Photo of the Week: The Jeepney – King of the Road, Manila, Philippines

  • Christine Wuthrich (Photo) John Paul Maclang (Text)
  • 10 April 2011

The jeepney – pictured here in its natural habitat, the streets of Manila – has come a long way from its roots as a surplus World War 2 Willy’s G.I. Jeep, to become the choice mode of transport for the proletariat masses. Depending on length, these vehicles can load as many as 30 lucky passengers.

Photo of the Week (10 April 2011) - The Jeepney - King of the Road, Manila, Philippines

Many jeepneys easily qualify as ‘art on wheels’. Lovingly adorned with custom paint and accessories by their owners, these veritable masterpieces glisten in the sun as their shining fixtures catch the light, their hoods crowded with all sorts of buffed stainless steel figurines, their sides acting as an expansive metal canvas, colourfully painted or airbrushed with adverts or images of personal significance.

The jeepney is truly the people’s car and is the most common form of mass transport for the average Filipino. It is the true Filipino APV (All Purpose Vehicle) and the perfect vessel from which to explore the adventures that Manila has to offer.

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2 Responses to “Photo of the Week: The Jeepney – King of the Road, Manila, Philippines”

  1. Sam says:

    Alot of work must have gone into this jeep. Sure is an eye catcher!!

  2. Teamworkz says:

    Fantastic – puts our tuk-tuks to shame!

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