In some select areas in Manila, Kalesa still exist mainly as a tourist attraction and not anymore as a means of transportation, but here in Davao we have it as a garden embellishment. My daughter has been asking me, mom! Where have all the horses gone? I think moms nowadays have much of an explaining to do.
A kalesa or calesa (sometimes called a karitela) is a horse-driven calash (carriage) used in the Philippines. The word, also spelled calesa, predates the Spanish conquest and descends ultimately from an Old Church Slavonic word 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. They are rarely used in the streets nowadays except in tourist spots and some rural areas. The Kalesa driver is commonly called as “Cochero” or “Kutsero”. When “Cochero” direct the horse to turn right he say “mano” and he say “silla” to direct the horse to turn left. (Source: www.wikipedia.org)
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