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The Popemobile Jeepney to be used by Pope Francis

The Popemobile to be used by Pope Francis during his visit here in the Philippines the Jeepney inspire, a symbol of Filipino ingenuity. Contributed Photo from Inquire.net

The Popemobile which Pope Francis will ride during his three-day visit to the Philippines next week January 15 to 19 will not be enclosed in bulletproof glass unlike the one used by Pope John Paul II in Manila in 1995, according to Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.

The white popemobile is built on a brand-new jeepney chassis, converted to a secure platform to give the faithful a good view of the Pontiff. It is every inch a Philippine jeepney, from the long bumper with steel “bull bar” up front, to the stainless steel strips adorning the sides, to the checkered plate metal step at the rear and it's not bullet proof. The papal coat of arms and the emblem of the Society of Jesus will be installed on the hood, roof, and on the sides. A glass cross painstakingly sculpted by Ramon Orlina will also be placed on the popemobile.

Pope Francis is known for steering clear from using luxury cars and he reminds the priests to think of the needy whenever they plan on riding extravagant vehicles. Since he was a cardinal, and even now that he is pope, he continues to ride the public transportation

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What is Jeepney Art?

The Art of using the Jeep Body as the Canvas. The multi-colored Vinyl Stickers are cut-out like puzzle and pasted together as an image to complete the design. Enamel paint are also use in hand painting or Airbrushes being used as ways to design these Pinoy Jeepneys are called the JEEPNEY ART

What Is An Electric Jeepney?

The 10 to 12-seater electric-powered version of the vehicle that has its origin in surplus US Army jeep. The e-Jeepneys are powered by five-horsepower electric motor engines with 12 batteries that, at full capacity, allow the vehicles to run 120 to 140 kilometers at around 40 kilometers per hour.

Jeepneys of Manila

Jeepney or Jeep 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 They were originally made from US military jeeps left over from World War II and are well known for their flamboyant decoration and crowded seating. They have also become a symbol of Philippine culture. Now produced from Chassis and Surplus Diesel Engines from Japan. Made by Filipino Craftsman by hands from the body assemble to a perfect piece of art Called the Jeepney Art

 

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