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Navigating Metro Manila with Appshttp

Even for a native Manileno who is already familiar with the different streets and landmarks of the city, navigating the streets of the metropolis like any capital, could be daunting at times.


Each city in Metro Manila has its own urban map – within each city are streets that are traversed by specific commuter vehicles, and streets that can only be accessed by private cars.


There are still small streets that are not marked and have no signs, so extra attention is needed to know where you are heading too.


However, the power is still in your hands with these apps:



Google Map



Google Maps is still very effective on mobile. However, users must be connected to the internet to access the app in real time. Access to Map’s more unique features, like the 360-degree Street View, is limited though.


Unless you have a decent connection, Maps is as handy as having a tourist map from the bookstore.

  •  FREE
  • Rated 4+
  • Available in multiple languages
  • Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with Android, Blackberry, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Optimised for iPhone 5

Manila street map



Manila Street Map is a highly detailed mobile city map that will help you name even the shortest road in Metro Manila. The app follows a colour code to help users distinguish one road from the next. Additional features include Find Location, Track Location, Find Amenity and others. Users can search by street or place name or by categories (banks, restaurants, parking spaces and others).


  • 2.99 USD
  • Rated 4+
  • Offline capabilities
  • GPS for iPhone
  • Requires iOS 5.0. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Optimised for iPhone 5




Traffic Dito



Traffic Dito makes traffic complaints very useful. It compiles traffic reports around Metro Manila from multiple sources and from Twitter under one application.


A team of Filipino developers designed the app for commuters and drivers alike to get updated on road conditions at all times. Search option makes it easy to check road conditions in specific roads. Aside from a reports stream, Traffic Dito also provides colour coded traffic alerts in a map.

  • FREE
  • Rated 4+
  • Also reports from @TrafficDito for non-iPhone users
  • Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.




MMDA Traffic Navigator



This app gives traffic news straight from the agency in charge of traffic monitoring. MMDA Traffic Navigator is an interactive map that shows the latest traffic conditions along the major roads of Metro Manila, including EDSA, Quezon Avenue, C5 and Roxas Boulevard.


The app uses colour codes to show if traffic conditions are light, moderate or heavy on both lanes. Road accidents and problem areas are also listed, as well as tips how to avoid them.


  • FREE
  • Rated 4+ and most used and trusted by users
  • Available in map or line view
  • Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with Android, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Optimised for iPhone 5.




MRT Trackr, by Michie Ang and Ryan Escarez



For commuters who use the train systems of Metro Manila, MRT Trackr is a tool that lists travel times, destinations and stations for MRT, LRT-1 and LRT-2 passengers.


Crowd levels are also indicated in this app, giving users the power to know how crowded specific stations are. Aside from these, the app also guides the user to the nearest train station in the vicinity and informs users about incidents.


The app is still in open beta testing, but users can already sign up for the app and get tech support in case of issues.

  • FREE during beta stage
  • Share and report system
  • Soon to be available in iOS, Blackberry and Windows Phone
  • Compatible with Android.




Project NOAH, by DOST



Project NOAH is a government-supported research and development project that tracks and maps information regarding the weather, including chance of rainfall and area of effect of monsoon rains.


With this app, users can expect when weather-related traffic might happen. The flood map feature also allows commuters to know which areas of Metro Manila are prone to floods in order to avoid them.


  • FREE
  • Rated 4+ and most used and trusted by users
  • Map and list view of reports
  • Updates with news from PAGASA weather station
  • Offline capabilities
  • Available in multiple languages
  • Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with Android, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Optimised for iPhone 5.




iTyphoon, by Nueva Caceres Technology Solutions, Inc.



iTyphoon covers typhoon-related information and updates relative to the popular destinations in the Philippines. Weather forecasts such as location of the typhoon, storm signals, coverage, wind speed, and intensity over time are also shown by the app.


With the app, users can better anticipate when traffic may be heavier due to rains. Aside from current forecasts, the app also provides users with tips on how to prepare for emergencies.

  • FREE
  • Rated 4+
  • Offline capabilities
  • Sharing feature via Twitter and Facebook
  • Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with Android iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Optimised for iPhone 5.




Do you know any other application that will be useful for pedestrians, commuters and drivers in Metro Manila?

Did you encounter any problems using these apps? Help others by sharing  your thoughts on the comments section below!



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