JEEPNEY

slp2It isn’t fun in the Philippines without a Jeepney for it is the cheapest and major public transportation by the Filipino people. Jeepneys are known for their flambouyant decoration and crowded seating. They have become a ubiquitous symbol of the Philippine culture.

Jeepney started to emerge when the American troops had began to leave the Philippines at the end of WWII, hundreds of surplus jeeps were sold or given to the Filipinos. They were stripped down and altered; metal roofs were added for shade; and decorated the vehicles with vibrant colors and chrome-plated hood and other ornaments. They configured the jeeps to accommodate more passengers and classified them as passenger-type jeeps. Its size, length and passenger capacity had increased as it evolved through the years. The non-extended, original seat configuration jeeps were labelled owners, short for owner-type jeep, and used non-commercially.

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~ by sherwinportillo on January 17, 2013.

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