It figured that we would have our first ever calesa ride outside Manila Ocean Park when we attended Gain School Advance’s Eye Am Smart event last October 16, 2010. That’s because we had difficulty getting a cab that day, and because it was beginning to rain, we had to get to our destination as fast as we could, regardless of the mode of transportation. According to Wikipedia, a calesa or karitela is “a horse-driven calash (carriage) used in the Philippines.”
I was the first one to go up the calesa, followed by my son and my husband. Because the calesa was wobbly, I was anxious the whole time we were riding it. It didn’t help that our calesa had to traverse a main road going to the UN Avenue LRT station. What if the calesa driver couldn’t make the horse stop when it’s supposed to stop? What if the horse went berserk in the middle of the road? What if our calesa got hit by other cars on the road? The entire ride took about 10 minutes, and we had to pay Php50.00 for it.
Have you ridden a calesa before? How did your first calesa ride go?