Baguio City reopens with Philippine ‘Jeepito’ to boost tourism

Baguio City Jeepito
The Jeepito is an attraction that would add to the excitement of the people as they travel within the City of Pines. Photo credits to Trip ni Jeepito FB page.

Baguio City’s “Jeepito” – the World’s smallest Philippine Jeepney – is ready to boost the tourism sector in the Summer Capital of the country when it re-opens on September 22, 2020.

The mini-sized jeepney, created by former television host and a Baguio-native Ronald “Tonton” Tan in 2015, has been revived to help jumpstart the city’s tourism which has been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The promotional announcement was made on the “Trip ni Jeepito” Facebook page on September 16, 2020, saying, “Let’s together help the City’s Tourism and Economy rise again!”

‘Jeepito’ will travel and bring joy to different tourist spots in the city as an added attraction, allowing the locals and tourists to take a picture with it for free.

The country’s smallest jeepney is proudly painted with the colors of the Philippine flag as the “symbol of nationalism and a symbol of the country itself” – according to Ronald also known as “Papa Tsuper.”

‘Jeepito’ holds the smallest jeepney record because it measures 92 inches in length, 42 inches in width, and 55 inches in height with a four-person capacity including the driver.

“I think this is the perfect time na magbalik interes ang mga tao, at ang mga pupuntahan ng ‘Jeepito’ ay for sure certified tourist attractions na dapat natin puntahan,” said Tan.

(I think this is the perfect time to bring back the interest of the people, and the destinations of ‘Jeepito’ are for sure certified must-see tourist attractions)

The iconic jeepney is also a legally land transportation vehicle registered in the Land Transportation Office (LTO) under the category as a jeepney.

Filipinos have artistically-recreated the iconic Philippine jeepney by a recycled mini art by OFW architect Rowel Naanep.

The jeepney was also turned by Larry Gile into an eco-friendly art Planter project as a tribute to frontliners.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to Baguio City’s “Jeepito” for helping boost the tourism sector as the city re-opens to tourists.

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Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo was a contributor in the News Letter of her former agency and is currently a content writer on her church's website and social media platform. She is now a full-time housewife who wants to re-ignite her passion for writing.