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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Kalesa in Philippines

Another transportation that can be found in the country is a kalesa (sometimes called a karitela). It is a horse-driven carriage use in the Philippines. The word, also spelled calesa, meaning "wheels." This was one of the modes of transportation introduced in the Philippines in the 18th century by the Spaniards that only nobles and high ranked officials could afford, but today you ride kalesa so you can save fare. They are rarely used in the streets nowadays, but here in our city you still can see it at the market area going to some baranggay. Only a few times i ride kalesa (tartanilya as it is called in iligan city), the first time is quite uneasy because i'm afraid to fall off from the cart but it's fun.