PRESS STATEMENT FROM GMA NEWS TV:
"This Friday, Jay Taruc will take us on a different trip—from Tutuban in Manila all the way to Naga City in Camarines Sur, as he travels along the railroad tracks of the Bicol Express line of the newly-refurbished Philippine National Railways. Covering almost 400 kilometers of railway, ride along as Jay discovers the various stories of people and places associated with this decades-old mode of transportation.
"Along the way, Jay will meet and interact with various people, from the Badjao community dwelling 'along da riles' who face the dangers posed by the passing train every day; to the trolley drivers or 'padyak riles.'
"Jay will also look into the stories of some of the train stations full of rich history as they once served as abode to Japanese soldiers during World war II. While some of the stations have become heritage sites, others have been abandoned altogether along with the memories of their war-torn past.
"Train systems are said to be reflective of a country's growth and development. But what has become of our own train system? With its rehabilitation still well under way, is the PNR still relevant in the first place, in this age of concrete highways, airconditioned buses and 1-hour plane flights? This Friday, take a trip with Jay along the other side of the railways of PNR and discover what we may perhaps be missing. Motorcycle Diaries airs at 8 PM on GMA News TV Channel 11."
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