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Kalesa - Spanish colonial transportation from the Philippines (118th Independence day Special)

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First at all. Happy 118th Independence day of the Republic of the Philippines!

A kalesa (also caritela/karitela) is a horse-drawn calash used in the Philippines. It was one mode of transportation introduced to the islands in the 18th century by Spanish colonizers, and was initially reserved for only nobles and high-ranking civic officials.

These are today rarely used in the streets except in the tourist areas of old cities and some rural areas.

When the kalesa was introduced in the 18th century, it grew into a
significant mode of transportation in the islands. Rich, educated
Filipinos known as the ilustrados used the kalesa for personal travel as well as for the transport of goods to nearby areas. During the American Occupation, the City of Manila was teeming with kalesas, but these declined in popularity after the devastation of the Second World War.

The kalesa driver is commonly called as kutsero (Tagalised from cochero, "car driver"). When a kutsero wants the horse to turn right, he says "mano” while he says "silla” to make the horse turn.

Although the kalesa has become a rarity, century-old examples are still preserved in areas of the Philippines, such as in Vigan and Laoag. Kalesas can also be found in Intramuros, where they cater to tourists and Binondo in the City of Manila, a well as in Iligan, where decorated calesas can be taken for a ride along a specific street. In Cagayan, kalesas are common, especially in Tuao and other municipalities of the province. In Tuguegarao, the carriages are a part of the traffic along with private cars, motorcycles, tricycles, jeepneys, trucks, and bicycles.

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ABshipbuilder
06/12/2016 9:58 am
Level 38 : Artisan Sailor
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nice! im building a small filipino town right now para sa araw ng kalayaan
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