Taking the train, especially during rush hour, is almost always an unpleasant experience. There is queuing, jostling, shoving and cramming that leave passengers harassed and exhausted even before their days have started.
This situation worsens come Christmas season.
In an attempt to brighten the mood and surprise passengers, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) decked one of its Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) trains with Yuletide decors a few weeks before Christmas Day.
LRMC corporate communications head Rochelle Gamboa said the purpose of launching a Christmas Train is to lighten the mood of tired passengers who get stuck in traffic and struggle with commuting on a daily basis.
It surely looks like Christmas inside the Roosevelt-Baclaran-bound Christmas Train with its wreaths, lanterns, red and green overhead lights, candy-striped poles and a photo of the Nativity scene.
To further spread holiday cheer, LRMC is set to launch a “Selfie Contest” for commuters which will run until January 8, 2017. the LRT operator will also hold a series of concert performances at the Doroteo Jose station beginning on Dec. 2. And starting Dec. 3, senior citizens and Persons with Disability can ride the LRT for free every weekend.