The long distance buses charge by the kilometer with a fixed minimum, but the rest are about 25 cents for their standard distance. Across town in a multicab, 4 or 5 miles for a tricycle, 2 miles for huba-huba and 6 or 8 blocks for a pedicab.
Because the tricycles are custom built in each area, and they are a lot of artistic work, they differ in size and style across the country. Here are photos of most of the different types we have seen in cronilogical order as we wander around. Being mechanical, I enjoy seeing the differences in them.
This was our first encounter with tricycles. These are in Danao, Cebu. Inside one bench seat and two fold down stools (6x6 inches!) and room to sit sidesaddle behind the driver. Filipinos= 4 adults, 1 child inside, 3 adults behind driver. Trinda and I fill it up.
|Larry in Danao, Cebu not much head room, but I can't fit inside.|
When we went with Jimmy to Bogo to see the trike he was having made we saw these. They look like a little stagecoach. 2 front facing seats for 4 plus space behind the driver. Still no windshield for the driver's side.
|A couple in the distance Bogo, Cebu Is.|
Malapascua did not have tricycles.
So on to Santa Fe on Bantanyan. Here they had motorcycles with a 2 wheel trailer. 4 passengers each side, but none behind the driver. They seemed real underpowered if full!
|Santa Fe, Bantayan|
These are in Coron. They are very open feeling and most were clean and newer looking. These are to me the nicest design yet. One like these is what inspired Jimmy to build his own in Danao. He saw one on Negros Island and took photos. Then had a shop in Bogo make one from the photos.
|Coron, Busuanga open with two seats back one front and the back of the bike.|
|Coron, Busuanga windshield for driver.|
I'll continue to update this as we see more styles.
So here3 are a couple shots of tricycles in El Nido, on the north end of the Palawan island.
|Notice the large single window for the passengers and the driver.|
|Much fancier than other areas, but less space for 'Large Americans'. Room for only parcels on the back.|