A few years ago, I was so frustrated with spending hours and hours in my car, I decided to give cycling as a commute a try. That decision changed my life. I now have more time to spend with my family, I’m spending less money on my car, and I’ve never been more fit in my life.

Ever since then, I’ve harped endlessly on the benefits of riding a bicycle as a commute. But I didn’t realize that my point of view of traffic was limited at best. This was never more clear than after I spoke to Nigel Paul Villarete.

I connected with Paul through one of my cycling articles on Zerothreetwo. He commented on the post, and I felt compelled to see who he was on Facebook. Turns out that he was the city administrator at the time, and most of his posts had to do with urban planning. I made a mental note to list his name on potential interviews for the podcast. His views on the congestion problem in Cebu were worth hearing, and I learned a lot, especially since I got a new perspective on how to look at the problem.

In this episode, we talk about how other countries tackle the congestion problem, how we should rethink transport, how the current system benefits the upper class, and what we can do to make our lives better despite the traffic.

Enjoy the episode!


Bike Ban in Mactan bridges

National Crisis Hotline


Mayor Osmena


7 Habits for Successful People

Stephen Covey

Cebu Road Heroes

How’s Your Biyahe, Bes?

Enrique Penalosa

Where can you find Paul?


This episode is brought to you by Qube Gallery, a progressive art space in Cebu, Philippines providing network and exhibit opportunities for contemporary artists with whom they work closely with and promote beyond the local reach. For more than five years, the gallery has mounted shows of engaging artworks and has also represented the Visayas region in various international fairs.  

Aside from its physical space in Crossroads, Banilad, Cebu City, you can check out their online collection on www.artsy.net/qube-gallery.   

This month at Qube Gallery: Myriad by Lean Reboja. He explores the complexities of the human psyche with his 4th solo exhibition, Myriad, opening on September 26, 6:00 PM, at Qube Gallery.  

While Lean paints a fictitious world inhabited by beasts and bizarre characters, they are autobiographic and metaphorical accounts of his introspections. Pop surrealism, the core of Lean’s technique, becomes the perfect conduit for Myriad’s intention: to explore the in-betweens of the spectrum – the multiplicities and diverse possibilities engraved within us, choices and contingencies, and inner conflicts and dilemmas, that inevitably shape who we are. 

This episode is sponsored by Handuraw Pizza. Long before they became a sponsor, Handuraw Pizza has been mentioned in many of our conversations with musicians. They have always been a great venue for local music.

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Music is Piano March by Audionautix

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