Travel back in time with a free kalesa ride

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( The kalesa was a popular mode of transportation in the Philippines during the 18th Century. It was introduced by the Spanish colonizers and initially reserved for high-ranking officials and priests. This luxurious ride is now a rarity and can only be found in well-preserved heritage sites in the country such as Intramuros and Vigan as part of the cobblestone roads' charm. A half-hour tour in these carriages costs about P350.




This coming weekend, August 20 to 21, you can ride kalesas for free and go on a tour of the Walled City of Manila. Through Grab, in partnership with Samahan ng mga Kutsero sa Intramuros, you can book a GrabKalesa from and to Plaza Roma in Intramuros, Manila from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The 30-minute history trip will take you around a number of historical landmarks in the country's former seat of government, including Bahay Tsinoy, San Agustin Church, and Fort Santiago. One to three passengers can fit in one carriage.


#GrabKalesa is part of Grab's celebration of National Language Month and National History Month. Don't forget to whip out that cam-phone as you travel back in time!


Plaza Roma is in front of the Manila Cathedral along General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila. For more information, visit the Grab website.

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