The Vatican finally released to the public a picture of the popemobile that Pope Francis will be using when he goes to the Philippines for an Apostolic Visit later this week.
The picture was uploaded in the official Twitter page of Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Social Communications early Saturday morning.
The idea of Pope Francis using a jeepney-inspired popemobile has been mentioned since August, especially on the heels of his trip to South Korea where he used a simple car produced by local brand Kia.
— VaticanCommunication (@PCCS_VA) January 9, 2015
The jeepney-inspired popemobile is painted entirely in white, and has chrome wheels. As requested by Pope Francis himself, it does not have a bulletproof glass separating which is intended to allow him to interact freely with the mammoth crowd that’s expected to follow him everywhere he goes.
The Papal insignia can be seen on the vehicle’s right side.
According to The Philippine Star, there will be two popemobiles to be used – one will be for his events in Manila while the other one will be used for his one-day sojourn to Leyte.
The one pictured above is apparently the one spotted by certain members of the media last Thursday.
The Filipino Scribe has learned from highly-placed sources that the other popemobile has been in the custody of the Archdiocese of Manila since December. The popemobile was assembled by Cavite-based Almazora Motors Corporations.
Meanwhile, motoring magazine Top GearPhilippines has reported that the popemobile to be used by Pope Francis for his visit to Tacloban City and Palo, Leyte was manufactured by Gencars Inc, a dealer of Isuzu cars in Makati, Laguna, and Cavite. This particular popemobile is based on Isuzu D-Max.