Inside the rural jeepney

Inside the rural jeepney

Sleeping while seated on a Bulusan bound jeepney is a common occurrence. The trip is almost an hour from Gubat town.

After viewing Elmer’s excellent black and white  photo of a commuter scene inside a jeepney in Manila http://elmervalenzuela.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/journeys-end/, I was inspired enough to post my rural version. My amateurish compositions though  only aim  to  show the contrast of a jeepney ride experience in the rural  areas as compared to Manila’s jeepney commuter’s ride.

Both are no doubt interesting studies of the Philippine jeepney as a public transport system in separate locations.

Photos: Alma P. Gamil
in Bulusan and Barcelona, Sorsogon, Philippines

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Front seat view

A pause from the hard toil for this farmer was an unintended pose with Mt. Bulusan as backdrop for a passing jeepney with a shutterbug passenger – me.

Taking the jeepney ride is one of the rural experiences I cherish lately. The tropical colors of green and blue flashes like shifting giant panoramic TV screen scenes as my  jeepney commute rolls from my hometown Bulusan to Gubat with the town of Barcelona sandwiched in between.

Every trip is a kind of adventure in itself. In fact I look forward to the bimonthly jeepney commute and wish it could be more.  I really enjoyed every jeepney ‘journey’ literally. For these trips the destination is not the most enjoyable part – it is  what lies along the road. . . or it is just my uncanny ability to find happiness from the most ordinary. Call it as ‘mababaw ang kaligayahan’ because admittedly I belong to that group.

The photos show what I’m talking about – snapped along the road from the Poblacion to the countryside of Bulusan, Barcelona and Gubat town center. All of these photos were taken while I’m comfortably seated at the  front seat of the jeepney beside the driver’s seat.

Jeepney public commute from Bulusan to Gubat town is daily and runs from early morning up to around 2 o’clock in the afternoon.  Jeepney fare is 38 pesos one way- Bulusan to Gubat town.

Photos: Alma P. Gamil