I started using Grab in 2014 after I got held up at knifepoint. Pre-Grab, I would take the train, bus, and tricycle around Manila, priding myself for knowing the routes to get to anywhere within the capital and for being the Cool Guy who’s okay with commuting. But after that night, when I rode the bus after going to the theater, and when the man sitting next to me demanded I give him my bag, I told myself that I was given a second chance at life and that I should preserve it.
I still like to think of myself as the Cool Guy who’s okay with commuting, but when it’s raining, it’s late, or when I’m in a hurry, I rely on Grab to get around. Yes, it’s more expensive than a P12 bus ride, but I’d rather pay more to arrive safe, comfortable, and most importantly, alive.
I can’t believe that Grab has been around for five years because it feels like I’ve been using it longer. And in those five years, the service has made many innovations that have made transportation faster, safer, and easier.
Grab is the first ride-hailing platform to offer cash payment to its users. To be honest, I was happier when it started accepting credit cards because I don’t always have cash with me. There’s also GrabPay Credits for those who want to pay cashless without debit or credits cards. Simply go to partner banks and establishments to reload!
Rides are made more exciting with GrabRewards, where every P10 we spend is equal to one point, which we can use to redeem rewards like discounts on rides and partner establishments.
Grab also has different choices available: there’s GrabTaxi for cab rides, GrabCar for a sedan, GrabCar+ for a premium ride, a 6-Seater for large groups, and GrabShare for a more affordable ride through carpooling. There’s also GrabExpress for when you want to deliver something in real-time. At one point, there was even a GrabTricycle, a GrabJeep, and a GrabHeli!
Grab has grown exponentially since 2012. Apart from Metro Manila, Grab is available in Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Bacolod, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, and Pampanga, which means more Filipinos now have access to a safe and convenient ride. For those based in Manila, it’s a great option when you’re traveling to these cities! Speaking of travel, Grab is the first ride-hailing app to be accredited by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).
I like taking Grab because it’s both safe and convenient. You can always count to have a great ride when you book one because the drivers are enrolled in the Grab Driver Academy, which has first aid training from Red Cross, a safety driving seminar from Honda Safety Driving Center, and customer service and hospitality training from John Robert Powers.
To celebrate Grab’s five years in the Philippines, the app launched the first ever Grab Green Light Awards, which recognized the employees, drivers, passengers, and peers who made the service awesome. A total of 15 drivers, five employees, five peers, and five passengers were recognized for the role they played in Grab’s success.
Happy 5th anniversary, Grab!
This story was made in partnership with Grab. Grab is Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing platform. Grab’s core product platform includes commuting solutions for drivers and passengers with an emphasis on convenience, safety, and reliability, as well as its proprietary mobile payments platform, GrabPay. Download the Grab app from the App Store and Google Play Store. For more information, visit www.grab.com/ph/.