Expecting a hectic conference schedule, I purposefully left home early, that’s 7AM, to make it to Marikina without harassing myself. Surprisingly, the drive to this town city from Paranaque went very smooth except for the slight traffic along the Skyway construction area along South Expressway.
C-5 Road was a breeze. Now I realized how helpful the elevated U-Turn interchange is in easing the traffic situation at the C5-Kalayaan intersection, however horrible it looks, aesthetically speaking.
I reached Marikina Riverbanks at exactly 8AM. Having arrived early, I parked my car and took a stroll at the Riverbanks, taking some photos along the way.
One can easily see the marked improvement in Marikina. It was clean, green and pink! A lot of people are walking or jogging along the paved riverbanks. I noticed a bike station for rental bicycles but there were no takers. I guess the kids are still asleep in this part of the world. :)
On my way to the Marikina Convention Center, I stopped momentarily at the Marikina Sports Center. It was a wide open space ideal for soccer and baseball. Next to it is another open space with a nice water fountain, and an arch inscribed with the great Marikina values: Discipline, Good Taste and Excellence.
As I re-traced my way back to the main road, I noticed a free car wash service sponsored by the local government, cleverly named Marikina Carwash Free or MCF, which coincidentally stands for the chief executive’s initals. Talk about good taste.
Street signs abound in Marikina. It is a thoughtful gesture for motorists and visitors, to be guided by helpful street signs telling one not only of the street names but also of what lies ahead of the road. Although not yet reflectorized to be visible at night, these street signs made it easier for me to find my way.
But there are also unhelpful signs in the streets of Marikina. These are clutter that distracts the motorists’ view and provide no visible benefit but to be a perpetual reminder of who runs the city. I was talking about the MCF signs that are posted in electric posts all around Marikina. Sayang!