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Bulacan - Traversing through the Monkey Bridge over Madlum River


The monkey bridge over the Madlum River was built not as an attraction for tourists, rather it is a bridge used by the locals to cross the river especially when they are chasing time. It is composed of two cable wires stretched out on both sides, one used as a handle and the other is where you walk to move yourself to the other end.


Traversing through the width of the river hanging several feet above it while carefully balancing yourself between the two unsteady wires is extremely difficult. Consider also other factors such as the gustiness of the wind and the wobbling wires, crossing the bridge is really frightening! Hahaha!



Shame on me, I call myself an Adventurista but I was not daring enough to cross that bridge. Hahaha! Yes I am afraid to try it! I don't know how to swim and there's no harness or even a life jacket, I don't like the idea of getting drowned if I fall off. It’s like "cross the bridge at your risk!" Hehehe!


As I've said, the bridge serves it purpose of transferring people from one side of the river to the other end. It is not as if a mandatory act that you have to do. So, I just settled on the bamboo raft to cross the river. Safer? not really... Hahaha!


Some of my friends tried it! I was just contented watching and taking pictures of them traversing the bridge. They said, it's scary at first but when you get yourself stable on the wires, it's not as hard as it looks like.


This is another adventure activity that you shouldn't miss! Highly recommended for dare devils who seek a thrilling experience. You can read my other posts on the activities we did on this 2-day adventure-filled weekend in San Miguel Bulacan (click on one of the links below).

UPDATE (04/04/2011): Two weeks ago, my friend went back to Mt. Manalmon. A zip line had already been installed over the Madlum River, another reason that I should come back there. Hehehe! Maybe soon!


This 2-day adventure happened last January 22-23, 2011 at San Miguel Bulacan. Here is a series of posts on this one of a kind mountaineering experience with my group, "The Sosyal Klaymers".

Mt. Manalmon Climb | Mt. Manalmon - How To Get There, Travel Expenses, Climbing Fees and Contact Details | Madlum River Swimming | Traversing through the Monkey Bridge | Spelunking at Bayukbok Cave

Thanks to Ajel, Benj, Julius and Mitch for sharing some of the photos I used in this series.




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41 comments :

  1. @axl - kelangan matapang ka talaga... hahaha!thanks!

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    1. kailangan ng mga heart broken!.. haha!

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  2. Na-uh...not for me. I don't like heights! Your friends were really brave.

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  3. @Grace - yeah. they are really brave! Thanks po! =D

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  4. definitely want to try that, ill try falling too sa gitna nga tubig! haha. malalim ba ang tubig na pwedeng tumalon sa gitna? hehe

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  5. @Ed - yeah, mamalim cya... yung iba nga nag back flip pa... ingat lang kc baka sumabit ka sa wire... hehehe... =D

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  6. weh? dalawang cable wires lang? ang galing kaya hehehe.

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  7. @Fetus - yes po... try nyo po... sabi ng mga friends ko madali lang daw... hehehe!!! next time itry ko na cya, pero magdadala nako ng life vest... hahaha!!!

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  8. Is this serious?! What the?! What if marami kang dala? :))

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  9. @AJ - yes po... it is not advisable na dyan dumaan kung marami kang dala... you could either use the bamboo raft nalang or cross thru the shallow parts of the river...

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  10. haha natakot ang adventurista! ;p katakot naman kase, kahet ako cguro magpapawis kamay ko jan akya minsan ayoko mag-byahe na may ksama pag mga my ganyang adventure, nasisisra pangalan ko, nabibisto mga weakness ko. haha but it was one great adventure for you and your friends! parang sarap maligo jan sa ilog, reminds me of simpleng buhay sa probinsya. :)

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  11. @pinaysolobackpacker - madaya sila kasi marunong sila lumangoy... hahaha!!! Thanks Gael! =D

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  12. sir..if u pas thru the bamboo raft, mababasa k dn b? yung rock climbing/rapelling po ba mahirap?is there another way na hindi hndi ddaan sa river and rock climbing? do we have options?

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  13. @christian - lakasan lang ng loob cguro yan... hehehe!!!

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  14. @cool4u - if u ride the bamboo raft, hindi ka na mababasa not unless lumubog cya...there are "only" 3 ways to cross the river, cross the monkey bridge, ride the raft or cross in the shallow parts of the river...

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  15. Saya naman dito.. Naalala ko yung sa Takeshi's Castle.. Yung titrahin ka ng canon ball habang tumatawid ka.. Sana ma-try ko rin 'to. :)

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  16. @Bino - oo nga noh? yung hanggang mahulog ka... hahaha!!! try it! thanks po!

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  17. oh men! terrifying, but at the same time exciting! wont hesistate to try that! (excuse mo dapat: i have thing to transport. i need the raft." hehe

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  18. I also followed your site. In my Con Tour Links. :-)

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  19. Mervs. This kind of adventure is really frightening. I have fear in height, but I know how to swim. Sayang lang mervs hindi tayo nagkita sa MOA nun. Anyway may other time pa naman.:-).

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  20. "...rather it is a bridge used by the locals to cross the river especially when they are chasing time." - Nagmamadali sila sa lagay na yan? Pagpapakamatay yan. Hahaha.

    Me too. I'll never cross that bridge - if you consider it as a bridge in the first place. :)))

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  21. looks fun, gusto ko din i-try and adventure na to tubig naman ang babagsakan :)

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  22. @chyng - try mo Chyng! panalo cya! wahahaha! wala namin

    kc akong dala kundi ang belt bag ko... lolz!

    @Moks - thank$!!!

    @Bonzeti - Thank you po... =D

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  23. @Con Tour - medyu nakakatakot nga especially kung di ka marunong lumangoy...sayang nga, tinamad kc akong lumabas nun eh... maybe next time po...

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  24. @poot - based on my observation, pag sanay ka na tumawid dun, mabilis nalang sila makating sa kabila compared to suing the bamboo raft...

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  25. @lakwatsera - yeah, nice cya... sa dami ng reactions na na-receive ko, na pressure tuloy akong bumalik dun at i-try na cya... hahaha!!!

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  26. wow! Ayos to ah! Kaya ko kaya toh? Malalim ba babagsakan? All waters and nde mabato? :)

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  27. @tina-yup, punta kayu dyan...malapit lang naman...2hours lang from Manila... malalim yung babagsakan...di naman mabato...yung sa gilid lang ng river ang mabato...

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  28. wow! parang pang Amazing Race challenge to ah! i wanna try din (sabay ngatog ng tuhod. hahaha). sguro magdala nlng ako life vest at isuot ko before ako mag attempt mag cross sa bridge na yan. mailista nga sa things to do list ko pag matuloy ako ng july jan ;-)

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  29. @Doi - tamaa! kelangan mag life vest kung di marunong lumangoy, katulad natin? hahaha!!! wow! let me know, i'll be glad to help pag punta mo ng Manila... =D

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  30. It looks fun! But I'm sure ang hirap tumawid dyan. Bakit hindi na lang hanging bridge ang ginawa? Hassle naman nung wires. Haha.

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  31. @Kim - hahaha!!! meron ng zip line ngayon... hehehe...

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  32. Lots of great reading here, thanks! I had been researching on yahoo when I identified your publish, I’m going to add your feed to Google Reader, I look forward to far more from you.

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  33. ang cool ng place na ito... mukhang okay naman yung babagsakan.

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  34. parang kakaiba nga talaga...wanna try it also. :-)

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  35. wow p0arang kakaiba nga yan ah...wanna try it also... :-)

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  36. Would you recommend trying it kahit hindi marunong lumangoy? I really want to try crossing the bridge pero di ako marunong lumangoy. Haha!

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  37. Woooh! I want to try it soon! Thanks PinoyAdventurista! :)

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