Hailing Midas...Taxi

Forget NYC's boring Yellows. Manila has the most creative (if sometimes weird) cab names. SPOT.ph spotted a few.

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.

glowingstone

GLOWING STONE cab. You have one in your trunk or is that what you affectionately call that slow thing you're driving?

goldenboy

GOLDEN BOY. Hardly.

ryokim

R YOKIM. This one just completely eludes me.

amando

AMANDO DE GUZMAN. Nothing's a better badge than one's own name emblazoned on his cab.

midas

MIDAS' TOUCH Taxi. Then you could probably afford a better car?

twasco

TWASCO (Transport Workers Alliance Services Cooperative).   Hmm… forgot the A after the T?

capehorn

CAPE HORN. Cape bleeding ears, more like it. Then again, maybe this is his superhero name.

dollar

$ TAXI. Liar. I do know you take Philippine Peso.

godmessage

GOD MESSAGE Taxi. Then you must be a safe and honest driver, and would never ask for unwarranted tips, right?

sturdy

STURDY HORSE. Now, this one I would be confident in taking.

sclovero

S.C. LOVERO Taxi. Cab driver, sweet lover?

myladd

MY LADD. Scottish?

sweetangel

SWEET ANGEL. Nothing sweet about your cab, sweetheart.

leilyn

LEI-LYN Taxi.   May I meet any of your daughters, or is Lei-Lyn just one person?

alive

ALIVE. Hey, it's better than naming your cab "Dead."

harar

HARAR Taxi. HARHAR seems more like it.

world

WORLD Taxi. I think we're being a little bit optimistic, my friend. Does this thing fly?

bethwin

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.

mamaril

C. MAMARIL Taxi. Part-time gun-for-hire?

ripatada

RIPATADA. As long as the first three letters don't stand for "Rest in peace"…

Photos by Coni Tejada

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