Only in the Philippines will you find jeeps that tell stories of bravery, love, heartache, and triumph. Standing by the roadside, one will be amazed by the riot of colours and designs painstakingly painted onto these icons of Philippine culture known as "jeepneys”. But did you know why they are called jeepneys?
The word is actually a portmanteau of the words jeep and knees in allusion to how the knees of jeepney passengers sitting across each other tend to touch.
This little nugget of history is part of the information one will learn at the Quezon City Experience (QCX), an interactive museum in Quezon City. For a fee of PhP150, the museum is a perfect place for families to bond and learn at the same time at a reasonable price.
Discounted rates are offered to students, senior citizens, and QC residents.
The museum, which opened in November 9, 2015, rests in a two-hectare property within the Quezon City Memorial Circle (QCMC), Quezon City. It consists of five circular buildings called pods that were built around the trees growing in the area. No trees were cut during construction of the pods to keep in line with the city’s thrust to go green.
There are 16 galleries in the museum so you’ll probably need an entire afternoon to complete the tour.