I’ve been to the Agas-Agas Bridge in Sogod, Southern Leyte on several occasions.

Currently holding the record of having the highest elevation of all bridges in the Philippines with a height of 292 feet above the ground, it is also the site where the longest zipline (almost a kilometer long) is located.

At this elevation, and when the weather feels like it, low-flying clouds would suddenly envelop the area giving it a scene not unlike being in another temperate country; certainly some place else other than in the Philippines.

And, no, in those times I was in the area, I’ve never had the chance to take some bird shots… until last Thursday, December 22, 2011… when a hornbill, locally known as Talusi, (three of them, actually) suddenly flew into view and perched herself high up in a tree close by where I was just taking snapshots of the general scene.

It was my first bird shot at Agas-agas. And a seldom-seen-in-the-wild Samar Tarictic Hornbill (Penelopides samarensis) at that!

Whew! Certainly a great Christmas gift for me!

Merry Christmas, everybody!!!

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Allow me to share the slideshow presentation of  Kharen Florentino & John Paul Laguilles Nuptials held October 21, 2011 at Rafael’s Farm in Babatngon, Leyte.

This event was a first for us, the documentarists, in so many ways – the prenup was a unique one; we had the shoot at Zip So. Leyte at Agas-Agas Bridge in Sogod, So. Leyte and at a river in Abuyog, Leyte. Also, it was for me the first garden wedding documentation at beautiful Rafael’s Farm in Babatngon, Leyte. The final slideshow shown here also incorporates for the first time both still photos and videos taken during the prenuptials.

Hope you like it.

 

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The country’s longest, highest, steepest and most exciting zip line had its debut recently – the Zip Southern Leyte!

And everyone’s itching to experience the ride of a lifetime!

Zip Southern Leyte had its soft opening last April 15, 2011 and guests were able to try out the zip line for the first time – for free!

Now, hear this: with a length of almost 1 kilometer, it’s the longest in the country today. Average ride duration: 30 seconds.

It’s at the highest elevation. One “flies” over Agas-Agas Bridge – now currently the tallest bridge in the Philippines – at a take off pad with a height equivalent to a 30-storey high building.

It’s the steepest. Having the largest angle of decent makes for having speeds upwards of 110kph, depending on body weight. A rider weighing 40kgs reaches a max speed of 100kps; one weighing 65kgs can reach speeds of up to 140kph.

The Zip Southern Leyte is just one of the major attractions at the Agas Agas Adventure Park which will have full operation by July 1, 2011 in time for the province’s 51st founding anniversary. Other extreme sports facilities like bungee jumping, downhill skateboarding, rappelling, ATV (all terrain vehicle) and cable car are in the pipeline.

The Agas-Agas Adventure Park is a 2-hour drive from Tacloban City via the Maharlika Highway at the famous bridge connecting the towns of Mahaplag, Leyte and Sogod, Southern Leyte.

Zip Southern Leyte’s  rates as announced by the DOT 8:
P280 – regular rate per person
P250 – rate per person for a group of 10 or more

Go now!!!

Additional photos by martiruiz

Additional video by mikiruiz

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It was a different experience we had when we passed by Agas-Agas Bridge – the country’s tallest bridge – over the weekend on our way to Macrohon, Southern Leyte.

Since its inauguration almost a year ago (see: http://gerryruiz.wordpress.com/2009/08/10/the-agas-agas-bridge-the-countrys-newest-tourism-attraction), I could only recall very hot, sweltering days while being in the area.

Last Saturday was different. It was almost sunset when we passed by the bridge and upon disembarking from our vehicle I was  disheartened not to find any chances of a great sunset shot as low-lying clouds was quickly enveloping the whole area.

With a slight drizzle threatening to develop into a major soaking experience, we felt suddenly like being in a different place not unlike some cold, temperate countries. And the atmosphere was suddenly cool and refreshing.

Wow!

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