Hand-painted Jeepney Signage
Hand-painted Jeepney Signage
Hand-painted Jeepney Signage
Hand-painted Jeepney Signage
Hand-painted Jeepney Signage
Hand-painted Jeepney Signage
Hand-painted Jeepney Signage
Hand-painted Jeepney Signage
Hand-painted Jeepney Signage
Hand-painted Jeepney Signage
Hand-painted Jeepney Signage

Hand-painted Jeepney Signage

Regular price $40.00 CAD
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Product Features

These unique jeepney signages are hand-painted by Kuya Edwin Tayao, an expert jeepney signage artist based in Tondo, Metro Manila. This creation is part of Project Para Boss by Pop Junk Love and Common Room PH, an initiative dedicated to revitalizing the traditional art of signage painting in the Philippines. 

Dimensions: 7.25 x 3.25 inches

Important Information

  • Each signage features a different colour scheme for the text, so the one you receive may not match the photos exactly. Throughout this project, Kuya Edwin had the freedom to choose the colours for each signage, adding to the unique beauty of each piece.

  • Like any handmade art, these hand-painted jeepney signages may have minor flaws such as chipped paint, smudges, or small dents due to the nature of the craft and the environment in which they are created. Each sign is manually dried in outdoor spaces, making them naturally exposed to the elements during creation.

  • Made from PVC/Sintra plastic board, these signages should be kept out of direct sunlight.

  • The actual colour of the signage may appear lighter or darker than in photos due to lighting conditions or screen resolution differences.

The Cultural Significance of Jeepneys 

Born from the aftermath of World War II, Jeeps, or Public Utility Jeepneys, have become a cultural icon and a vital, affordable transportation mode for over 40% of commuters in Metro Manila and many provinces across the Philippines. Dubbed the hari ng kalsada (king of the road), jeepneys traverse routes that limited transportation options don't cover, providing an indispensable service. Along with jeepneys comes their art, particularly their hand-painted signage.

The exact origins of jeepney signages are not well-documented, but they are believed to draw deep inspiration from the letter paintings on kalesas (horse-drawn carriages) and the carts of roaming sorbeteros (ice cream vendors) in the streets of Metro Manila. These eye-catching signages serve not only to provide directions but also as a form of artistic expression - a truly remarkable piece of Philippine culture.

PISTON has been at the forefront of the #NoToJeepneyPhaseOut campaign, opposing the unjust PUV Modernization program in the Philippines. They fight to promote and advance the basic demands of Filipino transport workers for decent and stable work, livable income, freedom of association, and all their economic and democratic rights.

Learn more about the struggles of Filipino jeepney workers through PISTON's work and our blogs.

20% of the proceeds from this product collection support PISTON's mission to advocate for a just and pro-people Philippine transport system.

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