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Did You Know? Sponge Cola’s Hit Song "Jeepney" Was Originally A School Project

It’s safe to say Filipinos have a love-hate relationship with the jeepney or jeep as we call it. It’s one of the most practical ways to travel, but it’s also a challenging part of the commute, especially during the rush hour. 

Yet many Filipinos have fond memories and experiences to share about riding the jeep. Sponge Cola’s hit song Jeepney captures one of those stories. “The inspiration was our trips from Katipunan to UP,” says the song’s composer, Datu Pendatun, in a Summit OG exclusive interview. 

“What I’ve liked doing ever since was to watch people. I suppose that was one of the reasons why I enjoyed jeepney rides because I would observe people,” he explained. 

From observing commuters’ habits while inside the jeep, Datu came up with the story of two people and how their jeepney rides became a silent witness to how their relationship began and ended. 

But did you know that the song was originally a school project?  

“We were high school friends,” Datu explained. “In that school, they asked us to write different things, from plays, to scripts for films, poetry. So, one of the projects was a song. It was a school project.” 

Ako ‘yung naglagay ng melody dun sa Jeepney,” Yael Yuzon said. “Ang nangyari noon, nanalo siya ng poetry writing contest. ‘Yung winning poet, pina-perform sa kanya, poetry reading.”  

May banda na kami noon,” he said. “Paano kung imbis na basahin ‘yung tula, paano kung gawin na lang nating kanta?” And here, as they say, the rest is history. 

Watch the full interview: Sponge Cola's hit song "Jeepney" was originally a school project

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