, the first level is, again, the EDSA underpass, the second is the Aurora-EDSA intersection, the third is the MRT, and the fourth is Line 2 of the LRT.

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