Tartanilla: Cebu's King of the Road

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CEBU: Cebu’s Tartanilla 🐎🐎🐎

Naka-sakay na ba ang tanan ug Tartanilla sa Cebu? Ya! Tigidig! Tigidig!

Did you know that tartanillas were a vital form of transportation in the previous decades, not only in Cebu but across the Philippines? They were commonly employed before the invention of motorized vehicles. Tartanilla is a Cebuano name for a horse-drawn carriage, introduced in the Philippines during the Spanish invasion. In Filipino, this is referred to as “calesa.” Previously, these carriages were reserved for wealthy families and high-ranking officials due to their great cost. When motorized cars arrived in the Philippines, the population of tartanillas gradually declined.

Tartanillas or calesas, on the other hand, are still accessible in select regions of the nation, most notably Cebu. These are just tucked away in certain areas of the city along a few streets. Due to the fact that there are still coachmen who make a livelihood using tartanillas, they are permitted to operate on some streets in Cebu City’s downtown and market areas. Cebuanos took delight in carrying the tartanilla about the city on a regular basis. It was acclaimed as “the king of the road” in those days, and it obtained an unlimited right to go anywhere the kutsero pleased. Tartanillas may boarded for 20 PHP the kutseros will usually wait at their usual spot on Leon Kilat Street Downtown.

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Photos / Story by Sean Niño Villarasco-Osorno, Inside Cebu Content Writer

✍🏻 Featured by Ariel Alegado, Writer - Bisaya.PH

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