Pinoy is a slang for the Philippines natives . If you ever visit the Philippines , you will be dazzled by the Jeepney buses, the public transport buses. Adorned with colorful accessories and shiny fixtures, the Jeepney buses of the Philippines are probably the most flamboyant means of public transportation in the world.
The most popular means of transportation in the Philippines, the jeepney buses are a symbol of the archipelago. When American forces withdrew from the Philippines, back in the last days of WWII ,hundreds of surplus jeeps were either sold of left behind. So pinoys, being industrious and creative islanders, started altering the jeeps to accommodate more passengers and turned them into passenger-style jeeps.
But apart from simply stripping down the jeeps, increasing the number of seats and adding roofs for cover, Filipinos also started adding colorful and shiny ornaments, and using the car’s metal body as canvas for painted or airbrushed images of personal significance, or adverts. The Jeepney became a part of Filipino culture, and an inexpensive means of transportation for the country’s proletariat. Although the original buses were refurbished American surplus jeeps, nowadays, Jeepneys are produced by independent companies and workshops in the Philippines, with surplus engines and parts imported from Japan.
But the future of these brightly decorated vehicles may not be as grim as it first appears, as E-jeepneys, short for “electrical jeepneys”, could carry on this half-a-century-old tradition. A few of them have already been produced in the Philippines and are currently being used by schools, resorts and theme parks.
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