CURIOUS ABOUT OUR NAME?
The "kalesa" is a horse-drawn carriage that was introduced in the Philippines during the 18th century Spanish colonial period. This mode of transportation was solely used by the most rich and privileged Filipinos at the time. We aspire to always provide the same level of service that kalesas did then, to our clients now, at the most competitive prices possible.
Founded in 2012, Kalesa Travel has been serving Surrey and the Filipino community of the Lower Mainland for ten years now. We are a small agency which means more time spent on each client, with personalized and friendly service. Our clients are our family and no matter your destination, we'll get you there.
Eleanor graduated from Mapua Institute of Technology and University of Santo Tomas in Manila, before acquiring her Tourism Diploma at the Travel & Tourism Institute in Vancouver, BC. She has over 20 years of experience in the travel industry, banking, and sales.
Since receiving her tourism diploma in 1997, she dreamed of having her own travel agency. She made her dream a reality in 2012 with the founding of Kalesa International Tours and Travel Inc.
Met graduated from the Travel and Tourism program in 2015 and has been working with us since. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her puppy, Chowder!
Jermaine joined us in 2014. She is also a Registered Nurse and enjoys travelling in her free time.
Richelle has been working as an administrative assistant and office manager at Kalesa Travel since 2013. She recently completed her degree in Population and Quantitative Health at SFU. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her two kids, her two cats, and her puppy.