The conclusion of World War II in the Pacific left many surplus military Jeeps in the Philippines. Ingeniously, Filipino's began using their metal crafting skills to transform these vehicles into multi-passenger modes of public transportation.
Though inspired by the all-American Jeep
, the Jeepney is decidely Filipino
. Built by hand by companies like Armak, Sarao, Hebron, and LGS Motors the modern Jeepney
is usually powered by a 4-cylinder Isuzu or Mitsubishi diesel engine. Their steel shells are often polished to a chrome-like sheen or emblazoned with vibrant paint schemes. During our recent trip to the Philippines I was not only able to capture these rolling works of art on camera, but also had a chance to sit in the driver's seat.