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The kuliglig is a great example of Filipino ingenuity: getting the job done by whatever means neccessary!
Kuligligs can be used to haul just about anything, and they're often piled high with cargo or packed full with passengers.
The Filipino people have devised many cheap ways to strap an engine to some tires and call it a vehicle. If you've ever seen the movie 'Mad Max', you can sometimes get a similar feeling!
These are probably inventions you didn’t know existed in the Philippines, inventions for transportation that would probably make you pray for whatever they are carrying. That is why it’s fun to travel in the Philippines, the actual traveling itself is part of the experience! You get to experience different modes of transportation, both safe and unsafe. Sometimes, you’ll be amazed by the invention ideas these people come up with, anything that can pass for a vehicle and carry something (peope or obejcts) are used to earn a living. Although, these traveling options are sometimes the only way of getting to a certain place, especially those with steep passages.
Of course, Badladz Resorts won’t actually make you experiece this side of living in the Philippines. Plan your travel in the Philippines with us and we’ll make sure you don’t have to worry about how dangerous those inventions are, you’ll forget them as soon as you get the Badladz experience!
Even with all the 'sketchy' vehicle options, you'll still be getting around Manila largely in taxis. Here's a few tips to about getting ripped off by your taxi driver!
1. Never put your luggage or bags in the trunk. If you sit in the front of the car and get dropped off at your location, it's all too easy for a taxi driver to drive by you and make off with your stuff.
2. Make sure your driver turns on the meter. If your taxi driver refuses to turn on the meter then he is trying to rip you off!
3. Have Google Maps on your phone while driving if possible.
0:02 So this is how everything arrives in Manila, in a jeep like this. Then you have to take it somewhere else.
0:13 These people are obviously picking up coconuts. This contraption is a tribute to Philippine engineering. There, he’s wrapping the starter cord around it, he’s gonna pull and start that up. This was named after a small noisy insect.
0:29 This is called a kuliglig. And you can see where it got its name. There are lots of them. This is the market area in Tonda. This is how they move everything around. Homemade, unlicensed, unregistered, uninsured.
0:50 People, cargo, see that guy texting on his.
1:05 These things are tough. Those are just a little honda motor on them. Oftentimes the color will designate where it runs, like a root designation. All different shapes and sizes.
1:27 Here’s something a little quieter. Pedicabs, they’re called. And you can see the loads they put on them: cargo, people. Nice thing about them? Nice and quiet. No pollution. Something to be said for that in a city like Manila.
1:58 And they’ve got no brakes. This is another cargo vehicle. Notice the wooden wheels. They’re still unloading the same truck onto that cart. This is part of a coconut tree. Inside is a vegetable.
2:17 These things carry a lot of weight, and again, make no noise, no pollution. But they are not all created equal. This guy is selling food, this guy is collecting bottles. Motorcycles can also be used for cargo. and I’m guilty of this as well. That’s me. This is my bike the day I shot this video.
2:43 No rules. Then you add a sidecar to your motorcycle and you can carry even more! Look at this stuff. People, cargo, anything you want. That’s an old one right there. And then there’s human power. Just like this, this is in Divisoria.
3:13 These guys are doing it hard getting through traffic like this. And, of course, no brakes. Whenever you’re thinking that you’ve got a tough life, come on and get a job here. Do this all day for $10, 12 hours work.
3:46 Yeah, this is no fun. Look as these guys, huh? They’re lean, they’re fit. And uphill’s a bitch. Look at this guy. His job is to walk around all day and try to sell stuff.
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