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Los Angeles, California

Obscura Day 2016: Jeepney Tour of Historic Filipinotown

Take a ride on a vintage Philippine Jeepney to explore LA's Historic Filipinotown.

Join the Los Angeles Obscura Society on Obscura Day for a guided tour of Historic Filipinotown in a colorful and kitschy jeep shuttle.

Jeepneys originated in the Philippines after WWII, when military jeeps left behind by American troops were converted into colorful jitneys for public transportation, and are now the most popular form of transportation in the Philippines today. These open-air shuttles expose their passengers to car exhaust, dust, heat, and humidity — but what they lack in comfort, they make up for in convenience.

Our hour-long tour through the "HiFi" district in an authentic antique jeepney will be led by the Pilipino Workers Center, a non-profit organization that advocates for workers' rights and services for immigrants in the LA area. As we pass murals, churches, and a number of Filipino-run local small businesses, we'll learn about the history of this LA ethnic enclave that's the only one in the world outside of the Philippines officially dedicated to honoring Filipinos.

Filipinos are the largest ethnic Asian population in LA County, but because the Philippine diaspora tends to quickly assimilate with the local population, they aren't as visible as other Asian communities. However, their roots go back to the 16th century when the Spanish Galleon trade route opened between Mexico and the Philippines. The first Asian in California (then part of Mexico) was a Filipino!

Notes for this adventure:

- There are two time slots available; 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

- Capacity is extremely limited!

- No children under age 12.

- Bring your cameras and juice up your phones! Photography and video are encouraged. #obscuraday

- A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the the Pilipino Workers Center.

- Street parking available.

- A signed liability waiver will be required from all attendees.

Advance ticket sales only. All sales are final.

Spend the day with us! Browse the LA Schedule to plan your day.

After a full day of exploring, join us for an after-party at Valley Relics w/ DJ Mukta Mohan & Magician Siegfried Tieber! Celebrate adventure with your fellow explorers, surrounded by retro signage and other modern commercial antiquities.