Calesa- local horse cart – Manila Picture

Calesa- local horse cart

A horse cart, called calesa (also spelt kalesa) trots by with a full load of delighted tourists. First used on the streets of Manila in the 18th century, these horse-drawn carriages can usually be found waiting for passengers in some areas of the Intramuros, notably near Fort Santiago. Talking of which we never seemed to have seen that!. The calesa is a nice, old-fashioned way to get around Intramuros. To avoid getting ripped off, it may be a good idea to ask about the route and confirm the price of the trip before setting out. The calesa is called tonga in India, and I’ve seen identical calesas (tongas) in my own home town Pune (Poona) in Western India. We got an offer for a calesa ride much later during our visit, when we had crossed the road to take a quick picture of the Manila cathedral. We had to pass of course, as we had done our sightseeing inside Intramuros already. (Manila, Philippines, May 2013)

Image published by shankar s. on 2013-07-25 07:52:28 and used under Creative Commons license.

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