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Sunday, November 21, 2010
The Philippine Jeepney
The ubiquitous Jeepney. Part bus, part off road vehicle. The Jeepney is synonymous with the Philippines. After World War II, the Filipinos were left with surplus US Jeeps. The Filipinos used these vehicles for transportation, and accepted riders for a modest fee. Over the years Filipinos improvised and altered these vehicles akin to "pimp my ride". Many are lavishly (or garishly) decorated with names of routes, loved ones, religious icons or Disney characters. Many of the jeepneys that roll through Manila's streets are 50 to 60 years old.
Over the years the Jeepney has evolved, and soon the next generation will be e-Jeepneys.
The Jeepney is a relatively cheap way to maneuver through the streets of Metro Manila