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    Posted May 5, 2012 by
    San Diego, California
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Eye on the Philippines

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     KarlGrobl leads photography tours around the world. He says Jeepneys are public taxis in the Philippines. 'They are a thrown back of the American Jeep. They look like Jeeps in the front, but they are stretched out,' he says. He says people in the area hop onto the back of Jeepneys for about 20 U.S. cents for a quick ride. 'They are very ornately decorated. There are all sorts of festive images from the Virgin Mary to Michael Jackson just painted on these taxis,' he says.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Throughout the Philippines, Jeepneys are the most popular means of public transportation. They were originally made from US military jeeps left over from World War II and are known for their flamboyant decoration and crowded seating.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 ubiquitous symbol of Philippine culture. The word jeepney is a combination of “jeep” and “Jitney”. The locals always get a kick out of seeing a foreigner using the traditional means of transport.
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