The Multi-Cabs in Cebu

By on April 1, 2009

A multi-cab is a utility vehicle in the Philippines and sold according to the function they are used for, which are pickup truck, van, and passenger types. The multi-cab’s body and parts originally came from service type vehicles used in Japan or South Korea. They disassemble the original vehicle when it becomes unserviceable and the body and parts are shipped to the Philippines.

Manufacturers here in Cebu then repair and assemble the body and parts to become the multi-cab that we see. The passenger type of multi-cab can hold 12 to 14 passengers with six to seven passengers seated on each side. The front seat of the multi-cab can seat one to two persons.

The multi-cabs in Metro Cebu and the province of Cebu either can be used for public passenger vehicles or used as light vans and trucks to carry light cargo and equipment. Just like the jeepneys, the multi-cabs come in different colors but are simpler in design and appearance.

An advantage of the multi-cab as a public transport is its ability to maneuver in traffic and in small and winding streets and roads because of its small size.

However, from my own personal experience that happens every day since I take two rides of multi-cabs in my three-ride trips of going to and coming home from work, it is usually not a comfortable ride especially during the summer season.

There is no air-conditioning similar to the jeepneys but I am in a cramped space much smaller than a jeepney and I have to sit knee to knee with the passengers.

If I am carrying a large knapsack bag or several plastic bags of groceries, I have to place them on my lap since putting them below me on the floor of the multi-cab would block the passengers who are alighting or disembarking from the vehicle.

I’m already used to all the discomforts of riding a multi-cab but there are times during the summer when I wish my multi-cab ride would be very fast so I would feel very windy, or how I wish I could afford to ride a an air-conditioned taxicab.

The multi-cab would especially be cramped and uncomfortable for tall people because there is not much elbow room for a tall person to stretch his legs and he/she really has to stoop lower so they would not hit their head on the multi-cab’s ceiling. That is why very few foreigners, especially those that are six-footers, would take a multi-cab when traveling in the city. They would either take a taxicab or take the slight comforts of the jeepney’s bigger space.

From what I have seen in Metro Cebu, you can usually see the routes of the multi-cabs in the Banilad to Talamban area in Cebu City going all the way to the Mandaue City Hall area. There is a sort of a multi-cab terminal in the intersection of A.S. Fortuna Street and A.C. Cortes Street in the Cebu South Highway. The multi-cabs there are the routes going to Lapu-Lapu City and Mactan, and to Danao City and other towns in the north.

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  1. Everything Cebu

    October 31, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Thanks for the information, Ferdinand.

  2. Ferdinand

    October 31, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    For multicab inquiries, txt or call this number: +63 917 350 1049
    We have available van types, duoble cabs and pick up.

  3. Everything Cebu

    September 19, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Hi, Clyde.

    Everything Cebu is not affiliated with multi-cab dealers. We think it is best for you to get in touch with the multi-cab dealers mentioned in the comments.

  4. Clyde Berry

    September 18, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    I am looking for a complete overhaul kit for a Mitsubishi model U42T
    engine 3G83 my e-mail is thank you.

  5. neekul

    December 29, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Hi Lynn!

    As mentioned, Everything Cebu is not selling multicabs. Try calling these manufacturers:

    Norkis Trading Company Inc.
    A S Fortuna St., Mandaue City
    +63 (032) 346-1411

    Suzuki Auto Cebu
    A S Fortuna St., Mandaue City
    +63 (032) 345-8898

  6. Lynn ver Sambalod

    December 28, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    how much is multicab passenger type with 8 seater?

  7. neekul

    November 24, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Hi Cecille! Everything Cebu is not selling multicabs.

    Try contacting these manufacturers:

    Norkis Trading Company Inc.
    A S Fortuna St., Mandaue City
    +63 (032) 346-1411

    Suzuki Auto Cebu
    A S Fortuna St., Mandaue City
    +63 (032) 345-8898

  8. Cecille Jacinto Cabidog

    November 23, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    how much is the prices of your multicab passengers type? and is there any installment basis of payments the said item?

  9. neekul

    September 13, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Hi Alibasa Papandayan, please read the previous comments as multicab manufacturers and contact numbers are posted. Thanks!

  10. Alibasa Papandayan

    September 13, 2011 at 6:16 AM

    Where can i find multicab body parts in Cebu? i want to buy bulk body parts to assemble in Mindanao for election use. Any one can give qoutation for the Head, Chasis and under chasis accessories? Please send information to my email ad.

  11. Danie Suan

    August 26, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Hi Clarisa. Just read your comments. I wish to help you with your needs. You should see the type of vehicles we are carrying. DFM Mini Auto. You may contact me anytime at 0917-951-0239 or 0939-197-5801

  12. tish

    June 22, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Hi, Clarisa. Here are two of the well-known multicab manufacturers in the province.

    Norkis Trading Company Inc.
    A S Fortuna St., Mandaue City
    +63 (032) 346-1411

    Suzuki Auto Cebu
    A S Fortuna St., Mandaue City
    +63 (032) 345-8898

  13. Clarisa Goyena

    May 18, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    Hi! I’m interested to buy 30 units of multicabs, can you please refer me to any manufacturers of passenger multicabs in Cebu. Please send me the contact numbers on my email add. Thanks

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