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Hello and welcome to Filipino Survival Phrases brought to you by FilipinoPod101.com. This course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to the Philippines. You will be surprised at how far a little Filipino will go.
Now, before we jump in, remember to stop by FilipinoPod101.com, and there, you will find the accompanying PDF and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.
Filipino Survival Phrases Lesson 24 - Riding the train in the Philippines.
When you're on the platform, you might want to confirm if the train is going to your destination. We can accomplish this by asking a person waiting or a person working for the train company, "Will this train go to…?" followed by a destination. In today's lesson, we'll use Ortigas.
So, in Filipino, "Will this train go to Ortigas station?" is Pupunta ba ito ng Ortigas?
Pupunta ba ito ng Ortigas?
Let's break it down by syllable: Pupunta ba ito ng Ortigas?
Now, let's hear it once again: Pupunta ba ito ng Ortigas?
The first word Papunta means "going."
Let's break down this word and hear it one more time: Pupunta.
And, Pupunta.
This is followed by Ba, which has no English translation but is a question marker.
Let's hear it again: Ba.
Followed by Ito, which means "this."
This is followed by Ng, which has no English equivalent. It is then followed by our location, Ortigas.
So, to recap here, we have Pupunta ba ito ng Ortigas? Literally, this means "Is this going to Ortigas?"
As you have noticed, we did not use the word "station" which is Estasyon in Filipino, because it doesn't apply in the Philippine setting.
There are 2 railways in the Philippines, the MRT and LRT. Each has different routes. MRT stand for Manila Metro Rail Transit System, and LRT stands for Manila Light Rail Transit System. The total length of MRT is now 16.8km and will be 24km once the northern section is finished. And the LRT is 15km long. The fare for LRT is Php12-15, and the fare for MRT is Php 10-15 per ride.
If you want to go to your destination quickly and without experiencing the traffic, the train is the best way to go. The trains only run in metropolitan Manila, which is the Capital of the Philippines, and home to some 10 million people. Most railway lines in Manila are elevated.


Okay, to close out this lesson, we'd like for you to practice what you've just learned. I'll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you're responsible for saying it aloud. You have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so good luck, that also means “good luck” in Filipino. Here we go!
"Will this train go to Ortigas?" - Pupunta ba ito ng Ortigas?
Pupunta ba ito ng Ortigas?
Pupunta ba ito ng Ortigas?
Alright, that's going to do it for today. Remember to stop by FilipinoPod101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.