The Agas-Agas Bridge: the country’s newest tourism attraction
The Agas-Agas Bridge in Brgy. Kahupian, Sogod, Southern Leyte – the country’s newest tourism attraction – was formally inaugurated today, August 09, 2009 with Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the Japanese Ambassador to Manila, Makoto Katsura, leading the affair.
The bridge, touted to be the tallest in the country at a height of 75m, was constructed at a cost of PhP1.024B funded by the national government with funding assistance from the government of Japan thru the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The bridge serves as a vital link between Luzon and Mindanao through the Liloan ferry terminal in Southern Leyte providing a safe, stable link to the landslide-prone Agas-agas area traversing the Mahaplag, Leyte to Sogod, Southern Leyte section of the Maharlika Highway. Its completion along the mountainous terrain will make the road section passable to all vehicular traffic at all times even during bad weather. The opening of the bridge cuts down travel time by one and a half hours from Tacloban to Liloan and vice versa.
Aside from motoring convenience, the modern bridge construction which straddles two mountains at a high elevation and a length of 350 meters has provided the region with good tourism potentials for extreme sports enthusiasts.
Built amidst the panoramic natural beauty of the mountains and rivers surrounding the area, plans are already afoot for the construction of facilities for extreme sports activities such as bungee jumping 30 stories down, rope jumping, rappelling, a zip line and para-gliding, among others.
Photos taken Saturday, August 08, before its formal opening to the public.
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The view and scenery surrounding the Agas-Agas Bridge: