Kalesa in the Metro

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Where in Metro Manila can you still find public utility kalesas? Not counting the kalesas in Intramuros and Luneta which are basically for tourist sight-seeing, authentic kalesas that you can hire to take you to where you want go ply CM Recto Avenue going to Divisoria.

The horses that pull the carts are brave indeed to run side-by-side Manila’s monster jeepneys (and monster drivers). But as if the horses have a choice. I pity the horses, really. They weren’t made for what have become dank roads of Metro Manila. But just the same, it’s a joy to see them around, however struggling they’ve become.

I was in Divisoria last Sunday and I took this photo of a kalesa while the horse was lunching.

5 Comments so far

  1. toni (unregistered) on September 20th, 2006 @ 10:51 am

    I think they should stay off the main thoroughfares, not because I don’t think they’re beautiful but because I pity these horses that are inhaling all the smoke and pollution. While it’s a joy riding them in Intramuros, I think these horses should be better cared for.


  2. migs (unregistered) on September 20th, 2006 @ 1:31 pm

    This is way too cool (not taking into account, of course, anything related to human rights). I’d love to ride a kalesa across the city. Then I’d go to Makati and wave to the chauffers in Benz’s and BMW’s.


  3. eric aka senor enrique (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 6:45 pm

    There’s plenty of them still in Binondo, and I ride one whenever possible. I love them, but would often remind the drivers to quit hitting their horses.


  4. JP Espinosa (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 2:57 am

    There’s alot along Ongpin and they usually stay near Salazar’s Bakery.

    I’m not realyl a fan of Kalesas because of their smell but I did try it once and ti was fun. Oh and Horses are cool especialyl when they brake. Just saw a horse brake the other day because a jeepney was in front of it.


  5. Rex (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 12:28 am

    Great solution to Global Warming!



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