By REDJIE CAWIS / RC- PIA CAR
PUGO, La Union — A couple of nine years made mark by renewing their vows in a more adventurous way.
In a rainy Monday afternoon, on May 30, couple Joel Caronongan and Girlie Mendoza- Caronongan together took a 250 meter ride along the 60 feet high zip line of Pugo Adventure also known as Pugad, while their sponsors, family, friends and guests are at the other side for their reception.
The zip line ride in Palina, Pugo, La Union came after their renewal of vows at the Basilica of Our Lady of Charity in Agoo, La Union.
Having tried several rides in Pugad, the couple, who live in Baguio City, decided to have an adventurous way of celebrating their ninth year anniversary by zip lining their way to their reception while their guests and sponsors in their gowns and barongs have to cross a hanging bridge.
Pugad Operations Manager Kathleen Martin said she was surprised and at the same time excited when the couple approached her and said that they wanted to zip line to their reception. Since Pugad started operation in September last year, the Caronongan couple was the first to broach the idea of an adventure wedding therein.
The couple actually wanted to have an all terrain-vehicle drive before the zip line ride but the afternoon rains made the track muddy.
Joel and Girlie describe their zip line ride as just part of their adventurous life as couple.
Pugad is known for its three zip lines, said to be longest in Luzon – a 400 meter long and 250 feet high zip ride that can make your childhood dream of becoming superman or trying to fly like a bird come true. The other lines include a 250 meter long and 160 feet high and a 250 meter long 60 feet high.
One could enjoy the zip rides above verdant rice fields, trees, pools and a clean river that flows right at the heart of sitio Kagaling.
The mountain resort also offers five swimming pools and shower rooms for children and adults alike and a cool flowing river where guests could enjoy the fresh waters of Pugo.
Guests could also try ATVs and buggy rides for them to tour the premises of resort which is nestled in a three-hectare land.
Other facilities include various nipa huts, cottages, picnic grounds, function halls, souvenir shops and a restaurant.
Pugad also caters to team-building and to group activities for companies and other groups.
Pugad is located at sitio Kagaling in Palina. It is 300 meters from the Marcos Highway approximately a 30-minute drive from Baguio City or more than an hour-drive from San Fernando City, La Union. Coming from Manila, the place can be reached in four hours.
Martin said they are now planning on having adventure wedding packages to boost the resort not just as a place for extreme sports and eco-adventures but also an alternative wedding venue for adventurous couples. # nordis.net