Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The untold origin and history of jeepney

The Known Story (Extracted from Wikipedia)

When American troops began to leave the Philippines at the end of WWII, hundreds of surplus jeeps were sold or given to the Filipinos. They were stripped down and altered; metal roofs were added for shade; and decorated the vehicles with vibrant colors and chrome-plated hood and other ornaments. They reconfigured the jeeps to accommodate more passengers and classified them as passenger-type jeeps. Its size, length and passenger capacity had increased as it evolved though the years. The non-extended, original-seat configuration jeeps were labeled owners, short for owner-type jeep, and used non-commercially.
The jeepney rapidly emerged as a popular and creative way to re-establish inexpensive public transportation, which had been virtually destroyed during WWII. 

The Untold Story

After World War II, a foreign journalist went to Cebu, Philippines. He saw one of the colorful jeepneys and was dazzled by the sight of it. It was the first time that the jeepney reflected into a foreigner's eyes. Out of excitement, he approached one of the drivers and asked:

Journalist: How do you call this vehicle?

Driver : ha?
[english: what?]

Interpreter : ingon siya unsa daw tawag aning imong sakyanan?
[english: he's asking what do you call this vehicle?]

Driver: ahhh... kani? Jeep ni..
[english: ah, this one? This is Jeep]

Journalist: Jeepney? Cool!

Bisaya to English Transalation:
kani = this
ni = shortcut for "kani"
Jeep ni = This is Jeep

history has written its name... JEEPNEY!

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