I went to visit my hometown. That is Malaybalay, Bukidnon, Philippines. It was a short visit. I had to meet my very good and great friend, Christine. She is from Germany and she is my spiritual mom (christians coined this term “spiritual parent” for their disciplers that minister to them as they begin their walk). Christine, pronounced as /krIs.tI.nI /, was a missionary here in the Philippines from late 90’s up to early 2004. Her family came to visit Malaybalay. Since I am currently residing away from my hometown, I had to travel 7 hours just to see her and her family.
Anyway aside from seeing her, I got the chance to see my old friends and my spiritual family from CCF. My girlfriends – Abie, Marie and Relaine, took me to DAHILAYAN ADVENTURE PARK. As of today, this park offers the longest zipline in Asia. It is located in Brgy. Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.
Dahilayan Adventure Park boasts of two 840 meters Ziplines with a drop of 100 meters. Zipriders are transported via 4WD Safari Cruiser to a launch tower at 4500′ ASL. Zoom thru a rainforest canopy at 60-80 kph to land at Carrier type flightdeck using a special arresting gear system. They also have 320 mtr and 150 mtr ziplines for the family.
This park also offers a Tower of Ropes Course, a twelve stage High and Low Wire obstacle course complete with a multisided Rockwall, Rappeling Tower and Zipline. This Course is definitely good for team-building among company or office workers.
Of course, I got to ride all their ziplines from 150 to 840. Since there were so many Zipriders, my group came last for the 840 meters. Eight of my friends backed-out since it was already dark and scarry. But Kuya Francis, Kiko, Abie and I never thought to crawfish out from zipping. Well, the nerve to zip through the night, you say. But we never thought of any possible problem or the “what if” as we zip through the dense canopy of the pine trees. You bet, it was really dangerous considering that the place is new and there were no electric lights, so we literally zip blind, we do not know if we are at the end of the line… and it was the first time of the park to have Night zipriders. My mom would panic if she’d know about it. Yet, at that time, I honestly never thought of that. After the experience and looking back, that was really brave of us then. Abie said she will never do it again – ME? I can’t tell. I realized I was never afraid of heights… which I thought I was… the fear being inside the elevator is probably not of the heights but because I may be am claustrophobic. I enjoyed zipping and I love it. I wanna zip again.
and oh! Riding the Safari Cruiser was really fun! My group really whooped, screamed and even shrieked!