If you're thinking of visiting Manila next week, you might want to reschedule that for another time. That's because the City of Manila, along with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be closing several streets in preparation for the inauguration of President-elect Ferdinand 'Bong Bong' Marcos Jr.

As early as June 26, 2022, the following roads will be closed to traffic starting at 12:01 AM until June 30, 2022. These are Padre Burgos Avenue, Finance Road, Ma. Orosa Street (From T.M. Kalaw to P. Burgos), and General Luna Street (From P. Burgos to Muralla Street). Then on June 29, Mendiola Street will be closed to all vehicles beginning at 12:01 AM.

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On the day of the inauguration itself, the following streets will not be accessible to all types of vehicles. Ayala Boulevard, Victoria Street (from Taft Ave. to Muralla Street), and Jalandoni Street PICC, Pasay City will not be open to the public starting at 4:00 AM. Meanwhile, Legarda Street (from San Rafael to Figueras Street) and C.M. Recto Ave. (from S.H. Loyola to Mendiola) will only be closed to traffic starting at 1:00 PM.

Outgoing Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno has already declared that June 30 will be a special non-working holiday in order to give way to the upcoming Presidential Inauguration. Furthermore, the Philippine National Police will be sending nearly 7,000 cops to secure the National Museum of Fine Arts where President-elect Marcos will take his oath of office.

With just one week to go before the inauguration takes place, those that still plan to go to Manila on June 30 are advised to expect heavy traffic. Combined with the fact that fuel prices are still at an all-time high, it's best to avoid going to Manila next week.