Kalesa de Cebu

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Taxi horse. That’s what my father would fondly call this horse-driven carriage, which was once a popular means of transportation back in the old Spanish times. Commonly called the kalesa, in downtown Cebu, it remains an attraction parading its design of antiquity, color, gentle speed, and the engine that breathes life into it. 

According to a kutsero (kalesa driver), a minimum fare of only 5 pesos will take you to nearby Carbon Market or even up to the southern barangays of the city like Mambaling and Cogon, Pardo. But they are also open for a pakyaw (full service), especially for tourists who want a ride to the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, the City Hall, or Fort San Pedro.

12 comments:

  1. It's been years since I last rode on a kalesa. Sweet childhood memories... ;)

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  2. i adore this post joemill. i truly do. the kalesa reminds me of my childhood memories. i grew up loving horses. sometimes when i have enough time, i go to taboan just to ride the kalesa. the ride keeps my childhood memories alive. :)

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  3. What I like about this post is that it brings back all the memories. We still have this in Iligan City.

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  4. Wala lagi nimu gi mention ang term na "tartanilla"...

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  5. Hi Joe,this is called TONGA here in Pakistan.nice pics, thanx for sharing.

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  8. baktin: if it smell like a horse piss, thats iligan city, just kidding, you cannot smell anything but you will be sit besides a "kutsero" you can smell sh*t!

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  9. Cebu memories...Taboan!

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