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.