In every islands and places, there are also different ways of means of transportation. In northern part of the country, their means are different from the southern part, and vice versa. So, here they are.
Modes of Transportation:
1. BUSES - Some travel by land and some are being traveled by the sea through the ferry boat or barge. Regional and provincial buses usually operates day and night on a hourly or more frequent basis. Buses stop usually every 2 or so hours for 10-20 minutes to allow a snack and relief for your bladder. And if a person couldn't resist his/herself to urinate, one can actually ask the bus driver to stop just to relief him or herself. That's tradition here. No need to suffer and wait for the next official toilet stop.
5. FERRY BOAT - Small distances up to a few dozen nautical miles ( 1 nm = 1,852 km ) usually are served by small ferry boats that are certified for 20 to 60 passengers They run at a speed of around 10 knots ( 1 knot = 1 nm / hr ). Different types are used - hydrofoil, catamaran or the very fast regular wooden hull - i.e. converted or adapted fisher boats equipped with safety equipment, radio, roofing and often toilet. The pictures below are the ones being used from Surigao City to Siargao Island, the home of the famous "Cloud Nine" (a surfing region).
This time, from Siargao Island to Surigao City, they rode the open-type of ferry boat. They told me that they felt super dizzy and scared since the waves are really high. They were on the sea for almost an hour.
Large distances at sea are served by large ferry boat operators - probably the largest one in the Philippines is WG & A Superferry Philippines with a large fleet of modern stell hull vessels that take several hundred passengers to sleep, feed and entertain with life music for trips that usually take more than a day (e.g. Manila to Zamboanga city, Mindanao is about 32+ hrs one way by Superferry 9).
7. TRICYCLE - is an upgraded version of the Pedicab. Besides the sidecar carrier which can accommodate 2-6 passengers, the motorcycle itself can have 2 or more passengers riding on it. As of now it is considered as one of the popular transportation in the the smaller parts streets and city provinces as well as rural areas around the Philippines. Trip fares have a minimum amount and additional pay depends on succeeding kilometers. An efficient way of transporting people and goods, the tricycle, can be seen all over the city with different styles and wonderful colors and designs.
8. KALESA - is one of the oldest means of transportation in the Philippines. It is an inclined cart with 2 big wheels at the rear and has 2 rows of seats, with a solo seat on the front row for the driver or in local language as “Kutchero” who handles the horse. Introduced first by the Spaniards in the late 17th Century, for use by noble families and high ranking officials of the colonizing government of Spain. The Kalesa is very rare to spot in the streets nowadays but it is still being used as a means of public transportation in some districts in Metro Manila, especially in Divisoria, Binondo, Intramuros, Mandaluyong near marketplaces and a few rural places around the country, like Cebu. They are commonly seen in the Luneta area for tourists to take a ride around for better viewing of the scenery.
9. HABAL-HABAL - a motorcycle which can carry 4 passengers is being used in rural and far-flung areas. The government has already implemented its complete eradication due to safety measure but there are some who are still engaging in this illegal activity.
SKYLAB - very much common in very far-flung areas. This was also illegalized by the government for safety purpose. But, still, this is being used to carry passengers in the provinces and in mountainous areas.
(P.S. Some pictures used are old ones in which I am grateful and are still stored either in our hard disk or in the USB.)