This 5-year-old boy is a master of Metro Cebu jeepney codes

Ryan Macasero
This 5-year-old boy is a master of Metro Cebu jeepney codes
(UPDATED) Need to know what jeepneys to ride to reach your destination in Metro Cebu? This 5-year-old probably knows the answer.

CEBU CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – If you’re asking for commuting directions by jeep in Metro Cebu, you’re most likely going to get an answer in a series of numbers and letters. These are the jeepney codes of Metro Cebu.

The code for the route between SM City Cebu and Barangay Lahug, for example, is 04F.

A Facebook video posted on August 27 by Jewish Araneta, the boy’s godmother, shows a 5-year-old boy who has mastered these codes and could give you directions anywhere in Metro Cebu, but using the jeepney codes.

“If I need to go to Talamban, what should I ride?” the woman in the video asks the boy in Cebuano.

The boy gives her 6 choices. While simultaneously playing cell phone games, he answers, “13C, 13B, 62C, 62B, 13H, 13I.”

She then asks him the routes for several other locations and he confidently tells her the route names and which jeeps to transfer to.

According to Renan Elcullada, the boy’s father, he learned the jeepney routes by asking his parents every time he sees a route number when they’re riding a taxi or car.

“He would draw cars and jeeps with matching body numbers or sign boards and ask us the proper spelling of the destination like Labangon etc…,” he said. “Whenever he sees a jeep, he really asks.”

The video has 39,000 views and a little over 700 shares as of posting time.



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Ryan Macasero

Ryan covers social welfare for Rappler. He started at Rappler as social media producer in 2013, and later took on various roles for the company: editor for the #BalikBayan section, correspondent in Cebu, and general assignments reporter in the Visayas region. He graduated from California State University, East Bay, with a degree in international studies and a minor in political science. Outside of work, Ryan performs spoken word poetry and loves attending local music gigs. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmacasero or drop him leads for stories at