Friday’s fun facts – Pasalubong & jeepneys

The Urban Ma Pinoy

 You know you’re pinoy when you get excited about receiving pasalubong (gifts and souvenirs from someone coming back from their travels) from Goldilocks. Along with the little parcels of toasted flour, milk, sugar and butter, which we call polvoron, Mr D’s lola and lolo brought home a tricycle and jeepney to add to his car collection.

The jeepyney was packaged in a bright green box and on the back of it was quite a long passage educating the reader on some interesting jeepney facts. The content of which is below 🙂

Filipinos are known worldwide for their ability to create make-shifts and reproduce first-class technology into something that can be attained with limited resources. This has been evident in a distinctly Filipino creation, the Philippine Jeepney. The idea of the vehicle was derived from the GI jeep brought by the American soldiers during World War II. It has the same strong engine as an Army jeep but with a body that has been remodeled and re sized to accommodate commuting passengers that normally ranges from 20 to 30 all in all.

Every jeepney carries a touch of artistry and ingenuity as well-detailed artworks are elaborately displayed on the shining chrome bodies and even inside the vehicle’s interior. No jeep is exactly similar to others in terms of appearance. Payment system while inside the jeepney is on an honesty basis, every driver just hopes that passengers will pay sufficient amount of far required for a certain distance traveled. Today, the jeepney is the most popular means of transportation in the Philippines, with its innumerable population which is mostly concentrated in the metropolis, no wonder why it has been tagged as the country’s “King of the Road”.

Have you ridden on a jeepney in the Philppines? How was your experience?