Presently, there are 184 remaining calesas in Laoag and each has a distinctive mark or appeal. A calesa ride is a novel idea on an unhurried day in Ilocos Norte’s capital. Touring the city’s most interesting places on a horse-drawn carriage evokes the olden days when life was less complex. They can seat up to 5 passengers and they have a unique rear entrance.
A calesa parade is one of the highlights of the Pamulinawen Festival that is celebrated anually on the second month of the year. Participating calesas are all spiffed up and the cocheros (calesa drivers) are also dressed to the nines. A colorful display of the cochero’s creative expression is always a fascinating and fun way to experience the up-beat culture of the Ilocanos.