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Riding the Kalesa

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The Kalesa is a horse drawn cariage used in the Philippines. This was introduced to us by the Spaniards during their conquest of the Philippines in the 18th century and is known to be used by high ranking personalities. It has since then been converted into regular public transportation for the locals.

I used to love to ride on these kalesa's when I was a kid. They are not widely available throughout Manila though, so we only get to ride them in Manila's Chinatown, where this is still used as regular transport up to this day.

These days, you'll also find them in some tourist areas like Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Luneta Park.

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by Tina Lim
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