Manila, the capital of the Philippines is where the action’s at. And to get there you’d have to ride the city’s king of the road, the indomitable Jeepney.
These flamboyant public utility vehicles traces its origins from army jeeps used by the Americans during the Second World War. It has since been transformed into a mass transport; the body elongated to accommodate more passengers, the seats upholstered with colorful leather, the interiors filled with all sorts of knick knacks, and the exterior decorated with richly colored decals. A blaring stereo and a few metal horses on the hood completes Manila’s iconic transport.
It’s only fitting then that Starbuck’s Manila city mug chose the king of the road to represent the city. It fully embodies what Manila is; fast, historic, rowdy, flamboyant, loud, bohemian, and most of all, fun.
I only wish that I had waited and bought this at Starbucks Intramuros instead of getting it at their run-of-the-mill branch at the mall. It would have been much more fitting and memorable. Unfortunately, my over eagerness to complete the set got the better of me, ehehe.