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A zip-line is an aerial runway consisting of a cable suspended on a pulley system and mounted on an incline. It is designed to enable a user to use gravity to travel from the top to the bottom of an inclined cable through a free-moving pulley. The cable is made of stainless steel, making sure that even those on the heavy side can enjoy the thrill.

Around the Philippines, there are several zip-line courses available to the public, but there are none yet in Cebu City. Most of them are also quite expensive, and can only cater to the higher middle class and up categories. But a group of Cebuanos, involved in the teaching of arnis, wants to change that.

The Doce Pares Organization, led by Grandmaster Dionisio “Diony” Canete, who along with his son, Gerald Canete, have decided to add zip-lining into their training regimen, making it the first zip-line course in Cebu. They specialize in the teaching of Kali Eskrima also known as “arnis” to aspiring students both young and old, Pinoys and foreigners alike and their school in Sto. Nino Village has attracted hundreds of visitors.

To develop their skills in the sport, they decided to incorporate other specializations like kickboxing, grappling, and various rope courses which include zip-line. Wanting to offer something new with Eskrima, as well as to the Cebuanos, they put up a park in Malubog, Busay which is right next to the road leading to Tops Skyline Garden.

The park, which opened to the public last November, is both a training ground for Eskrima students and a getaway haven for adventurers and ordinary people alike. The main attraction is the 180-meter long zipline course—a fun ride to experience—that not only gives users the adrenaline rush but also a picturesque view of Cebu City.

According to Gerald, most of the materials used for the zip line were made right here in Cebu by local folks who were enthusiastic about the course. These were adventurers by heart, and they helped them out by providing the needed materials in building the course.

Some of the materials were acquired in the US, but Gerald said they preferred to get the materials locally if they were available. But they always made sure that safety was always of the utmost importance. They also said that the park will be affordable to people of all ages, because they want the Cebuanos to enjoy it to the fullest. The entrance fee is pegged at P20 per person, while the zip line course is P100 per two rides—much cheaper compared to the other courses available in the Philippines.