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TheStranger:
The Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, one half of the North Luzon West Expressway project.

DSC_5242 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
Tollbooth thank you notices

DSC_5245 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
Part of the unusual double-trumpet connector between the SCTEX and the NLEX, just north of Angeles.  (If I'm not mistaken, a more direct connection between the NLEX and SCTEX a few miles north is planned)

DSC_5249 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
Advance exit signage - note lack of exit number here.

DSC_5249 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
Exit number at ramp

DSC_5549 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
Makeshift tollbooth expansion about 30 minutes north of Concepcion.  These extra tollbooths are placed about 200 feet north of the main toll gates.  Not sure if this was just for the holidays.

DSC_5551 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
DSC_5553 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
Transition from SCTEX to TPLEX

DSC_6227 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
DSC_6228 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
service areas

DSC_6230 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
DSC_6231 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
Southbound signage for the exit to the North Luzon Expressway southbound (towards Manila)

TheStranger:
The Tarlac-Pagasinan-La Union Expressway, or TPLEX for short, the north portion of the North Luzon West Expressway project.  Currently completed to Ponzorrubio.

DSC_5554 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
Start of road, seamless transition from the SCTEX.  The blue Lay-by signage seems to point towards the Philippine equivalent to rest areas here in the US.

DSC_5557 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
Traditional Philippine light display for Christmas (termed "parol") at a tollbooth

DSC_5558 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
Interesting design for historic signage

DSC_5559 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
Exit signage - note lack of numbers

DSC_6093 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
From the main road in Ponzorrubio (current north terminus), signage pointing to the TPLEX with a Manila control city

DSC_6095 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
Onramp control cities in Binalonan of Manila and Baguio - note that TPLEX connects to other roads to get to either destination.

TheStranger:
And now the most interesting part of the trip for me, the Metro Manila Skyway and South Luzon Expressway.  I don't know if I actually traversed on the Skyway itself (which has a higher toll than the SLEX) BUT it's not hard to spot from below on the SLEX and more intriguingly, along the streets in Manila where the extension is being constructed at present!

Past EDSA, the currently constructed Skyway runs in the median of the South Luzon Expressway, a longer road which connects Metro Manila with Batangas. 

DSC_5190 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
The Skyway/SLEX two-level setup

DSC_5193 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
Flyovers at the Lawton Avenue exit in Taguig

DSC_5194 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
FHWA font signage!  This is approaching the Magallanes Interchange

DSC_5196 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
Not quite FHWA font.

DSC_7371 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
Magallanes Interchange

DSC_7527 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
Advertising on the skyway pillars

DSC_7679 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
DSC_7680 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
DSC_7685 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
DSC_7954 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
Construction from Makati to southern Manila

DSC_7689 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
DSC_7690 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
Pillars in Manila

DSC_7953 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
Current north terminus of the limited access road, at Buendia Avenue

DSC_7957 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
Skyway entrance signage from the southbound SLEX

DSC_7965 by Chris Sampang, on Flickr
Tollbooth signage near the Bicutan exit

bing101:
I'm amazed that Quezon City is actually bigger in population than Manila though mainly because Manila gets larger attention and people outside the Philippines are unaware of this.

TheStranger:

--- Quote from: bing101 on January 06, 2017, 10:07:52 AM ---I'm amazed that Quezon City is actually bigger in population than Manila though mainly because Manila gets larger attention and people outside the Philippines are unaware of this.

--- End quote ---
That's not particularly different from San Jose being larger than SF.  Same deal though: Manila's geographic borders are much smaller than that of QC.  (Quezon City also was the capital of the country during the middle of the century)

Makati is the one city in Metro Manila that really has a distinctive skyline, followed by the Bonifacio section of Taguig adjacent to it.

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