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Since we wrote the Commuter's Guide, we were introduced to this website, Sakay.ph, which is a project originally built as an entry to the Philippine Transit App Challenge (PTAC), where it won the Open Community Award.

We tested it using Bonifacio Technology Center at 31st Street as the destination and Kamuning in Quezon City as the origin, and found the website to be fast, very user-friendly and accurate.

After you input the destination and origin, it supplies you with a set of alternative ways to get to your destination. Each alternative route is color-coded, like blue, orange and maroon.  The destination and origin can easily be changed, either by using the right click of the mouse, or the text boxes provided.

Each route is broken down by components such as first by bus, then on foot, and each component can be clicked to show details. For example, for the blue route shown above, it shows three alternative routes, one by using mainly MRT, and the other two by buses. For the first alternative, it will involve the user walking first, and then taking MRT, and after that walking again, altogether there are three components.

Walking path is shown in dots on the map, and it aligns well with the map. The route of trains and vehicles, on the other hand, may be out of place slightly. The above map shows the walking path from Buendia MRT station to our destination, Bonifacio Technology Center.


The above image shows a different route, the orange route, which requires the user to walk after getting off a bus at Estrella Flyover in Makati City.

Since Sakay.ph is both a website and an app, as long as you have internet connection you can make use of their service. Alternatively, you can always download and save our article on Commuter's Guide.

TheFortCity.com vs. Sakay.ph

Does this mean that our Commuter's Guide is now obsolete? Sakay.ph has a lot of advantages, such as interactiveness and visual appeal, and can be used for any place in the Philippines. But local and personal knowledge that is possessed by theFortCity.com still has something to offer. If you are coming from Manila, for example, we include a route that uses the railway, PNR, and another one with LRT. Based on personal experience, the route with PNR is considered best. These are not included in Sakay.ph.  For going to McKinley Hill, Sakay.ph does not cover Citylink buses.

So, yes, Sakay.ph is a very good tool, but local knowledge like those used in our Commuter's Guide still can provide additional information.

We welcome your input if you spot other apps that can help you to commute to the Fort, or you have ways to reach a destination in the Fort that we do not know about yet.



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