The Pinoy Transformers – Filipino Autobots & Decepticons

transportersThe Transformers, the animated television series, is a great example of exchange between Japan and the U.S.: written and recorded in the U.S. and originally animated by Japan’s famous Toei Animation studio. But what if the autobots landed in the Philippines?

In 2007, an anonymous graphic designer took a stab at what the robot warriors would look like. Yes, this is old news but because of the movie releases of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and the likes these images have resurfaced in emails, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And in comparing these to the America-inspired robots, they bring to light the connection between cars and cultural identity.

These vehicles, especially the infamous jeepney, are unique to the chaotic streets of the Philippines. Descriptions of the vehicles by Glich’s Life.

kagawadzzKAGAWADZZ – A Barangay is considered to be the smallest administrative division in the Philippines. It is headed by Barangay Officials, where 7 Barangay Councils or Barangay Kagawads are included. In the picture, the red vehicle is the one used by Kagawads and other officials when roaming around the Barangay.

sembreakerSEMBREAKER – In most schools in the Philippines, they run in semesters. It is a teaching period including 13 teaching weeks and a one week study period followed by examinations. After each semester, there is about one week of break called Sembreak.

optibusOPTIBUS PRIME – While the buses in Hong Kong are made of two stories, here in the Philippines it’s only one. This is widely used by many, especially when commuting to provinces accessible by land.

bumblejeepBUMBLEJEEPJeepneys are one of the trademarks that you are in the Philippines. With gazillions of them running down the streets and making it so traffic, one would surely recognize them.

colorumCOLORUM – This is the term called to those public transportation vehicles such as buses and FX’s operating without a franchise, which simply means that they are illegally transferring passengers from one point to another.


BARRICAB – Taxi or what is also called as Cab is another public commuting vehicle that other countries also have. It’s very prominent to those people who don’t want to ride a public vehicle with other strangers with them. This costs more than other transportation vehicles, with Php40 as its base rate and an increase of Php3.50 every after several seconds or minutes.

boundary BOUNDARYTricycles are the three-wheeled vehicles usually used when commuting from one place to another within a short distance. It makes use of a motorcycle attached with something for 2-3 passengers to be accommodated. Their initial earnings called boundaries are what they pay to the owners of the tricycle they are driving, while the rest of their earnings after a certain amount has been reached goes to the drivers already.

megatren MEGATREN – Mega is a prefix meaning large or huge; Tren when translated into English means Train, so Megatren stands for Big Trains (i.e. MRT and LRT). This is one of the most popular transportation vehicles Filipinos use, because it’s fast and easily accessible to almost all of the key cities in Manila.


About Kalongkong Hiker

I am Paolo Mercado for 20 years I've been riding a bike, walking a lot and running a lot. I am Kalongkong Hiker, a trail runner, mountaineer and a biker that can also write a blog of my travels, adventures and places that I visited through walking, running and biking. I write to encourage others to stay healthy and fit. #KeepOnRunning #ShareTheRoad #KalongkongHiker
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