MD Juan Joins The MVPA USA Convention

ImageThere was a show of force by military vehicle enthusiasts and military vehicle parts suppliers during the recent annual convention of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) at Portland, Oregon, USA. On display were a large number of vintage military vehicles such as DUKWs, mules, military Dodge trucks, half trucks and the old, reliable Jeeps.

 MD Juan Enterprises, the ultimate source of Jeep restoration and replacement bodies and parts worldwide was very visible in the show through its two US distributors. Ron Fitzpatrick of Ron Fitzpatrick Jeep parts had about ten tables displaying various Jeep parts, many of them made-in-the-Philippines MD Juan products. Ron Fitzpatrick is MD Juan’s distributor for the West Coast. The East Coast distributor, Daryl Bensinger and wife Lida of D and L Bensingers were also present in the show.Image

 

The MVPA Annual Convention is the largest international military vehicle display and swap meet in the USA. Each summer, MV enthusiasts from around the world gather to view many of the finest vintage military vehicles from all eras, talk with the experts, find the right parts, attend technical seminars, join in activities, tours and events for the whole family, meet new friends who share common interests and renew old friendships.

Established in 1976, the non-profit MVPA is dedicated to providing an international organization for military vehicle enthusiasts, historians, preservationists and collectors interested in the acquisition, restoration, preservation, safe operation and public education of historic military vehicles. Today, it has over 8,000 members worldwide, including nearly 100 affiliate groups from around the world.

ImageDaryl Bensinger notes that this year, there were more vendors of military vehicle spare parts and various militaria items compared to last year. “But what was more noticeable was the increase in brand-new reproduction parts in the usually surplus-heavy MVPA shows. Jeep enthusiasts are still a growing community but the surplus or used parts market is getting thinner. It is a good thing MD Juan is here to make sure the MV restoration hobby will go on”.

Ron Fitzpatrick says that from a body tub perspective, it is the body tub and sheet metal parts that are first to rot and rust out in a WW2 Jeep or any vintage military vehicle for that matter. “However, not everyone has the technical capability to do metal work and is skilled at welding. For these Jeep enthusiasts, MD Juan tubs and parts are the best option. They have a full line of authentic Jeep tubs and parts from the WW2 Willys and Ford GPW to Civilian Jeeps from CJ2A to CJ7″.Image

The ability to come up with a wide range of authentic Jeep bodies and parts is a result of MD Juan getting more active in the various online Jeep fora for both military and civilian Jeeps. “To be more in touch with our end users, we have recently been more involved in the various online Jeep fora worldwide. This has enabled us to hear out our customers better and has been a rich source of ideas for new products and product improvements”, says MD Juan Enterprises CEO/GM Rommel Juan.

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Rommel T, Juan
General Manager
M.D. Juan Enterprises, Inc.
No. 2 Susano Road, Deparo, Novaliches, Caloocan City, Philippines 1420
Tel.no. (632) 930-8012 ; 930-7003
http://www.mdjuan.com.ph/ infor@mdjuan.com.ph;sales.mdjuan@gmail.com

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Jeep Body Builder Meets The Jeep Community In The USA

MD Juan  -BobRommelBobKeithNothing beats the thrill and excitement of being with people who share your passion and love for jeeps. These were the feelings of Rommel Juan, chief executive officer of MD Juan Enterprises, the Philippine-based manufacturer of replacement jeep bodies and parts as he shared lots of light moments with fellow jeep enthusiasts in a recent jeepers reunion.

For the first time, MD Juan Enterprises was recently invited to attend and make a technical presentation at the 21st Annual Spring Midwest Willys Jeep Reunion last May 17-19, 2013 at the Clarion Inn and Convention Center at Hudson, Ohio, USA.

“This is the first time that we have attended a reunion of civilian jeep enthusiasts of this magnitude. Over 100 restored civilian jeeps were on exhibit and we were pleasantly surprised when seven of them approached us to show us their jeeps restored using our body tubs and parts. One of them, Dave, even proudly exhibited right beside our booth his vintage Willys MB jeep that was restored using an MD Juan body tub”, he says.MD  Juan Parking Lot

“We were also here to show the jeepers who are in the various jeep fora the improvements that we have done on our products as a result of their suggestions. They tell us what is wrong with our products, we validate then implement. Another good thing that came out of our joining and interacting with them is that we get suggestions on new products that we could possibly develop for the jeep restoration industry. We have thus come to extend our gratitude to these guys”.

MD Juan, through one of its dealers, Daryl Bensinger, also exhibited an improved version of the CJ2A master kit incorporating all of the product improvements resulting from the interaction. It also showcased in its booth some civilian jeep parts and accessories, including a Mini Jeep that was immediately bought.

In the afternoon, Rommel and MD Juan Deputy GM Bong Cruz delivered a presentation to an SRO crowd, with a few even unable to get into the tightly-packed room. Rommel presented a video about MD Juan since its founding by his grandfather Maximino D. Juan in 1967. Bong made a technical presentation on the various product improvements done and new products developed since the last five months that Rommel has joined the various jeep fora.

“We are happy that through this reunion, we were given an opportunity to introduce our company to our end-users. We realized our importance in the jeep restoration market when we saw our jeep bodies and parts actually used in preserving the heritage of the jeep. This inspires us even more to continue improving our products and developing new ones”, says Bong after the presentation.

MD JuanRommel adds that they were privileged to have learned from the unbelievably knowledgeable people at the CJ2A forum. “On the other hand, they were amazed at the extent of our production capabilities and the scale by which we were doling it back home. They learned that we have professionals running our company and that our production equipment and facilities are relatively high-technology. But what delighted us even more was that they were very willing to give us samples of parts that we can reverse engineer and develop”.

“From our end, we learned a lot from the show in terms of how to further improve our tubs and what else the market is asking for. All in all, we had a lot of fun and we look forward to the next Willys Jeep Reunion”, he concludes.

 

Rommel T, Juan
General Manager
Tel.no. +63922-8174869

M.D. Juan Enterprises, Inc.
No. 2 Susano Road, Deparo, Novaliches, Caloocan City, Philippines 1420
Tel.no. (632) 930-8012;930-7003
Website: http://www.mdjuan.com.ph/
Email address: infor@mdjuan.com.ph;sales.mdjuan@gmail.com

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Taipei AMPA 2012

April 11-14, 2012 – The Taipei Ampa Show is an annual auto trade show held in Taiwan exhibiting various auto-related products, parts, components and accessories under one roof. It is organized by Taitra. MD Juan participated in this trade show which has a vintage military jeep and a mini military jeep, both with MD Juan body kits as the centerpieces of the Philippine Pavilion.ImageImage

Founded in 1970 to help promote foreign trade, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is the foremost non-profit trade promotion organization in Taiwan. Jointly sponsored by the government, industry associations, and several commercial organizations, TAITRA assists Taiwan businesses and manufacturers with reinforcing their international competitiveness and in coping with the challenges they face in foreign markets.

MD Juan is a member of the Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturers Association of the Philippines has been joining the Taipei AMPA since 2009 under the sponsorship of the Department of Trade & Industry and Manila Economic and Cultural Office.

The Philippine Pavilion showcased 8 MVPMAP Member companies.  And M..D. Juan Enterprises, has the  MB Willys Jeep with MD Juan body kits and parts as well as the Mini MB jeep, both crowd drawers!Image

In past AMPA Show, M.D. Juan Enterprises, Inc. had developed new dealers and customers from around the globe and met probable suppliers.

Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) also organizes B-to-B meetings with possible suppliers and customers for the Philippine Company delegation which expand the suppliers for OE parts, raw material and machineries data base for each company participants.

ImageThis early, members of the Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (MVPMAP) is planning to join the 2013 AMPA in April next year to showcase their respective innovations, new process and new products  which they can offer to the market through this exhibitions.  

 

Rommel Juan
MD Juan Enterprises
2 Susano Road, Deparo, Novaliches
Caloocan City, Metro Manila, Philippines 1422
http://www.mdjuan.com.ph
Mobile phone: +63 917-8174869
Email: rommeljuan@gmail.com

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Has The Electric Vehicle Gained A Foothold In The Philippines?

May 8, 2012, Manila, Philippines – The last few years have seen the Philippines as some sort of a trendsetter for electric vehicles (EV) in the region. But it is not because it has the latest high-tech EV technology but because of the numerous initiatives, mostly by the private sector, towards the promotion of electric vehicles. Most of these were advocacies spurred by the desire for clean air and the protection of the environment.

A non-government organization, the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC), started the electric jeepney (eJeepney) program in the country in 2007 under its Climate Friendly Cities Program. The Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (MVPMAP) and PhUV Inc. stepped in by being the first to locally design, fabricate,assemble and mass produce the eJeepneys for iCSC and other markets.

Reina Garcia of iCSC proudly says that today, iCSC’s Makati Green Route initiative which operates in three loops is the very first mass transport application of the EV. “Our eJeepneys were also the very first to receive the LTO orange license plate for EV’s and the LTFRB franchise for EV’s to operate as public-utility vehicles”.

Ferdi Raquelsantos, president of both MVPMAP and PhUV Inc. says that eJeepneys can be now found in Pasig, Quezon City, Cebu, Bicol, Los Banos, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Batangas, Palawan, Ilocos region, Boracay and other urban areas. “And we continue to locally design and assemble eJeepneys to a niche market of transport and shuttle service operators”.

Many initiatives on the use of the electric tricycles (eTrikes) were also undertaken in Taguig, Surigao, Puerto Princesa, Boracay and Mandaluyong.

Meralco, on the other hand, is showcasing the feasibility of using eShuttles and electric quadricycles (eQuads) for the shuttling needs of its employees, visitors, and customers in the Meralco compound in Ortigas.

Just recently, Victory Liner brought in the very first electric bus (eBus) in the country. Collectively, there are now about 400 EVs all over the archipelago.

This initial success has attracted numerous players into this new “green” industry. Phil Etro EV Inc. makes electric tricycles while Alternative Modern Transport has branched out from eTrikes to eJeepneys as well.

It is in this light that the Electric Vehicles Association of the Philippines (EVAP) was recently organized to unify the various players in the EV industry and collectively promote awareness and use of EVs in the Philippines.

EVAP President Rommel Juan says that EVAP is slowly gaining momentum just as interest in the EV has grown not only locally but globally as well. “Since the introduction of various initiatives, we have seen the steady growth of EV membership. It now represents about 90% of the EV players in the country composed of manufacturers, assemblers, importers, suppliers, dealers, operators, members of the academe and individual enthusiasts”.

“Our various initiatives have spurred the government to take a more serious look at the EV industry. Congress has recently approved a bill seeking to provide incentives not only to EV players but to EV users as well. We are just waiting for Senate to approve its own version of the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Incentive Bill sponsored by Sen. Ralph Recto to finally have a law that formalizes government support for the EV industry. The local EV industry therefore urges the Philippine Senate to ensure the country’s transition to sustainable transport moves full speed ahead by passing the AFV bill in the soonest possible time”, he says.

Several international financial institutions and agencies have already signified their interest in the development of the electric vehicle industry and the scale-up of sustainable transport initiatives all over the country.

EVAP just recently also joined forces with other like-minded NGOs such as iCSC and Partnership for Clean Air (PCA), and power company Meralco, to form the Electric Vehicle Alliance to organize the second EV Summit on May 24-25, 2012 at the Meralco Multipurpose Hall in Pasig City. This is being supported by the Department of Trade and Industry, the Manila Economic and Cultural Office in Taiwan, and various entities in and out of the local EV industry.

Vicky Segovia of the PCA says that the EV Summit 2012 will update the local EV industry where we are, what we have, and what we plan to do to bring the EV industry to the next level. “The EV Summit wishes to bring together once again all the players in the EV industry together with the academe and government entities that could be of help to the industry. This is so that together, we can map out the progress and chart the direction of this green industry.”

“The EV Summit 2012 will also bring in foreign delegates and EV industry players from Taiwan, Korea and Japan for them to share their best practices with us, and for us to match them with local players to push the local EV industry further”, she concludes.

Those interested to attend the 2nd EV Summit, please contact the Partnership for Clean Air at tel. #395-7149, Mobile phone #0916-2925837 or email: pcasecretariat2012@gmail.com.

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All Systems Go For The Kiddo-Prenuer Bazaar: The Bazaar To Teach Kids About Entrepreneurship

April signals the end of classes and the official start of Summer season. With the onset of the heat and lots of available free time at one’s disposal, the word is also synonymous with vacations and weekend getaways to beaches and tourist spots. At first, kids may find the first few weeks amusing, having no school or homework to contend with. But it becomes boring and too long if parents can’t find a way to make use of the empty schedule. 

From tot to teen, a kid with too much time on his hands can zap the life out of sunny days and starry nights. If the first day of school can’t come soon enough and nothing is done, we can take steps to put energy back into summer.

While having summer jobs is a good idea, why not let kids venture into a summer business as an alternative source of income?

Inspired by the strong growth of the economy, there is an increasing trend of parents encouraging their kids to participate in business workshops or bazaars.  While the usual lemonade, homemade ice candy or ice buko stands no longer top the list for summer money-making schemes, there are lots of ways to bring home the bacon.

Such is the story of the Juantrepreneurs, a group established by six Juan cousins namely Maxine, Elias, Francine, Carrine, Roque and Max Juan. These kiddos started their journey towards entrepreneurship last December 2011 by joining the Kiddo-preneur Bazaar held at the Rockwell Clubhouse. They sold entrep kiddie kits , do-it-yourself cookies, Jeep ni Juan books and bracelets.

For their business stint, the Juantrepreneurs were declared the winner of the “Best in Service” award at the end of the bazaar. They will be back again at this year’s Kiddo-preneur  Bazaar and will be selling Zen natural and organic products. The kids chose Zen products because they know that the mommies and daddies will be interested in these all natural and organic products.

Their organic Zen product lineup includes Green Tea, Sweet Pea, Goats Milk and Aloe Vera Soaps; Special Ginger Massage Oil, Regular Relaxing or Therapeutic Massage Oil,
Oatmeal and Goats milk Body Scrub; Gugo Shampoo and Conditioner, Shea Sunblock Butter and Lip Shield, Shea Butter Outdoor Fun Lotion and Lip Balm, Aloe Vera After Sun Gel, Citronella Balm, Sea Butter Cream and Tanning Oil, All is Well Roll on Oil and All is Well Solid Balm. They will also sell their best selling product in the last bazaar, the Entrep Piggy Bank.

The most awaited bazaar designed to teach kids about entrepreneurship is back. Join the Kiddo-preneur Bazaar on April 14 at the Tents @ Alphaland Southgate Mall. It’s a whole day event where parents can teach their kids a thing or two about financial literacy by demonstrating important money management basics. With little supervision from adults, help your child establish his/her own booth, manage it and observe how simple financial ideas apply in real life.

Like Juantrepreneurs on Facebook and visit them at the Kiddo-preneur Bazaar!

Rommel T, Juan
General Manager
Email address: rommeljuan@gmail.com
Tel. no. 0922-8174869

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History on the road

It was a sight to behold: a line of vintage olive drab green military jeeps jostling for space with modern vehicles on the main roads of Cavite, a province right next south of Manila. Clad only in camouflage pants and white shirts (emblazoned with the words “You can’t bring back history” in front and “but you can restore its remains” on the back), the jeep drivers were oblivious to the mid morning sun, their eyes agleam with pride and self-satisfaction.

And who wouldn’t? Other motorists were straining their necks for a good look at their vintage jeeps – the father of today’s public utility jeepney (PUJ) and the poor man’s car, the “owner” jeep. Even the people by the roadside looked fascinated at the speeding OD green machines, bristling with antennae and hardware.

For the young generation, these were the jeeps that they could only see at reruns of Combat, Rat Patrol and other old war movies. Of course, we saw them recently in the movie Saving Private Ryan and the HBO-produced Band of Brothers. Well, at least, they were all relieved the convoy was not part of another coup in the offing!!

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The Willys MBs started it all

The Filipinos were first introduced to the jeeps during World War II when the Americans brought the Willys MB and the likes here. They were the workhorses of the military, transporting not only goods but also personnel, both wounded and not. The Philippineswas then the center stage for the war in the Pacific and the Americans and their tough jeeps made their last gallant stand at Bataanand Corregidor, with Gen. Douglas McArthur making a bold promise to the Filipinos: I shall return.

The Japanese captured the Philippine archipelago and Gen. McArthur did just as he had promised: he returned with his jeeps to liberate thePhilippinesfrom Japanese occupancy. Thus started the fascination and love of the Filipinos for the jeeps.

From Willys MBs to PUJs

For most Filipinos in the rural areas then, the jeep was their first encounter with motorized transport. And they have a few terms of endearment for the jeeps: everything was “Willys” (even if it’s a Ford or later, a Kaiser or a Mitsubishi) and instead of calling the ODG machines with their alpha-numeric names like MB, GPW, M38, CJ2A, etc., they called them by, of all things, names of American presidents. Thus, different jeep models were called McArthur and later, Eisenhower and Kennedy.

Soon, they used the jeep as a means of public transport, thus was born the auto calesa (calesa literally means a horse-driven carriage, then the main mode of public transport). These auto calesas soon evolved into PUJs, then seating ten to twelve passengers (two on the front seatand four to five on each of the two rear bench seats).

Today, a PUJ could transport up to 20 passengers and is emblazoned with a lot of side and rear view mirrors, a galaxy of colors and texts with loud stereo music to boot and just so you do not forget it still is an auto calesa, a lot of die-casted horses (the more horses, the more horsepower??).

Jeeps for private use

With a lot of Filipino ingenuity, the jeep also evolved into a poor man’s car, the “owner” jeep (but doesn’t every jeep have an owner??). With a used (in street lingo, “surplus”) Japanese engine, it costs a fraction of a Japanese car with the same Japanese engine. It handles like a car and could also be air conditioned. It could even be made of stainless steel so it could last a “lifetime”. A majority of Filipinos who today have a car will tell you that he either learned how to drive using an owner jeep or has even owned one himself.

 

Preserving the jeep

There is a lot of Philippine history attached to the jeep, thus a group of jeep enthusiasts with age ranging from 21 to 75 years old banded together to ensure such memories are preserved. They are these men who drove aroundCavitein their vintage jeeps and they belong to the Metro Manila and Cavite Chapters of the Philippine Jeep Preservation Association (PJPA).

The group drove in a convoy to the town ofAmadeofor a short off-road driving and a scheduled pictorial in Barako Farm (a coffee plantation) after assembling in a local restaurant. Rommel Juan, vice president for sales & marketing of MD Juan Enterprises (a manufacturer of replacement jeep bodies and parts) and executive director of the PJPA, hosted the event as a forum for new enthusiasts and old vets to come together to ask and answer questions about jeep restoration.

They also gathered to swap parts, exchange information on where to source hard-to-find parts, teach the neophytes how to restore a jeep, how far away an ongoing restoration job is from completion, discuss the technical intricacies of restoration, then end up surveying each other’s jeep like a bunch of kids inspecting each other’s toy.

“It is not surprising that many people are now getting into jeep restoration. Bringing a military icon back to its old glorious self holds much appeal,” Juan said.

 

Let the legend endure

What the vintage jeep enthusiasts may have failed to imagine however, was the extent of fervor with which Pinoys would embrace jeep restoration. And even Juan – who has probably heard all adjectives imaginable extolling the virtues of the army jeep – appeared continually surprised at such fanaticism. The Philippine-based MD Juan Enterprises is the only source inSoutheast Asiaof historically accurate, hard-to-find jeep bodies and replacement parts.

Juan acknowledged that jeep restoration as a hobby is gaining worldwide popularity. The PJPA, which is based in Metro Manila, is affiliated with various clubs for jeep enthusiasts as far asDavaoin the South, Nueva Ecija and Ilocos Norte in the North andCebuinCentral Philippines. There are also clubs in nearby Bulacan and Pampanga provinces.

Many of the men who are into jeep restoration are Worlds War II buffs who get emotionally attached with these war relics because they were part of the country’s rich history. Some had their jeeps handed down to them and somehow, they got enamored by its rugged beauty and functionality.

 

Is there money in jeep restoration?

But more than just a hobby to splurge cash on, jeep-struck individuals can also profit from jeep restoration. A rundown jeep that has been left idle in the yard and used to dry laundry can be had for about P60,000 (about $1,200). A restorer could put in $2,000 or more for parts, materials and labor and the restored jeep can fetch from $5,000 to $8,000 abroad, particularly in theUnited States(maybe more on e-Bay).

But in most cases, Filipino jeep enthusiasts are there not for the money, but for the memories and the satisfaction of having restored an icon and having a piece of history in his garage.

 

 

 

Rommel T, Juan
General Manager
Email address: rommeljuan@gmail.com
Tel. no. 0922-8174869

M.D. Juan Enterprises, Inc.
No. 2 Susano Road, Deparo, Novaliches,
Caloocan City,Philippines1420
Tel.no. (632) 930-8012;930-7003

Website: http://www.mdjuan.com.ph/
Email address: 
infor@mdjuan.com.ph;sales.mdjuan@gmail.com

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The Legend of the Jeep Factory in the Pacific Revealed

Legends surround the abundance of Jeeps in thePhilippines. These tales could not be helped though. After all, the Philippines was the center stage of the war in the Pacific theater and scene of the fiercest, most epic battles of the entire WWII – the Fall of Bataan, McArthur’s Last Stand in Corregidor, the Battle of Manila. And who can forget Gen. Douglas McArthur’s historic “I  Shall Return” landing following the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

One “story” has it that Ford secretly maintained a Jeep manufacturing plant in thePhilippineslong after the war. One veteran old-timer narrates of American soldiers burying Jeeps in a huge “bone yard” somewhere in a large American military base as there were too many to take with them on board the ships. Others say the Americans allowed the Filipinos to take whatever were left in their warehouses, Jeeps included.

Legend or not, one thing is certain, the Filipinos fell in love with the Jeep. So much that it spawned a public transport vehicle, and industry. And an idea that has made thePhilippinesthe lone supplier of WWII jeep body tubs and replacement parts worldwide, thanks to the pioneering vision of Maximino D. Juan.

Filipinos and their Jeeps: Filipinos took to the Jeep like fish to water. They have a generic name for it – Willys, regardless of brand or maker. They even called the various Jeep models by, of all names, popular American presidents and military generals. Thus, you would hear old folks refer to a vintage Jeep as a “Kennedy”, an “Eisenhower” and of course, a “MacArthur”. To Filipinos in the rural areas used to the carabao sled and the horse-driven calesa, this was their first ever encounter with the motorized transport on wheels.

Then Filipino ingenuity kicked in.

The military Jeep was converted into a passenger jeep with rear entrance, not sides, and bench seats and called it, what else, an auto calesa. Then, the enterprising spirit in the Filipino saw the opportunity. He made it bigger, longer, wider with a body exploding with a cacophony of colors and adorned with a lot of metal-casted horses and mirrors and a deafening stereo sound system to boot. The military jeep has been transformed into a mass-transport public utility jeepney or PUJ. Seating up to 20 passengers (two up front and nine on each side on the rear bench seats), the PUJ is now the backbone of the Philippine mass transport system, the “King of the Road”. It is uniquely Filipino.

Another “son” of the vintage American Jeep is a civilian-type Jeep specifically made for the personal daily use of its owner. And that’s exactly how it got its name – the “owner Jeep”! It is powered by a surplus Japanese engine and mounted on a low-profile body and wheels. A surplus engine is either diesel or gasoline, about three years or older that has been scrapped inJapanbut exported to thePhilippinesfor use on Jeeps assembled at a mechanic’s backyard. The owner Jeep handles like a car but minus the comforts and amenities of a real car. Another uniquely Filipino idea.

Filipinos and the Jeep parts: With the growing population and popularity of the Jeep in the 60’s, Filipinos soon saw the need for replacement bodies and parts. One of them was Maximino D. Juan, a dentist by profession. He discovered he could earn more by selling Jeep parts than by tending to cavities. He later found out that he could earn much, much more making the parts himself.

He started with manually hammering a windshield, then gradually buying the equipment and the dies so he could mechanize the process. After the windshield came the fenders then the hoods then the bumpers until finally, the plant could manufacture the complete body tubs and kits. Thus was born MDJuan Enterprises. The rest, as they say, is history.

Today, MD Juan Enterprises in thePhilippinesis the lone manufacturer and supplier of WWII Jeep body tubs and replacement parts worldwide. It exports over 90% of its output all over the world including theUSA,Canada,Denmark,England,France,Italy,Netherlands,Switzerland,Australia,New Zealand,Puerto RicoandSaipan.

How Jeep bodies are made: In the 1.8-hectare plant of MD Juan Enterprises in Novaliches,Quezon City north ofManila, making a Jeep body starts in the stamping plant with a 4’ x 8’ metal sheet going through a shearing process to form the blank. Then, shapes are notched and holes are punched on the blank in exact locations.

It is then bent and formed to the exact shape in hydraulic presses of from 50 tons to 1,200 tons in capacity. This is one competitive edge of MD Juan Enterprises over the competitors (who mostly make the collision parts only): it does not buy its metal parts, it stamps the parts themselves!

The parts are then sub-assembled into bigger body parts like the side body, the dash panel, the front and rear floors and the like, and even the chassis. These sub-body parts then come together at the main assembly line where they are welded together to make the Jeep body. After that, a Jeep body undergoes a five-step, dip-type phosphating process for superior metal preparation. The last step is the primer coating before the Jeep body is endorsed to the Finished Goods warehouse. From there, the Jeeps are shipped to just about every continent in the world.

Now back to that “legend of the jeep factory in the Pacific”. While we still investigate the “tale of the jeep bone yard”, one thing we know for sure. Those beautiful authentic WWII military jeep bodies and parts are coming from the “Pearlof the Pacific”Philippines. From the “pearl” of a 40-year Filipino factory where the salute to WWII heroism and the passion for Jeeps live forever – from MD Juan Enterprises!

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Rommel T, Juan
General Manager
Email address: rommeljuan@gmail.com
Tel. no. +63922-8174869

M.D. Juan Enterprises, Inc.
No. 2 Susano Road, Deparo, Novaliches,
Caloocan City,Philippines1420
Tel.no. (632) 930-8012;930-7003

Website: http://www.mdjuan.com.ph/
Email address: 
infor@mdjuan.com.ph;sales.mdjuan@gmail.com

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A first for Philippine reenactors: The Abucay Line Battle

Reenactors representing the Japanese 141st Regiment are pinned down by USAFFE artillery fire at the first period authentic reenactment of the Battle of the Abucay Line, Bataan held at the Fort Stotsenburg parade ground last December 3.

As the sun gleamed off the blade of his Gunto, the Japanese captain looked left and right at the troops poised to charge the wire before them. Shells screamed in from above them towards the enemy lines. With the first explosions, he raised his sword and screamed: “Tenno heika!!!!”

The troops screamed “Banzai!” in unison and made the short headlong rush into the barbed wire defenses. The USAFFE forces quickly recovered and were soon firing into the advancing Japanese. Philippine scouts that had fallen in the initial rush were carried by their comrades into waiting jeeps.

The first Japanese troops who made it to the wire collapsed on it and died there, making a bridge for their comrades to rush through. Soon, counterbattery fire from the Philippine Scouts was pouring in among them and the attack faltered.

Whistles blew from the Philippine Army officers, bayonets were fixed and an attack was launched to rid the lines of the surviving invaders. The Scouts and Philippine Army troops brought forward in jeeps to the front lines jumped the sandbagged wall and rushed into the Japanese lines, stabilizing the front and saving the day in a short but violent melee. Acrid smoke and the scent of cordite filled the field as the USAFFE troops searched the dead Japanese and savored their first brief taste of victory…and then from somewhere came applause.

Members of the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society, Buhay na Kasaysayan, World War 2 airsoft and Jeepers pose with a sample of their handiwork after reenacting the first battle of the Abucay Line.

The assembled audience had just witnessed the first-ever period-authentic reenactment of the Battle of the Abucay Line, Bataan ever staged as part of the recent jeep jamboree of the Military Vehicle Collectors Club of the Philippines (MVCCP) and hosted by MD Juan Enterprises. The field of battle was the old 26th Cavalry parade ground at Fort Stotsenburg, Clark Field, Pampanga.

At the invitation of Mr. Rommel Juan, reenactors from the  Philippine Scouts Heritage Society Fort (McKinley and Fort Stotsenburg Chapters), Buhay na Kasaysayan (Living History) and the Asia WW2 Airsoft Group represented US Army, Philippine Scouts, Philippine Army Soldiers and Imperial Japanese Army troops in period-authentic uniforms, field gear, replica weapons and even military jeeps.

Reenactors dressed as Philippine scouts are seen reinforcing their lines using an authentic World War 2 jeep under Japanese attack at the reenactment of the Abucay line battle.

To spice up the event (blank fire weapons are not legal in the Philippines), pyrotechnics were used to replicate gunfire and artillery together with an audio soundtrack with a description of the actual battle unfolding.

Reenactors dressed in authentic World War 2 uniforms load their wounded on an Jeep under fire as Japanese troops attack their defense line

Authentic period jeeps were provided by the various MVCCP chapters to play the critical role of moving troops in and around the battlefield as they would have done 70 years ago. Jeeps had just been acquired by the US Army immediately before the beginning of hostilities in 1941 and had already been issued to US Army troops operating in the Philippines. It can actually be said that the Battle of Bataan saw the first combat use of many of America’s iconic World War 2 weapons and equipment such as the Garand Rifle and the Jeep.

After having rushed through the Japanese lines and assembling at the staging area behind the parade ground, the reenactors were all smiles. Finally having gone though their first public battle, the common question all were asking was: “When do we do this again?”

Rommel Juan
MD Juan Enterprises
2 Susano Road, Deparo, Novaliches
Caloocan City, Metro Manila, Philippines 1422
http://www.mdjuan.com.ph
Mobile phone: +63 917-8174869
Email: rommeljuan@gmail.com

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