Every person who experiences the traffic on EDSA would liken it to kalbaryo, or calvary.
Ryan Agoncillo, who's returning as the host and "manong driver" for the second season of Cash Cab on AXN, has found a buddy in his motorbike, which has been helping him dodge traffic.
While it's not necessarily the safer option, the father of three does have the blessing of his wife Judy Ann Santos.
He told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an exclusive interview on November 15, at the launch of Cash Cab's second season, "On the average, I save about three hours a day.
"So that’s an hour and a half in the morning that I can save, and I can still have quality breakfast with her and my kids.
"And then in the afternoon, halimbawa ngayon, I would normally be home by now if I didn’t have work after Eat Bulaga!
"I’d be home in half an hour as compared to two hours later. So imagine that time, the breathing room that’s allowed for you to have better quality life ba."
More than being a passion, riding his bike has served a bigger purpose.
“Hindi siya layaw lang na dahil gusto ko mag-enjoy, although I do enjoy rides.
“I take my motorcycle to work. I think it’s a privilege.
“I think now, the reasons are a bit more, kumbaga, nung college ko, I tell my parents, 'Ma, magmo-motor ako papuntang school para hindi ako ma-traffic.'
"It was actually just an excuse, you know?
"But now, it’s real. It’s tangible.
"It spells the difference between me having merienda with my kids or catching them right before they sleep.”
His kids—particularly, Yohan, 12, and Lucho, 6—have also been showing interest in motorcycles.
"I love that now, they get why I [use a] motorcycle all the time,” Ryan smiled.
"Yohan has expressed interest in motorcycles already.
"Ang puno lang ng schedule niya kaya hindi kami makapag-motorcycle lessons, e.
"But we do take motorcycle rides a lot.”
Lucho, on the other hand, loves back-riding.
"One of the favorite things Lucho requests me to do, which Yohan used to do e ngayon dalaga na, so marami na siya pinagkakaabalahan.
"Si Lucho on lazy afternoons or maybe some cool mornings, he’d really just jump in and say, 'Dad, I wanna take a scooter.'
“And I’m like, ‘Oh, where do you wanna go?’
“After we’re geared up, this kid, brilliant, I don’t know where he gets it from, I ask, ‘O, Lucho, where do you wanna go?’
“He goes like, ‘Dad, just take your favorite road.’
"And I’ll just go around and scoot around, maybe buy chichirya and pasalubong for his ate and his mom.
Judy Ann has shown no real resistance to her family fancying motorbikes.
“When we started going out, I was a motorcycle rider already," Ryan said. "Now, I’m a motorcycle commuter mainly because it saves me a lot of time.”
And that time saved means family time for Ryan.