We visited the Doce Pares Ziplining facility in Barangay Busay last Sunday. The place is (according to the tarp at the gate) the First Zip Line Ride in Cebu. If you can remember, I already featured a zipline facility in this blog a few months ago (the one in Hidden Paradise Mountain Resort in San Fernando.) But technically, San Fernando is not in Cebu City. So I guess the one in San Fernando is the first zipline facility in the province while this one is the first in the city. Correct me if I am wrong.
Anyway, the place is only around thirty minutes from JY Square in Lahug. You can get there via habal2x or by taxi. Entrance fee is twenty pesos per head. I’m not sure how much they collect for young kids, though. If you want to try the zipline, you only have to pay a hundred (round trip).
We saw this guy ziplining when we arrived. He looks like he is having a swell time!
That road going up (left) will take you to Top Garden. So, since you’re ziplining, you wouldn’t want to go there. You see that small street sign (red arrow) near the head of that woman on the bike? That’s where you’re going.
The Welcome to Busay sign. The gate is literally on the other side of the road. If you’re standing under the sign, just cross the street and you’ll be there.
The welcome tarp says it all.
Entrance Fee is Php20 per person.
A huge group (and their habal2x rides) was gathered at the gate when we arrived.
After paying, you are given an instruction to drive straight until you reach the viewing deck. Here is the short drive to the main view deck and launch towers.
A very cute grotto along the way.
A small videoke kiosk can be found under this makeshift bamboo bridge.
Payment for the ride is done at the main deck. It’s also where their merchadise are sold. You can get a shirt for 150 pesos.
Here is a view of the northern launch/landing tower.
Let’s zoom in, shall we?
There’s that dude taking off from the southern tower.
And there he goes!
A bamboo bridge. Reminds me so much of Bindoy in Negros.
And this one is a bit tricky. Jump to the next picture to find out why.
Now can you handle that? Can you get to the other side without kissing the ground below?
Anyway, before you ask why they have this kind of bridge, I believe this is for some sort of training. You see, Doce Pares is (according to Wiki)
a Filipino martial art that focuses on two stick fighting and later adopted the Balintawak style method of one stick fighting. Magellan’s sword-wielding conquistadors fell to Datu Lapu-Lapu who used Eskrima to defeat the Spaniards at the Battle of Mactan. Doce Pares claims to trace its history to Lapu-Lapu although he used only one sword which can be seen in his statue.
Here is another shot of the northern landing/launch tower.
Kids playing with the ropes used to stop incoming ‘traffic’ from overshooting the ‘runway.’
And just like that, there is a tent in the middle of the field. I think they allow tent pitching here.
Motorcycle parking area. Plenty of space.
Vehicle parking area. Ample.
A small multi-story cafe. Nice.
Kape Igso. Cool! Your igso is the son or daughter of your godmother/godfather.
Check out the second floor of the cafe.
Gorgeous view of Cebu City. Wow!
And on the other side, the marvelous view of Barangay Malubog. Wow!
What do you think of the Doce Pares zipline? Let us know in the comments below!