Why it’s worth moving to the north

Moving from one city to another may seem like an ordeal, but proper planning can ensure a smooth move.

One important factor to consider is location. Selecting the right town or city is critical to your life and family development.

Often, the most desired cities are also the most expensive. Determine if the cost of living in your dream city will be in line with your budget.

Accessibility to major establishments like schools, hospitals, markets should also be considered.

Still undecided on which city to move? Perhaps moving north is the way to go. Places like Pampanga, Bulacan, and Subic are some of the most ideal locations to call home if you want to move out of the urban jungle.

Here are some advantages of living in the northern metro.

• MRT Line-7 cuts travel time in half. The road towards Bulacan is fast developing now that the MRT Line-7 is under construction. It will run from North Avenue in Quezon City to San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, and will have 14 stations.

MRT Line-7 will initially carry 28,000 passengers per hour in each direction. It can be extended to 36,000 an hour after the upgrades have been placed. In one day, it can serve 350,000 passengers and will increase to 800,000 once upgraded.

Serving commuters in the congested Commonwealth Avenue area, the MRT Line-7, once completed, will minimize travel time and decongest traffic in the Caloocan and Balagtas Interchange of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).

• Clark International Airport. Accessible via the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), the Clark International Airport in Pampanga serves as a gateway to the north.

A new passenger terminal building opened in the enormous airport this year, with three more terminals expected to be completed and fully operational this 2025.

• Easier, diverse routes to Baguio. You can take the Kennon Road, Marcos Highway, Quirino Highway, Baguio-Nueva Viscaya Road, Halsema Road, and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX).

• Discover Pampanga’s culture and cuisine. If you’re a foodie and love heritage houses, Pampanga is the place to be.

The City of San Fernando, for one, is home to the original sisig, which the late Anthony Bourdain described as “casual, accessible, and exactly what you need after a few beers.”

The city has also retained its heritage town charm with its ancestral villas and Spanish-inspired structures.