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Philippine Jeepneys - a Complete Guide


At the end of WWII when American troops were leaving the Philippines, they left behind hundreds of Jeeps.

With typical Filipino ingenuity the locals quickly modified them to carry more passengers, decorated them with flamboyant colors and ornaments, and used them as minibuses. Since then the jeepney has become the most popular public transport vehicle in the country.

Boarding the jeepney
To get a jeepney to stop just hold your arm out when you see one approaching. Before boarding make sure you read the destination sign on the front windscreen. Jeepneys on the same street can go to many different destinations.

Most Filipinos leave signalling the driver until very late. Many don't signal at all and expect the driver to know they want to board. Perhaps they think the drivers are also mind readers.

A Manila Jeepney

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