Is It a Kalesa or a Tricycle? Or Both?
Meet the Siklesa!
(SPOT.ph) You may have seen a kalesa during one of your visits to Intramuros, Manila or Vigan, Ilocos Sur. Popular during the 18th century, this horse-drawn carriage was a common mode of transportation for Spanish officials and noble families during the colonial period. Nowadays, they’re just part of our history books (and cultural tours, of course). But at Manila FAME, which runs until April 21 at the World Trade Center, a new line inspired by the kalesa of the past is taking center stage—the Siklesa.
The vehicle, designed by Architect Jaime Miguel Recto, combines the beauty of the kalesa with the efficiency of a three-wheeled motorcycle. Its wooden body is locally sourced and hand-carved by craftsmen from Marinduque. It is presented by Doubleday Enterprises, Inc. and managing director Lorenzo Vega, and can be seen at booth E45 during the two-day event.
Manila Fame runs until April 21 at the World Trade Center, Gil Puyat Avenue Extension corner Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, Pasay City. Tickets are at P500. For more information about Siklesa, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.