Only in the Philippines: Foreigner Holds on to the Back Part of a Moving, Crowded PUJ


The man has been identified as a Mormon missionary.

Jeepneys, sometimes called simply jeeps, are the most popular means of public transportation in the Philippines. They are known for their crowded seating and kitsch decorations, which have become a ubiquitous symbol of Philippine culture and art. Unfortunately, it has also become the platform for unlawful acts and Filipino people showing their rudeness.

In the Philippines, it is common to see passengers holding on to the back part of the crowded jeep, while others sit on along the jeep’s doorway. This is definitely illegal, but it has become more of a ‘practice’, especially when people get late for work or school. Since it has become so common, even tourists and visitors tend to do the same thing, especially when they have been in the Philippines for quite some time.

Facebook user Kevin Fabros was caught in a traffic jam a noticed a foreigner holding on to the back of a moving PUJ, while other passengers clung onto the jeep’s entrance. The man was later identified as ‘Elder Dean’ by fellow church members in the comment section and is believed to be a Mormon missionary.

Netizens believe that his companion (probably a Filipino) stayed inside, and left the foreigner to hold on for dear life. However, netizens also pointed out how tall the man was, making it probably hard to squeeze inside a crowded jeep.

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