A Mode of Transport Called Kuliglig

Bicycles are common mode of transport used by man. Then these are modified in various forms. In the Philippines, a sidecar is attached to the bicycle making this a tricycle powered by man’s own energy of cycling. These are called padyak or tri-sikad.

A Bicycle

A Trisikad

Then upgraded by using motor engines to power these padyak or trisikad. And these are commonly called kuliglig. The motor engines used are those used by fishing boats or bancas.

The motor engine used

A closer look at the motor engine

The kuliglig come in one form, but the design of the sidecar’s cover came in different forms and designs. Some has the owner’s family name designed on the cover, orĀ  the religious affinity of the owner can be gleaned through the print’s on the design.

Owner's family name printed on the cover

Hispanized Name

Nicknames and Religious Sayings

Or major characters of a movie are also used to name a kuliglig.

Superman Kuliglig

Recently, there are plenty of kuligligs plying around the streets of Manila. Are these becoming a menace or help in economic development?


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