Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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Travelling to Lucena City in Quezon from Alabang

Lucena City is in Quezon province, Southern Luzon of the Philippines.
The city is common to licensure examinees as Professional Regulation and Commission Office and assigned schools/universities are located in it. Others visit the place to do their tradition 'Bisita Iglesia' to one of the churches - St. Ferdinand Cathedral.

Lucena City  Perez Park in Capitol




How to get there

South Station Alabang to Lucena Grand Terminal

From Alabang


  • Go to South Station Bus Terminal (located in front of Crimson Hotel and Entrata Building near Festival Supermall)


  • Go at the end of the terminal to find provincial buses to Lucena, Batangas, Bicol.


  • Ride the bus with the signboard Lucena or Lucena Grand Terminal (situated beside the public toilet rooms)
    • Dela Rosa Liner is the bus company.


  • Tell the driver to let you alight at Lucena Diversion
    • (this area has jeepneys going to Bayan (town proper) once you got off the bus)
  • Ride a jeepney with Bayan or Capitolyo signboard.

  • Alight to your preferred destination by telling the driver:
    • St. Ferdinand Cathedral
    • Lucena Perez Park / Capitolyo (Provincial Capitol/Municipal Hall)
    • Star Garden Tower Hotel Lucena
    • Queen Margarette Hotel
    • Sacred Heart College Lucena
    • Hotel Pol Ocampo
    • Hillside Hotel

Fares

From Alabang to Lucena Diversion/ Grand Terminal

180 Php/head - regular
20% discount to students and senior citizens upon presenting a valid ID.

From Diversion to Bayan/Capitolyo

 8 Php/ head - regular
7 Php/head - students and senior citizens

TOTAL: 188 Php/ head (regular)

Travel Duration


3-4 hours (depending on the flow of the traffic)

Bus schedule

Dela Rosa Liner Bus in South Station Alabang


On regular days
Bus trip starts at 4am
Last trip at 10pm

On HOLIDAYS
24 hours

Going back to Alabang

From Bayan
  • Ride a jeepney with a signboard "Lucena Grand Terminal" 
    • Jeepney is cheaper than tricycle.
  • Alight once you arrived in Grand Terminal
  • Find the bus terminal going to Alabang (located near PRC Lucena)
  • Ride the bus to Alabang. 
    • Dela Rosa Liner or JAC Liner 

Fares

From Bayan/Capitolyo to Lucena Grand Terminal

8 Php/head

Lucena Grand Terminal to Alabang

180 Php/head

Total: 188 Php/ head - regular

Travel duration


3-4 hours

Lucena Grand Terminal


Lucena Grand Terminal is a terminal for  jeepneys, vans and buses to different places in Quezon province, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, Batangas, Marinduque and to Metro Manila's common bus terminals - Alabang, Cubao and Buendia LRT Taft.

In these pictures, you will see the signages of the destinations.
  • Buses to Cubao, Kamias, Alimall, Buenia LRT Taft, Marinduque and Mauban via JAC Liner Bus
  • Buses to Alabang, Turbina via N.Dela Rosa Liner Bus
  • vans to Carmona, Palapla Cavite, Unisan, Catanauan, Mulanay, General Luna, Tejero Cavite, Lucan, Tayabas, Pagbilao, Batangas City and Daet to name a few.
  • vans to SM Lipa, Mulanay, Dalahican, Infanta, Mauban, Antipolo

Lucena Grand Terminal to Cubao, Kamias, Alimall, Buenia LRT Taft, Marinduque and Mauban via JAC Liner Bus

Lucena Grand Terminal to Alabang via Dela Rosa Liner Bus

Lucena Grand Terminal vans to Carmona, Palapla Cavite, Unisan, Catanauan, Mulanay, General Luna, Tejero Cavite, Lucan, Tayabas, Pagbilao, Batangas City and Daet to name a few.

Lucena Grand Terminal vans to SM Lipa, Mulanay, Dalahican, Infanta, Mauban, Antipolo

Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Office


You will also see the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Office in this terminal.

Professional Regulation Commision - PRC Office Lucena is located at Lucena Grand Terminal

What can you see in Lucena City?

When I went to Lucena City, I noticed that there are few places to see. I asked some locals like the hotel staff, teachers and drivers, they said that only the places below are the tourist spots or places that people intentionally go to.

St. Ferdinand Cathedral

St. Ferdinand Cathedral Lucena

Lucena Perez Park/ Provincial Capitol


Lucena Provincial Capitol - which is under renovation

me in Lucena Perez Park

Sacred Heart College


Sacred Heart College in Lucena - one of the schools for Licensure Examination

Where to stay?

Pricey Hotels

Star Garden Tower Hotel

This is where I stayed for a night during my examination.
Price per night is as low as 1,958 with tax for single-sized bed while 2,288 for queen-sized bed.

I absolutely enjoy the breakfast and the proximity of the place to shops and especially the school that I had taken exam- Sacred Heart College. The staff are kind and respond to my calls and texts when I was reserving and asking for directions in going there.
The price for me is a bit too much for their lack of amenities/facilities.
Credit card is not available.
I highly recommend to reserve a room in advance by contacting these details:

0932-4060362
042-710-4437

Queen Margarette Hotel

Another place to stay which is convenient and located in the heart of the city is Queen Margarette Hotel. There is also another location which is along the Lucena Highway.

Granja St, Lucena, 4301 Quezon
For contact details of the price and for reservation, check Agoda.com

Affordable Hotels

In these two hotels, the contact details that I researched are not accurate. Maybe that is the reason why the examinees that I were with when I rode the jeepney with them, they went personally to check the hotels without reserving.

Hotel Pol Ocampo

This is near Meralco. The jeepney driver dropped off some licensure examinees in the stop. He said that it is one of the cheapest hotels. The examinees that I saw were group of young ladies and they were going to check out first the hotel and check the next one which was also recommended by the driver.

Behind Meralco which is along Quezon Avenue.

Hillside Hotel

The jeepney driver recommended this as one of the cheapest stay inns. For licensure examinees, having a place to stay in with an affordable price and near the testing area is a must.

It is along Quezon Avenue before Meralco if going to Bayan (town proper)

The contact details I saw on the Internet are not accurate. There is another Hillside hotel which is far from Bayan.

Additional tips:


That time, there were a lot of examinees from different places who were looking for a place to stay. Some of the residents there were shouting outside the examination place- Sacred Heart College of a place to rent. I suggest that you need to be vigilant in these desperate times. Better see the examination room assignment online 3 weeks ahead so you can also go to the place to canvass and reserve a hotel.

Places to eat


Local foods

You can order these local foods:
    • Lucban Longganisa
    • Chami
Buddy's Restaurant
located at the corner of  Quezon Ave. and Gov.  Leon Guinto Street in Bayan (town proper)

  • Inihaw na Saging na Saba (Grilled Saba Banana)
sellers Along Quezon Avenue near St. Ferdinand Cathedral 

  • Grilled Meat (Barbecue, Sisig, Sisig Lechon, Bangus, Isaw, etc.)
in front of Star Garden Tower Hotel (open at night time only)




These are the information that I have got and experienced. I hope this post has helped you a lot! To all the licensure examinees, I hope you can pass the exam and good luck!

Please share and give credits to me of my post and pictures if you will use it.

Thanks!

have a safe travel!


Sarah


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