Ever since its app release in December of 2016, motorcycle ride-hailing app, Angkas saved thousands of stranded Filipinos from Manila’s traffic. At the time, even with Grab and Uber, traveling around the metro can be a pain especially for those who do it on a daily basis. Which is why thousands of commuters every day opt to use this motorcycle ride-hailing app to bring them to their own destinations.
Its online presence was really strong. In fact, one would even mistake its Twitter page as a meme page. Followers definitely enjoyed the witty memes and captions. Not only were they able to engage with their target audiences very well, they were also able to capture the Filipino traffic experience perfectly. Only instead of being negative, they took a more comical route to make our traffic woes less depressing.
Here are some of their funniest posts on Twitter:
— Angkas (@angkas) September 27, 2017
— Angkas (@angkas) September 30, 2017
"Ano nga pala tagline ng Angkas?"
Beat the traffic. pic.twitter.com/kDoMxBevRc
— Angkas (@angkas) October 20, 2017
Fans were just as good in responding. With a service that knows and listens to its customers very well, the app received a generous amount of praise from followers. And who wouldn’t, the motorbikes were faster than cars, able to breeze through Manila’s labyrinths and passing congested roads with ease.
Yung tipong @angkas tweets na lang nagpapatawa sa akin HAHAHA.
— Paul Adrian Samarita (@adrianamida) August 28, 2018
i just want to be friends with the person who comes up with the angkas tweets
— Swan (@swansicles) June 21, 2018
Unfortunately, November of 2017 saw LTFRB close its ride-hailing operations due to the absence of permits of some of their motorists.
This saddened a lot of Filipinos who depended on its quick response and fast transaction. Without the motorbikes, most users had to return to using commuter buses that stop on every commuter, and cabs who take advantage of many passengers’ helplessness. Being the total comedians they are, of course, they had to tweet about it, High School Musical style:
We might find a place in this world someday. But at least for now, I gotta go my own way. 🛵 pic.twitter.com/fHaNLMsOgo
— Angkas (@angkas) November 16, 2017
However, in December of 2017, the app transformed itself into a parcel delivery service. Again, they had to tell everybody about it, in a very PUNny way:
sideline na lang muna ko mga teh pic.twitter.com/lLZOww1zEt
— Angkas (@angkas) December 16, 2017
— Angkas (@angkas) December 19, 2017
Also, the app did amazing at not only being REALLY present, but also very thematic, up to date, and seasonal:
— Angkas (@angkas) February 10, 2018
your angkas biker has arrived pic.twitter.com/pCIQgCstDJ
— Angkas (@angkas) May 21, 2018
— Angkas (@angkas) June 12, 2018
And then yesterday came great news, Angkas is back! The original operations were allowed to resume its service. This is absolutely great news for Filipinos who commute on a daily basis. With the app back again, more riding options are available.
And here is how they told Twitterverse:
Guys, we're a little shookt. Please give us time to adjust, alam namin excited kayo. Konting patience muna, mga mumsh, we'll try to get more bikers to serve you all! #AngkasIsBack
— Angkas (@angkas) September 6, 2018
Finally, to answer the question if they were ever gone, the ride-hailing app responded:
Everyone keeps asking me, “meron pa bang Angkas?”
I say to them, “kelan ba ko nawala, ha?”
— Angkas (@angkas) March 3, 2018