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Ride A Horse Carriage in Intramuros Through GrabKalesa – 20-21 August 2016

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The kalesa (or karetela) is known as a horse carriage in the Philippines and has been a reliable and effective means of transportation in the past. It remains a mode of transportation in rural areas in the  Philippines and even in Metro Manila today but only on selected places in the city like Rizal Park, Intramuros, Divisoria, etc. Their route is normally just a short distance.




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In celebration of August as the Month of Philippine National Language and History Month, Grab Philippines wishes to honour and give importance to the old Filipino more of transportation — land travel through the kalesa. Riding a kalesa is one cool way to experience a moment of sightseeing in historic places and tourist spots in Manila. This promo is only for 20-21 August 2016. This is a free ride around the Walled City of Intramuros in Manila. The kalesa ride will begin at Plaza De Roma, in General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila.


For complete instructions on how to register using your Grab app on your smartphone, please visit:


You will see the following in cool places in the kalesa ride:

  • Plaza de Roma
  • Manila Cathedral
  • Palacio Del Gobernador
  • Ayuntamiento
  • Galeria De Los Presidente
  • Baluarte De Dilao
  • Baluarte De San Andres
  • Baluarte De San Diego
  • Puerta Del Parian
  • Palacio Del Sana
  • Aduana
  • Puerta Real
  • Reducto De San Pedro
  • Bahay Tsinoy
  • Plazuela De Sta. Isabel
  • Casa Manila
  • San Agustin Church
  • Light and Sound
  • ECJ Building
  • Fort Santiago


Important reminders:

  1. Each ride will only accommodate a maximum of 3 of passengers. This rule will be strictly implemented.
  2. One kalesa trip will take 30 mins.
  3. In case of rain, this promo will still proceed! Rain or shine, your trusty kutsero (coachman) and his kabayo (horse) will be there for you for your ride.


Tagalog words to learn for your kalesa trip:

Kalesa – horse carriage (a.k.a. karitela)

Kabayo – horse

Kutsero – coachman

Sombrero – hat



Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa (Month of Philippine National Language)



Date: 20-21 August 2016 (Saturday and Sunday) only

Time: 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Venues: Intramuros, Manila

Free of charge!


For more information about this promo, please visit:


Grab Philippines

Address: 12/F Grab Office Wilcon, IT Hub, 2251 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City, Metro Manila

Phone: +63 02 883 7100  




Have a safe kalesa ride! May the Horse be with you!


For more information about the Month of Philippine National Language:

The Difference Between Tagalog and Filipino

By CS Gaerlan for Expatch



Author: Marcelle Villegas
Photo source:
Grab Kalesa – Grab Philippines – and
Month of National Language – Official Gazette of the Philippine Government

Ms. Pamela Alcain for helping in this article.






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