If-you're-Fi-li-pi-no-and-you-know-it-clap-your-hands...because the Jeepney has now gone down the electric avenue! For those of you not yet clapping, the Jeepney is a Filipino innovation in public transportation, and art for that matter. After World War II, when the US wrecked havoc in the Philippines, they left behind their standard issue military jeeps. Being crafty & resourceful, Filipinos reused these jeeps and gave it the Filipino flip. With flamboyant decoration and crowded seating, the Jeepney has become a symbol for Philippine culture as well as the people's transportation. But now, flash forward to 2007, and southeast asia is forever changed because Greenpeace and GRIPP (Green Renewable Independent Power Producer) have helped to launch the electric jeepney. The Electric Jeepneys are part of an innovative project led by GRIPP to help reduce the use of fossil fuels and address urban problems like air pollution. Magaling! Excellent!
The ingenuity and individual creativity of the Jeepney has also inspired an urban clothing line from fellow Sea-town pinoys, called Jeepney clothing.