I recently came across a couple of on-line communities whose members shared an interest in following development of rail transport in the Philippines. One was on the PinoyExchange.com thread The New Look of PNR where forum participants shared photos of and news about the services and facilities being developed by the Philippine National Railways (PNR). Among the participants in that thread were the admins of the Facebook.com page PNR, MRT, LRT in the Philippines (PMLP@Facebook).
PMLP@Facebook are a far more organised community with a core group of admins who, together with active members, frequently update the page with fresh content.
It's encouraging to see this kind of interest in a form of transport that holds the key to turning Metro Manila into a modern metropolis and the rest of the country into an efficiently well-connected nation. The challenges facing rehabilitation and further development of rail transport in the Philippines are, of course, still quite formidable as evident when one compares the following photo of Blumentritt station (Source: album on PMLP@Facebook) below...
... with that of a train station in Switzerland:
Note how a clock dominates the Swiss station. One's gotta aim high to achieve high.