Traffic in the Philippines could get unpredictable so it is best to leave for your intended destination in advance. The cheapest and most common modes of public transport in Metro Manila are the jeepney, “FX” vans, and buses. For shorter distances, one can also take the “tricycle”--a motorcycle with an attached sidecar.

For your convenience, it is best to take a taxi, which has a flag-down rate of P40.00. Downloading smartphone apps like GrabTaxi may be helpful in finding taxis.

Out and About


UP and Quezon City are known culinary hubs. Just across the College of Law and within the Asian Center complex, the Via Mare restaurant serves a delectable array of Filipino culinary staples. Elsewhere on campus, the UP Bahay ng Alumni, which is a short walk from the College of Law, also has the famous Chocolate Kiss Cafe, Art Circle Gallery Cafe and Restaurant-of-Choice (ROC).

A mere 5-minute jeepney ride from the UP Campus will transport you to Katipunan Avenue and a number of establishments--from the ubiquitous McDonald’s and Starbucks outlets to a wide range of global cuisines. The newly built UP Town Center has fine dining choices (Greek, Japanese, Italian, etc.) perfect for celebratory dinners, as well as quaint cafes and dessert places.

Restaurants in Maginhawa Street in UP Village, a 10-minute taxi ride away from the UP Campus, is also frequented by university students for its hip restaurants and milk tea shops.