SEVILLA, Bohol – The famed double hanging bridges made of bamboo and steel is back to business after they were washed out by flash floods as a result of the typhoon “Seniang” in December last year, sources said. Brisk sales tickets at Php20 per person, except for children below 10 years old, are evident as the average arrivals reached to 200-300 per day, according the ticket incharge here in an interview. Barangay folk residing in other side of the river are free to cross, the caretakers said.
But the influx of tourists from around the globe, since foreigners also visit here and experience it, may be temporary. It is only this season (summer) that a lot of tourist vans and buses bring in visitors, the source said. After the summer days, fewer people visit here, the caretakers said. They said that after the devastating typhoon “Seniang” that produced rampaging water that almost flooded the highway no one visited it for months. And the twin hanging bridges were nowehere to be found, they said.
But the most difficult thing is that residents of barangay Lobgob on the other side of the Loboc river cannot pass through but to make a circuitous way. And the municipal government here was quick to respond to the need to the residents by appropriating fund to rebuild the twin hanging foot bridge on the same spot.
It is originally built after world war to make the people bring their fruits of labor in farming to the market. “Its unique blend of natural sceneries, the showcase of indigenous native handicraft across the river and the warm Sevillahanon’s hospitality has captured the hearts and imagination of visitors, both foreign and domestic.”
“The deck of the bridge is formed out of the intricately woven bamboo slats that rhythmically bounces and sways on each step as if playfully welcoming every pedestrian that crosses it.” (rvo)