Taxi horse. That’s what my father would fondly call this horse-driven carriage that 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.