Calesas in the City

Calesa with Cars in Luneta Park

Calesa in Luneta Park, Manila

Calesas or Karitelas were the means of transportation during Spanish era in the Philippines. This was introduced to us by the Spaniards during the 18th century. Calesa (or Kalesa) is a horse-drawn carriage in the Philippines. The person who directs the horse where to go is called a “kutsyero”. Because of modernization, there are only a few left. We can usually see this transportation in the Old Manila and Binondo (Chinatown) area. Tourists are delighted to try and ride this and there are some locals that still use this as a means of transportation. A calesa ride is more expensive than the usual jeepney ride. If I’m not mistaken, it costs around 100 Pesos.