Pinoy graffiti artists recreate the iconic jeepney

By Kaye Mangabat

PASAY CITY, METRO MANILA – Four friends joined forces and lent their artistry in recreating a timeless Filipino icon – the jeepney.

Karl Gustav, Nemo Aguila, Russel and Epjey Pacheco have come together in support of the Jeepney Art Festival, a project of Hop-On Hop-Off Travel Inc. operating jeepney tours in the metro.

The said contest, held at the SM Mall of Asia, offered as much as 30,000 pesos as reward for the winning design.

“The jeepney is a very practical form of transportation. We cannot imagine Manila without the jeepney,” Epjey, who goes by his artist alter-ego “Egg Fiasco”, says in Filipino.

Epjey adds they were not really after the cash prize but more so, because they are all fascinated at “jeepney art”. They also considered this event as an “art jam” and bonding moment since they all live together.

They also consider the Jeepney Art Festival as their means of training as graffiti artists. “This is sort of our version of graffitti you can find in train or subway stations in New York,” Epjey adds.

Participants in the contest were encouraged to highlight the Department of Tourism’s slogan “It’s more fun in the Philippines”.

“When you hear jeepney, the first thing you will think of is the Philippines. There’s nothing like it anywhere in the world,” Epjey says.

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