Agas-Agas Bridge in Brgy. Kahupian, Sogod, Southern Leyte is the tallest bridge in the Philippines. It was built to avoid the perennial landslide dangers in the area during heavy rains. It keeps the Mahaplag-Sogod section of the Maharlika Highway open and safe by creating the viaduct to bypass the original route that was carved on the side of the mountain.
After visiting the Leyte Landing Memorial, we took a van bound for Maasin City, Southern Leyte and alighted at Mahaplag crossing. Fare is 150 PHP and travel time is almost 2 hours.
From there, we hired a habal-habal for 300 PHP (2-way) that brought us to the Agas-Agas Bridge in about 30 minutes.
To date, this bridge is the tallest column bridge that the DPWH had constructed with the aid from the Japanese Government. This 350 meter linear bridge is supported by two piers from the ground and has a height of 292 feet above the ground.
With its high tourism potential, a viewing deck was created on both sides at the top of the two piers. Parking lot, food kiosks and a tourist pavilion were also set up to cater the arrival of tourists wanting not just to cross the bridge but to witness this excellent engineering landmark.
The plan is to make the bridge a haven for brave souls who are into bungee jumping, paramotor, downhill skateboarding, ziplining, rappelling and other extreme sports. But I think that is still too far from reality. At the time of our visit, only the zip line is operational, which we tried.
The way the bridge was constructed is very modern, which makes it a natural tourist attraction. As it provides a significant link to motorists travelling from Luzon to Mindanao, a stopover to the bridge is a great way to take a rest from the long overland travel to and from the southern part of the Philippines.
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HOW TO GET THERE
From Tacloban City, take a van bound for Maasin, Southern Leyte. Tell the driver to drop you at Mahaplag crossing. Fare is 150 PHP and travel time is 1.5 - 2 hours. From there, hire a habal-habal for 300 pesos (2-way) going to Agas-Agas bridge. Travel time is around 30 minutes.
You may also take a van from Tacloban City bound for Sogod, it passes by the Agas-agas Bridge.
This is a part of my Leyte and Southern Leyte Adventure Getaway last October 1-2, 2011. Southern Leyte is the 40th province on my list. Indeed, this trip made me realize that there's more to Southern Leyte other than the typhoons and landslides. It also made me experience its innate provincial beauty that is undoubtedly worth traveling for. Join me as I experience Southern Leyte!
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