Issue of January 3, 2016

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World’s smallest RP jeepney highlights Pinoy’s ingenuity
by Harley F. Palangchao

FILIPINO INGENUITY -- Baguio boy Tonton Papa Tan (r) presents the world’s smallest RP jeepney they personally designed and built to prove that Filipino ingenuity is very much alive. The jeep with a length of 92 inches and 42 inches in width and 55 inches in height can be maneuvered from 40 to 70 kph (Story on page 14) -- Harley Palangchao

The world’s smallest Philippine jeepney, which is an instant attraction in Baguio, highlights Filipino ingenuity.

“It is the smallest jeepney but like the Philippines, which one of the small countries but with amazing people, jeepito also represents Filipino ingenuity that we can create small but amazing things,” said Tonton Papa Tan, who designed the jeepney.

Jeepito is the perfect symbolism of our country because the jeepney is not just a nation’s symbol but just like the Philippines, jeepito is small but amazing,” Tan added.

Tan, a former TV host and a young businessman, designed jeepito in their private garage in Baguio then built it with Arnel Pacia for one month in their private garage in Mabalacat, Pampanga this year.

With a budget of P165,000, the jeep, with a total length of 92 inches and 42 inches in width and 55 inches in height, was built.

Tan also spent P50,000 for the registration of the smallest jeepney with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board for it to be street legal. The jeep can be maneuvered from 40 to 70 kilometers per hour.

The smallest jeep was built with three cylinders Suzuki multicab and customized from scap. It took time before it was finally built since finding a vintage stainless horse for its hood was difficult.

The idea of building the interesting creation came about when Tan wanted to share his blessings. At a young age, he is the owner of Philippine Property Central Realty and Development Inc.

“I decided to promote social responsibility by giving to charity such as orphanages and the homeless. Then, I had this idea that the best way to deliver charity to people is to add an extra reason for them to be excited and smile about. Delivering charity using jeepito would surely make people happier and more conscious about social responsibility,” he said.

His creation also became an instant tourism sensation in Baguio reason that its promotion is now part of his advocacy.

“I wish to clarify that this is not just about social responsibility and tourism promotion but also promoting everything that is good about our country including business that would elevate the lifestyle of our common Filipino citizen,” he added.

Jeepito, which won an unprecedented six awards in the recently concluded Baguio Auto Show, cannot be duplicated, as it is already patented one, copyrighted and trademarked under the Department of Trade and Industry and Intellectual Property Office.

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Pines City Colleges
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Baguio Center Mall
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Philex Mining Corporation
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