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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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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Galeón Andalucía- a replica of the Spanish Galleons of old – visits Maasin City, Southern Leyte as part of the 1st Dia de Galeon Festival in the Phillippines.

It is a life-size replica of the Spanish galleons which plied the trade routes between Spanish, Mexican and Philippine ports established in the 17th century.

The body of Galeón Andalucía is a 40-meter fiberglass monohull covered with iroko and pine wood – a great naval engineering challenge in design and technology.

The galleon measures 55 meters long, 10.10 meters wide, with a height reaching 40 meters. She has 4 masts and 7 sails (930 sq. m. total sail area) and has a total crew of 40.

Galeón Andalucía has 6 decks, noble area (4 cabins, bathroom, Admiral’s room and a balcony) and personnel areas (kitchen, holds, crew members quarters) and function areas.

Constructed by the Fundacion Nao Victoria of Seville, Spain, Galeón Andalucía is on a round-the-world trip primarily for science-based research as well as for trade & economic, historical, cultural and tourism promotional objectives.

It left Spain on on March 1, 2010 and has called on the main ports of European countries in the Mediterranean Sea (Spain, Malta, Israel), Red Sea (Egypt), Indian Ocean (Sri Lanka) and China Sea (Shanghai, Hong Kong).

In the Philippines, it first visited Manila, then Cebu, Bohol and Maasin.

It dropped anchor at the Port of Maasin November 2 and departed November 7 for Singapore, after a brief 3-hour stop-over at nearby historic Limasawa Island.

View hi-res photos & slideshow: http://gerryruiz.callezaragosa.com/p346178122

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Before summer of 2010 ends, we just had to go visit again our island paradise – the Island of San Pedro in Hinunangan, So. Leyte.

Although I’ve featured it here several times already, the family just cannot have enough of it.

So without further ado, here are the photos…

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