Jeepneys are the most popular means of public transportation in the Philippines.They were originally made from US military jeeps left over from World War II and are known for their flamboyant decoration and crowded seating. They have become a symbol of Philippine culture.
When American troops began to leave the Philippines at the end of WWII, hundreds of surplus jeeps were sold or given to local Filipinos. The Filipinos stripped down and altered the jeeps to accommodate more passengers, added metal roofs for shade, and decorated the vehicles with vibrant colors and bright chrome hood ornaments.
The jeepney rapidly emerged as a popular and creative way to re-establish inexpensive public transportation. Jeepneys can be flagged down much like taxis by holding out or waving an arm at the approaching vehicle. The elderly and women are always seated, children are sometimes allowed to ride for free if they agree to sit on the lap of the accompanying adult and not take up seating space. If the jeepney is full, passengers (only males) will also sometimes cling outside or sit on the roof instead .
To ask the driver to stop the vehicle, passengers can rap their knuckles on the roof the jeepney, rap a coin on a metal handrail, or simply tell the driver to stop. Modern jeepneys often install buzzers and buttons to make it easier for the passengers.
flamboyant (adj.) intended to be noticed, especially by being
strip down (v) to remove everything except for a particular
piece of clothing or above a particular part of
alter (v) to change something, usually slightly, or to
cause the characteristics of something to change
accommodate (v) to provide with a place to live or to be stored in
vibrant (adj.) describes colour or light that is bright and strong
chrome (n) a hard blue-grey element used in combination
with other substances to form a shiny covering
emerge (v) to become known
cling (v) stick onto or hold something or someone tightly
rap (v) to hit or say something suddenly and forcefully
knuckle (n) one of the joints in the hand where your
fingers bend, especially where your fingers
join on to the main part of your hand
buzzer (n) an electronic device that makes a continuous
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