In celebration of International Women’s Day held every March 8th of the year, the management of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) and of the Light Railway Transit Line 2 (LRT2) gave free rides for all women passengers during morning and evening rush hours.
This is an opportunity that comes once in a blue moon so I personally went out to avail of the free ride. Upon arrival, the guards who checked the bags at the entrance greeted the passengers with “Libre sakay po sa lahat ng babae. Araw niyo po ngayon.” (Free rides for all women. Today is your day.) And it literally turned frowned faces into smiles.
Some women were not aware of the free ride, some of them headed straight to the ticketing booths but were approached by the guards and were advised that there’s no need to avail a ticket anymore. Now I am not trying to exaggerate things but those women who looked too tired after the day’s work lightened up as they entered the waiting area.
Just beside the ticketing booth, guards were handing out Single Journey cards and Entry/Exit Station pass that were numbered. And one of the most amazing thing that I observed at the MRT3 that day, women who received these literally smiled so wide as they thanked the guards and some literally skipped their way to the queuing lines. That’s a different sight from their daily efforts of running just to secure a good seat or place in the trains.
If the goal was to make women fell appreciated, then they did a good job. Women passengers seemed to be in great mood during the train ride despite the lack of space and the heat inside the train.
Some netizens also shared their free MRT ride stories on their social media accounts. Like this girl who barely made the cut for the 7-9am schedule of the free ride. We can feel the hype!
And this girl who saved Php20 but timed in late for work.
There is also this ate who got to enjoy the free ride despite her unfortunate destiny of being mistaken for a man a little to much.
And this girl who did skip the line at the ticketing booth but still lined up to top-up her beep card.
And then, well, there’s this passenger who got to enjoy the free MRT ride.