If you think you've seen all sorts of "tiny", think again. Meet Jeepito, the world's smallest Philippine jeepney!
In an exclusive interview with Summit OG, owner Ronald "Tonton" Tan said that "Jeepito was made in 2015." Ronald also owns the "Tank House", which is an old water tank that he turned into the tiniest home in Baguio City. According to Ronald, "Almost seven years nang nagpapasaya si Jeepito." The tiny jeep measures at only 92 inches long, 42 inches wide, and 55 inches tall.
It has all the well-known designs of the regular-sized Pinoy jeepney—from the iconic horse on the hood to the spare tire on the driver's side. He added, "Ano pang hindi puwedeng mawala? 'Pag driver ka, dapat meron kang tuwalya."
Ronald and his team built Jeepito for only two months. They spent an estimate of P160,000 to make it. "Dapat nga mas mura ang nagastos namin dito pero [we made sure] na maging street-legal siya at kumpletong-kumpleto," he explained.
Four people, including the driver, can comfortably sit inside Jeepito. "Actually, puwede pa nating gawing lima 'yan," Ronald joked. "Yung isa, sasabit sa likod."
Jeepito's main purpose is to spread good vibes. Every year at Christmas, Ronald thinks of a way to make a Jeepito ride exciting. He does admit that their rides during the holidays have changed because of the pandemic. "Dati, kapag umiikot kami para mamigay ng goodies, welcome lahat para lumapit [at] magpa-picture. Walang limitations," he mentioned. "Pero ngayon, as much as we'd like to do that, lahat ng tao ay limited na."
Jeepito has been around the Philippines since it was built. It has been to Metro Manila, Tuguegarao, Cagayan, and many more. "Si Jeepito ay madalas nai-invite sa mga iba't ibang shows, sa mga iba't ibang parades. Napakaraming memorable moments na [ang] na-experience namin ni Jeepito," Ronald said.
Watch the full Summit OG interview below to see all the adventures Tonton and Jeepito have been on, plus the celebrities that have already experienced a ride on the world's smallest Pinoy jeepney.
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