Cab Drivers of Manila! Part Two! Related some bad experiences with taxi drivers in the Metro Manila area yesterday, and I'm continuing that theme for today. One rainy Saturday this past June while shopping again at the Fairview SM Mega Mall in Novaliches, my Filipina wife and I tried to hail a cab. I stood in the background as my wife tried to get a cab. No luck!
Five piece-of-crap drivers refused to take her to our destination, the Kingston Subdivision in Novaliches, about a thirty minute cab ride! After the third refusal I started shouting at the drivers, making my poor asawa extremely nervous. She was afraid one of the drivers was going to come out and stab me!
As the rain subsided, we decided to cross the street filled with racing jeepneys to catch what is called a FX van that would take us to a tricycle station where we could then get back to my sister-in-law's home. The fare for the FX is only a little over 30 cents (USD) each passenger, and the tricycle's fare is about 60 cents per tricycle, no matter the number of passengers.
Fortunately, my wife's sister, Emily, was able to get us a driver, a reliable neighbor, Boy, who used Emily's van to take us to the Immigration and Visa Office in Manila. His salary was a little over six bucks a day plus gas. I'm sure there are some honest cab drivers in Manila, and as a recent commentator, Tony B., noted, he did find an honest cab company while in Manila and stuck with them. That's a good plan.
Our driver, Boy, while taking us through Manila, pointed out one company that had bright yellow cabs, believe the name of the company was "Sturdy" and said they can be trusted to go on the meter. Also, please take note, that my wife and I, the Kano, were not the only ones snubbed by the cabbies at SM Fairview, many Filipinos were also refused service because they would use an off-meter taxi, either.
So if you are planning a trip to Manila and can arrange a driver or find a reliable cab company, you will save yourself a lot of grief. And check around on the FX and tricycle routes, you could save some money there, too. I would recommend an FX van over a jeepney since the vans have air con. One FX driver even had a small television and had the NBA playoffs on. Thankfully, he turned it off when he started his route!