“Let’s cross the bridge when we get there” – as what many of us like to say.
What if a bridge is made of light materials, will you still cross it?
Crossing the Hanging Bridge is one of the many activities you will experience if you avail a low-cost Bohol tour package. One of the famous destinations or activities, not only for domestic tourists but also for foreigners is crossing the hanging bridge located at the Municipality of Sevilla in Bohol.
The hanging bridge is about 40 meters long, which helps the folks cross the Sipatan River. Before the hanging bridge was made, the only option to cross the river was by outrigger boats or by swimming. Known popularly as the “Hanging Bridge”, the Sipatan Bridge developed by the government as a tourist attraction now gives the locals a chance to sell their products to the tourists and earn a living.
The entrance of the Hanging Bridge is gradually developed. The visitors who cross the bridge will pay P10/each. Today, there are two bridges that can be used by both visitors and townsfolk – one for entrance and the other one for exit to avoid congestion and accidents. They started collecting the entrance fee since February 2009. Proceeds will be for the development and maintenance of the bridge. In an ordinary day, collections would average to about P4,000.
Tour guides and locals say that the bridge can hold up to 100 people at a time but I do not think anyone would risk joining that number. The swaying of the bridge and its height from the river will surely give you goose bumps. On the other side of the bridge is a souvenir shop and some kids are selling their homemade products such as necklaces and bracelets.
Most foreigners love crossing the hanging bridge because they cannot experience it in their country. It is only in the Philippines where the people trust the bamboos so much and can think of brilliant ideas and do engineering work without spending too much.