Find best PH climbing wall atop Cebu skyscraper


The breath-taking view of Cebu City's South Road Properties (SRP) from the Club Ultima tower.

The breath-taking view of Cebu City’s South Road Properties (SRP) from the Club Ultima tower.

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Cebu City visitors won’t miss the tall Club Ultima building and Towers 1 of Crown Regency Hotels  towering above the uptown skyline. Nearer the skyscrapers at the Fuente Osmeña circle, one further sees the zipline cables connecting the top floors.

That'sAlya, Potpot, Andre, Nicole, and JL.

That’sAlya, Potpot, Andre, Nicole, and JL.

But up at the 39th floor we — the kids with close friends and yours truly — went to again experience what is billed as the world’s only rock climbing wall atop a skyscraper.

The zipline and climbing wall are two of the exciting features of the Sky Experience Adventure. There’s the Edge Coaster, Sky Walk, Sky Lift, Tower Zip, Paramount Wall, Cliff Hanger and Vertex. Club Ultima chairman and CEO Richard L. King described this as a “must experience.”

“Not only do you get to do this on top of the city’s tallest building. You also get to challenge yourself to scale heights you never imagined,” Mr. King wrote in his message in the publication “Ultima Matters.”

While it is usually windy at the top floors, I noted early that morning, the weather bulletin placed Cebu under signal number 1 because of typhoon Caloy. Hmmm. Scary.

It was also past 6 pm when we arrived. The panoramic evening view of the city was breath-taking. And the group could enjoy climbing up to 1 am, that’s if you  have the energy for several climbs up a rather challenging wall.

Haha. No, I did not climb. I am only the stage father or yaya or photographer accompanying Alya Simone, Natasha Nicole, Andre Sandino, Potpot, and JL. Somehow, Alya convinced them to climb what she described as the best climbing wall in the Philippines.

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Former child rock-climbing champ of Cebu Alya Simone Mongaya conquering the world's only rock climbing wall on top of a skyscraper.

Former child rock-climbing champ of Cebu Alya Simone Mongaya conquering the world’s only rock climbing wall on top of a skyscraper.

The now 21-year-old Alya should know. She began climbing at six years old and participated at that young age in a national competition at the Glorietta in Makati City. After winning several competitions, she received a “Garbo sa Sugbo” award from then Gov. Gwen Garcia. When she stopped joining competitions when she reached high school, she has already tried going up different rock climbing walls in the country.

That Saturday was not the first the kids tried the wall and definitely not the last. Thanks to my good friends Guido Tabañag and Mr. Richard King.

And I thought, why not a rock climbing competition atop a skyscraper, guys?

Newbies Natasha Nicole and JL Escatron.

Newbies Natasha Nicole and JL Escatron.

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That’s Bordi in action.

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Go JL, go!

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Natasha Nicole, the beginner.

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How’s the climb, Pot?

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