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What EDSA looks like during the 31st ASEAN Summit

In case you haven’t been out on the road the past couple of days

Were you in any of these cars yesterday? PHOTO BY FRANK SCHUENGEL

If you’re one of the smart people who left Metro Manila to enjoy the special 31st ASEAN Summit holidays away from the city, then you might be wondering how it all panned out when dignitaries from all over Asia and further afield arrived in the country over the weekend. Here’s a glimpse of how it all went down along EDSA yesterday.

The EDSA Makati Interchange was one of the areas where the MMDA operated its stop-and-go scheme to allow motorcades to drive to whatever hotel heads of states would be staying in. Upon receiving a signal that a motorcade was nearing, MMDA officers would stop all traffic on EDSA and clear the road.

Don't you wish EDSA were like this every day? PHOTO BY FRANK SCHUENGEL

The very important visitor—in this case, Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak—would then take the off-ramp and go down Ayala Avenue to his hotel.

Rolling out the red carpet for some of the world's most powerful individuals. PHOTO BY FRANK SCHUENGEL

Once the motorcade had passed, traffic was allowed to flow again.

Ah, the joy of being ordinary citizens. PHOTO BY FRANK SCHUENGEL

Here’s traffic building up along EDSA during the stop phases.

Overheating comes to those who wait. PHOTOS BY FRANK SCHUENGEL

No waiting if you’re a head of state, of course. You can just whiz by in your BMW limousine.

It's like being stuck in the same entry-level position while your peers have all been promoted. PHOTO BY FRANK SCHUENGEL

Many motorists seemed to have steered clear of EDSA, as there were noticeably fewer cars yesterday compared to Saturday’s Carmageddon, when everyone was rushing to leave the city. Some areas did experience congestion, especially where stop-and-go zones were being used in conjunction with the special ASEAN lanes, but the further down we went EDSA during the afternoon, the fewer cars seemed to be stopped and traffic was flowing okay.

Here’s another stop-and-go area, making EDSA look like the set of 28 Days Later.

We can stare at this picture all day. PHOTO BY FRANK SCHUENGEL

This time, it was for Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.

If you squint and gaze hard enough, you'll see a heartthrob inside that car. PHOTO BY FRANK SCHUENGEL

Even street sweepers had been enlisted to help manage the flow of traffic. They were there to help secure the bus stops, and they took their task very seriously. Thanks to them, VVIPs like Thailand prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha were able to pass without incident.

There are many unsung heroes along EDSA this week. PHOTOS BY FRANK SCHUENGEL

There was no need to do a Maria Isabel Lopez, as traffic seemed manageable through most of the afternoon.

What a long holiday break does to EDSA. PHOTO BY FRANK SCHUENGEL

Of course, the ASEAN Summit isn’t over yet. For now, just try to avoid EDSA and take advantage of the extra days off.

Frank Schuengel

Frank is a German e-commerce executive who loves his wife, a Filipina, so much he decided to base himself in Manila. He has interesting thoughts on Philippine motoring. He writes the aptly named ‘Frankly’ column.