By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (March 24, 2022) – In Issue 2022-058 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn of a unique mode of transportation in the Philippines.

Home of the Jeepney

The Philippines – with a population of about one third of the US living on over 7000 islands in the Pacific.

This island nation has 19 recognized regional languages.  Most people speak one or all three of the more common languages used: Tagalog, Spanish and English.

The Spanish colonized then controlled the islands from 1565 to 1898.  They ceded the Philippines to the US in 1898 as an outcome of the Spanish-American War.  Then in 1934 on this day President Roosevelt signed the Independence Act, granting the Philippines full independence, after a decade long transitionary period, on July 4, 1946. 

So, what is a Jeepney?  It is a common public transport in Manila and other larger cities – a converted Jeep or truck that is all decked out.  Hop on, hop off. 

Here is Crowell’s map of the Philippines from 1899.

Map of the Philippines – 1899 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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