By Freddie G. Lazaro
Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte — Aside from being recognized as having the largest capacity of renewable energy in Southeast Asia due to its existing 300 megawatt (MW) windfarms, Ilocos Norte is also home to the world’s longest ziplines over water.
The 1.7 kilometer and 1.2 kilometer ziplines over water established by Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center in Barangay Balaoi here eclipsed the previous word record of 787.87 meters (2,600 feet) in Haiti.
The resort launched the 1.2 kilometer zipline over water in 2013 while the 1.7 kilometer version was formally opened on December, 2016.
At least 100 local and foreign tourists on the average try out the ziplines on a daily basis
Retired Col. Ricardo Nolasco, owner of Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center, said the construction of the two world’s longest ziplines over water is part of his plan to build a world class resort in the Philippines.
“We are establishing more attractive and world’s class edifices to show to the world that Ilocos Norte is a prime tourism destination in the country,” said Nolasco.
Zipline rates range from P650 to P900.
According to Nolasco, a number of men even made their marriage proposals before trying out the two ziplines.
Meanwhile, the resort formally opened a newly constructed three- story hotel building equipped with luxurious and modern amenities recently.
The new 36-room premium suites building is located beside a mountain cliff and overlooking the pristine blue lagoon.