The Cebu Provincial Government relived Cebu’s rich history as it hosted a tartanilla (horse-drawn carriage) ride last Aug. 2 on the occasion of its 445th founding anniversary celebration.
For only Php 10 each head, the ride took the guests to the legislative building and back to the governor’s entrance. The ride was also a perfect complement to the ongoing Agro-Trade Fair or “Tabo” held at the back of the executive building.
The Capitol marked Aug. 2 as a Family Day. The activity provided a flashback experience for the adults. And the young ones were able to experience a glimpse of the old life in Cebu.
“Before, I used to ride a tartanilla in Zamboanga but when I grew up nawala na ni sya (this was discontinued). This is also a good experience for the kids since they don’t have this now,” said a mother, who accompanied his daughter in the short ride.
She added that her daughter woke her up every early in the morning to make sure that they will not miss the tartanilla ride.
Tartanilla was introduced to the country by the Spanish colonizers in the 18th century. The ancient kind of transportation is still alive today but only limited to Duljo-Taboan thoroughfares in Cebu City.
The Capitol prepared 350 tickets for the one-day activity. It rented the services of the four Kalesas with coachmen and assistants for Php 2,500 each, according to Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Mary Rose Vincoy whose office was tasked to oversee the event.