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EXCLUSIVE: The Truth Behind the Fake Taxi in the PH

The buzz surrounding the infamous Fake Taxi roaming around Metro Manila has now been cleared up.

In an exclusive interview, The Dailypedia learned details about the vehicle which intrigued many netizens when a photo of the Fake Taxi vehicle went viral on social media.

Read: SPOTTED: Fake Taxi is now in the Philippines

As it turns out, the “Fake Taxi” is just an ordinary car with a logo decal of the infamous pornography site on it. The black Honda Jazz belongs to John Joseph Barlaan, a financial analyst from Taguig City.

John Joseph Barlaan poses with his uniquely pimped out ride.
John Joseph Barlaan poses with his uniquely pimped out ride.

Barlaan named his car “Pepe” after Philippine national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal when he bought it on December 30, 2012 (Rizal’s death anniversary). He then put the decal of Fake Taxi, exactly how it looked in the original ones to make it stand out. And stand out it did.

Pepe getting his decal on. Photo credit: John Joseph Barlaan
Pepe getting his decal on. Photo credit: John Joseph Barlaan
One of the original Fake Taxi vehicles from Europe. Photo credit: Michael Squirrel
One of the original Fake Taxi vehicles from Europe. Photo credit: Michael Squirrel

Barlaan would often post photos of “Pepe” around parts of Metro Manila, much to the curiosity of netizens. Not surprisingly, when Barlaan would post photos of the car with the Fake Taxi logo and captions with the car’s name, the sexual undertones further intrigued netizens. After all, the word “pepe” is associated with female genitals in the Filipino language.

On our way to Evangelista ... A lot of students were looking at my Pepe... I wonder why. Photo credit: John Joseph Barlaan
Captioned “On our way to Evangelista … A lot of students were looking at my Pepe… I wonder why.” Photo credit: John Joseph Barlaan

In one photo, Barlaan posted, “UBER or Grab a car? San kaya mas okey ipasok si Pepe? I heard from a friend maganda daw kita nya [UBER or Grab a car? I wonder where Pepe should go. I heard from a friend he earns well.]” This revolved around the idea that Fake Taxi pays for women prostitutes to perform lewd acts inside the real Fake Taxis with porn actor drivers, acting as if they will pay with sex instead of money.

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Captioned, “UBER or Grab a car? San kaya mas okey ipasok si Pepe? I heard from a friend maganda daw kita nya [UBER or Grab a car? I wonder where Pepe should go. I heard from a friend s/he earns well.]” Photo credit: John Joseph Barlaan
Barlaan clarified that he only put the decals on just for the fun of it. He said he was fully aware of the website and the “shows” it produces before he went ahead and pimped his car in this unique way. He is not in any way affiliated with the real Fake Taxi company.

It’s really quite funny, though, to see how excited people were when the first photos of Pepe first started appearing in social media. It’s also interesting to see how many were easily able to identify the logo and know what it meant. This meme, though, just about sums it all up.


Translation: Do you want a free ride? Ask me how. Photo credit: Pogi Problems

Written by KM Viray

Government employee from 8 to 5. Writer in between hours. Mom all day everyday.

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