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'Baka pagdating mo ng probinsiya buhay na si Hesus': Users memeify NLEX traffic situation

By NICK GARCIA Published Apr 06, 2023 3:29 pm

Droves of Filipinos from Metro Manila go to their respective provinces during the Holy Week, especially on Holy Wednesday and early Maundy Thursday. But whatever it takes, the way out of the city can be a calvary, as travelers get stuck in traffic jam along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).

NLEX earlier said the expressway, which sees around 350,000 motorists daily, is expected to have a 15% increase in traffic volume from Holy Week until Monday, April 10.

Some users took to social media to lament the hassle, while others just memeified the sorry situation.

Facebook page Carbrazzer, which has over 144,000 followers, said the traffic situation along NLEX is akin to an "instant staycation" worth three days and two nights. It shared a purported screenshot of a satellite navigation app.

"Pag biglaan talaga natutuloy," it said, referring to the popular tongue-in-cheek Filipino axiom.

Another Facebook user jokingly asked travelers how their "camping" is going, while also telling them to set up a bonfire while waiting for the sunset.

A Twitter user said the traffic along NLEX is so bad that it has become a "parking lot."

Another Twitter user said once travelers arrive to their respective provinces, Jesus is risen already. According to Christian faith, Jesus resurrects on Easter Sunday, the third day after his crucifixion on Good Friday.

A Twitter user also shared a screenshot from Google Maps showing how the red along NLEX in the app might as well turn black. Red means there are lots of traffic delays, orange means medium amount of traffic, and green means no traffic delays.

Another one, meanwhile, shared a clip showing how American singer Miley Cyrus supposedly caused the traffic.

"4 hours na kame sa nlex. kaya pala sobrang trapik si miley cyrus nakasabit sa poste," the user said.