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    Message at the Opening of the Bus Port in Araneta

    13 March 2017 Magandang magandang umaga.

    Siguro po ang pinakamasaya, isa sa pinakamasaya ngayong umaga, ako. Dahil I have seen the evolution of the bus terminal at the Araneta Center since 1982 when I entered college.

    Ewan ko po kung naaalala ninyo pa ang pinakauna naming sinasakyan was the parking lot in front of SM Cubao. Mayroon lang doon na maliit na parang picket booth doon kami dinadaanan ng bus.

    Tapos nalipat siya dito. But this was just an open space and I remember, there was just one restaurant where we can eat. Iyong Dunkin Donuts sa kanto.

    Pag dumating ako ng alas tres o alas kwatro ng umaga galing sa Naga, iyong bilin po sa akin ng tatay ko, huwag akong sasakay ng taxi kapag madilim pa. Kaya doon ako naghihintay ng liwanag.

    Maramig oras ang ginugol ko sa Dunkin Donuts sa kanto. And that terminal went on for a—ito na iyon, this was the very terminal na open noon. The buses were here for a long time.

    Tapos biglang nalipat, nahirapan na kami noong nalipat kasi may mga bus na nasa Shopwise, may mga bus na across EDSA. Sa tapat ng Farmer’s Market. And I’m very glad that finally, we have a world-class bus terminal through this Araneta Center Bus Port.

    Binigyan na ako ni Mr. Araneta ng ticket, hindi ko alam kung tatanggapin siya sa bus (laughs). Pero really this, this, we have gone a long way from where we started before.

    Everyone of you knows that I prefer riding buses and I know the difficulties that every, that every passenger goes through pag naghihintay. Paminsan naghihintay kami doon sa pavement lang, nakaupo kami. Kasi wala nang upuan na hintayan. But really, this will give a lot of comfort, this will make the bus-riding public safer and more comfortable as they wait and alight from their buses.

    So thank you very much to the Araneta Group of Companies for your service to the Filipino people. Magandang umaga po.

    Posted in Speeches on Mar 13, 2017