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Cab names are likely to become the next gen Pinoy pop statement, like catchy phrases on the mudguards of Manila's ubiquitous jeepneys. Curious, I parked myself at a taxi bay at one of the local malls and snapped a few of them.
GLOWING STONE cab. You have one in your trunk or is that what you affectionately call that slow thing you're driving?
GOLDEN BOY. Hardly.
R YOKIM. This one just completely eludes me.
AMANDO DE GUZMAN. Nothing's a better badge than one's own name emblazoned on his cab.
MIDAS' TOUCH Taxi. Then you could probably afford a better car?
TWASCO (Transport Workers Alliance Services Cooperative). Hmm… forgot the A after the T?
CAPE HORN. Cape bleeding ears, more like it. Then again, maybe this is his superhero name.
$ TAXI. Liar. I do know you take Philippine Peso.
GOD MESSAGE Taxi. Then you must be a safe and honest driver, and would never ask for unwarranted tips, right?
STURDY HORSE. Now, this one I would be confident in taking.
S.C. LOVERO Taxi. Cab driver, sweet lover?
MY LADD. Scottish?
SWEET ANGEL. Nothing sweet about your cab, sweetheart.
LEI-LYN Taxi. May I meet any of your daughters, or is Lei-Lyn just one person?
ALIVE. Hey, it's better than naming your cab "Dead."
HARAR Taxi. HARHAR seems more like it.
WORLD Taxi. I think we're being a little bit optimistic, my friend. Does this thing fly?
BETHWIN Trans. Beth won this taxi at a poker game? But hey, operator is E.A. Aliwalas. Maybe this is what Mr. Aliwalas is doing "bethwin" jobs.
C. MAMARIL Taxi. Part-time gun-for-hire?
RIPATADA. As long as the first three letters don't stand for "Rest in peace"…
Photos by Coni Tejada
Seen any funny names of taxis lately? Tell us below!