According to a study by the Boston Consulting Group, Filipinos spend about 16 days a year stuck in traffic [File: Francis R Malasig/EPA]

Manila, Philippines – In his book, Inferno, best-selling author Dan Brown described the city of Manila as the gates of hell; a place where six-hour traffic jams and suffocating pollution reduced citizens to their most basic survival instincts.

To Metro Manila’s 13 million residents, it is “Carmageddon”, a portmanteau of car and Armageddon, the biblical place where good and evil are destined to have their last battle. 

It is interesting that both phrases conjure visions of the end of the world.

Metro Manila in the Philippines is a cluster of 16 cities tenuously fused by a winding 23.8-kilometre (14.98-mile) highway called

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