Saturday, October 16, 2010

Miniature [Photo Hunt]

@ mirandablue

A miniature "calesa" or horse-drawn carriage 
Calesa was one of the modes of transportation introduced by the Spaniards in the Philippines in the 18th century that only ilustrados or rich Filipinos and high ranked officials could afford.  They are rarely used in the streets nowadays except in places frequented by tourists and in some century-old preserved cities like Vigan. The miniature horse is carved from wood and the carriage was crafted from metal. I took these photos in Granpa's Inn and Calle Crisologo at the Heritage Village in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.  

@ mirandablue                             Grandpa's Inn, Vigan
 My sister with the real calesa at Calle Crisologo.
@ mirandablue                                                                                                        at Calle Crisologo, Vigan, Ilocos Sur

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14 comments:

Sidney said...

That is a beautiful antique miniature "calesa" you got here!

How was your calesa ride in Vigan ?

Luna Miranda said...

it was bumpy, Sidney. i felt sorry for the horse.:

archiearchive said...

An interesting bit of history. Thank you for sharing.

Ann said...

you were the shy lady in the carriage in the first photo.

EastCoastLife said...

That is a beautiful miniature calesa. I would love a ride on the real calesa, so exciting!

upto6only said...

love the calesa. but what i love is to go to vigan :)

Life Ramblings said...

wonderful captures and nice choice for the theme. happy weekend.

And Miles To Go... said...

great take on this week's theme!

healingmagichands said...

Very nice miniature! Model makers are amazing to me, the detail they get into such small things.

TeacherJulie said...

Cute calesa but I prefer the big one but not on a bumpy road :D

My PH:
http://teacherjulie.com/2010/10/16/miniature-toys/

Mar said...

Cute miniature!! love those carriages. Happy weekend!
miniature

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Nice pictures! In our "other life" -- before we started traveling so much, I used to think I'd like to collect miniatures -- they are fascinating to me. Can't collect anything any more, so thanks for sharing yours.

Carver said...

Great shot of your sister. Those are some great miniatures and also cool showing the real one.

ρομπερτ said...

How nice it must be to arrive at ones home, carrying a flower and poem as well, travelling through the night until day becomes bright ... looks like a fairy-tale to me.

Please have you all a wonderful Sunday.

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