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Public Transportations in the Philippines
The majority of the people in the Philippines rely mostly on the public transportation. In this page I will feature three of the most popular public transportations. The jeepney, tricycle and pedicab.
The picture showing here is my sister's jeepney. Down below, is a replica of a jeepney, that we bought from one of our visits to the Philippines. See how colorful and artistic the design on this model. Jeepneys are known to be the "king of the road" in the Philippines. You can find them everywhere you go. People chose this kind of transportation because it is the cheapest way to go from one point to another.
Where did Jeepneys came from?
Jeepneys or mini buses are the most popular public transportation in the Philippines. It is the cheapest way to travel from one place to another. During World War II, US military brought jeeps to be used for war effort. At the end of the war, American military had hundreds of surplus of these military jeeps and were left in the Philippines. Being creative in a lot of ways, Filipinos altered and customized the jeeps to accommodate more people. It started to be very simple public transportation, until manufacturers started to produce this kind, more spacious than the original one and having brilliantly colorful designs. Owners of these jeepneys added more elaborately excessive ornaments to decorate their cars. It has been part of Filipino culture since its inception.
The Jeepneys - Let's investigate the body of this jeepney
A replica of a jeepney. Showing its front view. There are two front seats available near the driver's seat
Where to get in? - The entrance of the jeepney
This is where people enter to ride a jeepney, it is at the back side of the car.
The art work.
Jeepneys has been decorated and painted very artistically.
The roof of the car is nicely painted with beautiful Philippine scene.
Inside of my sister's old jeepney
This is how it looks inside the jeepney: Two long seats are opposite each other. This jeepney can accommodate 12 people on each side. We used this during our stay in the Philippines.
Some late afternoon ride...
Over crowded jeepney!
Public Transportation in the Philippines
Is this your first time to see a jeepney?
Another Kind Of Public Transportation
Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands, so diverse just like its people. It is also true with its transportation. Next to the jeepney, is the motorcycle with sidecar, it is called the tricycle, it has a third wheel attached to the passenger cabin. Tricycles can go anywhere, especially on smaller roads for short distances, where jeepney could not operate. Like jeepney, tricycle is also very common passenger transport in the Philippines, except on busy highways and busy cities. They varies in design, it is built around a motorcycle. They are decorated almost like the jeepneys, with vibrant colors stickers and paint.
This mostly use as transportation in rural areas in the Philippines, and also in some towns around. The only thing homeowners don't like it in their subdivision is the noise of its engine. Some home owners associations were trying to limit how many tricycles would be allowed to roam in their neighborhood at certain time.
Local Transportation, Pedicab
The "Trisikad" (pedicab) - "tri" because it is a 3-wheeled vehicle," sikad" means pedaling. A three wheeled machine powered by human pedal; with a side car mounted to a regular bicycle. This is like a taxicab that will bring you directly home from jeepney or bus depot. It is very helpful transport when you carry a heavy load of groceries. This kind of transport saves gas, the only energy used is human feet. It's a hard kind of job to earn money, but it helps with their needs. I remember, this kind of transportation started in the 80's and became popular in the rural areas of the Philippines.