Agas-Agas zipline launched-A A +A
Saturday, April 16, 2011
THE “Agas-Agas Bridge Zipline Adventure” was officially launched Friday letting everyone experience soaring at a high speed, flying by wire like Superman did in the movies.
Newsmen from all over Eastern Visayas, including some known tour operators, were treated by the organizers for a day of free rides with a briefing that, the Southern Leyte province will be known as the central of “adventure destination in Eastern Visayas.”
Constructed between two mountains, the Agas-Agas Bridge Zipline or locally known as “Zipline Leyte” offers an extra-ordinary experience on cable rides that traverse the Mahaplag-Sogod section of the Tacloban-Liloan Road giving a rider a full view of the breathtaking panorama with the bridge’s sky-scraping height.
The organizers led by Governor Damian Mercado are hopeful that the opening would bring in more tourists.
The potential of the bridge, which provides a significant link to motorists traveling from Luzon to Mindanao, was noted when it was inaugurated two years ago and endorsed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to turn it into a haven for sports enthusiasts who are into bungee jumping, paramotor, downhill skateboarding and zipline rappelling and other extreme sports.
According to a DPWH official, this bridge is by far the tallest pier or column that the government has constructed. It involves the construction of a 350 linear meter bridge, with a mix of steel and concrete, supported by two piers from the ground and has a height of 292 feet above ground.
Meanwhile, ziplines in the country are fast drawing a big crowd of action and adventure seekers from all over the world.
The extraordinary thrill of being suspended on a cable at considerable heights or the joy of zipping through the woods at a high speed makes ziplines an action-packed activity.
The zipline in Southern Leyte is the third zipline attractions in Eastern Visayas.
Recently, the Caluwayan Island Resort in Marabut Samar and the Leyte Park Resort in Tacloban City officially offered a zipline adventures to its adventure-seeking clients.
Known as a flying fox, foefie slide, zip wire, aerial runway, or aerial rope slide, a zipline consists of a pulley suspended on a cable mounted on an incline.
It is designed to enable a user propelled by gravity to traverse from the top to the bottom of the inclined cable, usually made of stainless steel, by holding on or attaching to the freely moving pulley. Ziplines are used in varied ways and come in various forms.
While others used it as a means of amusement and entertainment, others showcase ziplines as an adventure activity option. Accessing remote areas, such as a rainforest canopy would require longer and higher rides. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)