It is common in a cash strapped economy to make things last longer than their normal life expectancy, and/or to fabricate stuff yourself. Such is the life of vehicles in this country. Today we visit a body builder to pick up the family truck, a 1996 Mazda pickup. The body has been completely redone. While there, we interview the owner about his business and his art.
Roel Peito Owner 888 Body Shop, Lamac, Consolacion, Cebu
Rowls family business has only been in existence for about two years, but he learned his trade from his father and grandfather.
Tamaraw style jeep being built from scratch by hand to customer specifications.
The owner takes a photo of his work
The rebuilt Mazda
Jeepneys are very colorful works of art and individual expression, often mimicking popular phrases, songs or movies in their designs -- a virtual art car parade in a bus.
Family in a tricycle
being shy in a bakeshop
There's a bakeshop on every corner it seems
Even far away, the camera elicits a smile
Raintree Mall, so named because it has a large old tree growing in the center of it
Jollibee Burger franchise, largest in the Philippines
There seems to be no word for overloaded here. The joke goes, how much can that carry.... just one more....
City street sweeper
Traditional American style Jeepney
Street procession for a patron saint
Finally... I have my handy dandy google calender with all the upcoming events in the area and beyond...
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