I was on an early morning walk around CamSur’s Rinconada district the other week when I chanced upon the sound of the chugging and the coming of what could be the once iconic iron horse of the Philippines, The Bicol Express.
So stop I did, and..click(3x)!
But what came up was a mere three-car commuter-type coaches of the Philippine National Railway’s back-from-the-dead Bicol Commuter Train (BCT) which is almost, but not quite, empty of passengers. Perfect setting for a Black Stone Cherry music video. At least this is more relaxing as compared to Mr. Kapan’s train over there in Pakistan, don’t you think?
As to why this erstwhile mighty means of transportation is losing its passengers, Bicol Mail columnist Juan Escandor Jr. may have a hint here. IMHO, the Bicol Express is on the losing end of the competition vs. the more comfortable Philtranco buses, the GT Express and of course, those crazy Cebu Pacific fare promos.
Solution: modernize, whydoncha!
Coexistence with buses, tricycles and.. samalamig.