Morion's PhotoGallery 101| "Habal-Habal"

Date taken: December 09, 2011
Location   : Asturias, Cebu, Philippines


Habal-habal is a common mode of transportation here in Cebu,  specially in mountainous Barangays wherein roads are not accessible by 4 wheeled public utility vehicles.  It is also called as Skylab in some places particularly in Mindanao. 
These photographs were taken while I am on travel going to Tuburan (Cebu) for my weekly Unit Monitoring. 
I was amazed how the driver managed to balance the passengers seated on both sides (left and right extension wood) plus the additional weight of the other one at his back.





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This post is Morion's entry to Pinoy Travel Bloggers' 
Blog Carnival for the month of December 2011. 
The theme for this month's carnival is TRAVEL IS A DESTINATION 
hosted by Kara Santos of TravelUP

42 comments:

  1. i've tried habal-habal when we went to taoist temple. (just a short ride)

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  2. This is the real habal-habal I heard from the stories of my colleagues who were out for field work. In faraway towns of Rizal and Mindoro, a single motorsiklo (without the improvised side seats) is called habal-habal too.

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  3. @ dee: true habal-habal nga din ang tawag, sa mindoro i tried also ung papuntang matungao sa socorro mindoro
    @mitchi: mas mura nga qng habal habal sasakyan papuntang taoist temple sa lahug at pwede dn magpa antay kc bihira pumapasok dun na taxi o jeep
    @ Matsumoto: niresearch q nga qng bat skylab, un pala kya skylab kc may extension seats nga sa magkabilang gilid taz pag nakaupo dun mga passengers nakaangat ang paa taz parang nasuspend dw sa ere pakiramdam kaya parang astronaut ng skylab (totoo kaya nabasa q?) jejeje

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  4. This type of transportation is very common in the rural areas. Nice photos :D

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  5. Only in the Philippines daw yong habal-habal. But why actually it is called habal-habal? As far as I know, "habal" literally means mating. Ins't it?

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  6. Tama!visayan word ang habal(if im not mistaken) "habal" is d way animals do sex jejeje, un ung pagsampa sa likod to mate.tinwag sya na habal kc nga halos pareho position ng pasahero sa literal meaning n2 jeje;)

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  7. panalo 'tong habal habal na to. haha..

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  8. habal-habal has invaded metro manila na din. :D

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  9. mas type ko sa trycycle nalang sumakay kesa habal habal, nakita ko may trycycle naman bakit gusto nila sumakay sa ganyan, dangerous

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  10. @chris;usualy kc ung tricycle s mga ganitong lugar hanggang highway lng kc indi n kayang umakyat s mabubundok n barangay taz makipot at mabato p daan kya no choice mga people kundi habal2x

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  11. pinoy are really resourceful! :) hopefully no accident happens out of this.

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  12. i saw one in leyte but never dared to ride one...scary!

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  13. what a beautiful picture you have here, you truly capture something worth seeing.

    visiting here

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  14. magaling talaga ang pinoy... we can improvise and maximize things... and as the pic shows, magaling din tayo mag balance (lol)... Yahweh bless.

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  15. i'm from Cebu but I have never seen that ... scary

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  16. I've been to Cebu, but was not able to try this one..

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  17. first time ko narinig about habal habal .it's amazing how the driver manages to balance it .what if the other side has an overweight pasenger against the underweight or normal on the other side.just wondering how much effort the driver will do just to balance it.

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  18. wow amazing! love to try this too. and capture a lot of photos. What excites me going especially in Mindanao is riding habal-habal. in Luzon, habal-habal isn't common.

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  19. Wow nakakata-cute :-) And cute sumakaym I would love to try this for the adventure section of my blog

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  20. i"ve seen that sa cebu, i wished na makasakay ako, but d daw ako mag balanse ! ^_^

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  21. Is habal habal safe? It looks scary. You need a great balance while riding habal habal. I can'timagine plus size people riding it.

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  22. this really tickles my curiosity. but in the end, i can say the driver is an expert in balancing.hehe

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  23. Winner tong habalhabal

    I did my Camiguin is Habal habal
    but with no wood extensions..

    This looks scary though. :)

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  24. Now I read the comments so i learned something. :)

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  25. yes, mura nga pero nakakatakot din kasi tatlo kami angkas sa likod. =)

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  26. Im living somewhere in hinterlands lols.. so i ride like this all the time. hehehe master nako sa habal habal hehhehe

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  27. seen a lot of these in Ezperanza, ADS. Sayang I could not take pics of them kasi we're also driving fast.

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  28. With this mode of transport, you can see how ingenius the Pinoys are. I hope to visit Cebu and ride one these habal-habal.

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  29. I'll never pass a ride on a habal-habal if given opportunity. :)

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  30. It's amazing how they can balance.

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  31. Tnx guys for drop-by and leaving nice comments. Truly nakaka amaze ang habal habal;)

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  32. ive ridden habal habals in asturias and tuburan but haven't seen this kind but only in eastern mindanao. sure cebu to?

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  33. Yap cebu nga estan;) pero ito dn first tym q na makakita ng ganitong style ng habal2x sa asturias usualy kc motor lng.kya nagkainteres dn aq na kunan kc bihira nga style nya d2 s cebu. May isa pang style aqng nakita sa sogod naman ung may bubong unfortunate lng kc indi q nkuhan;)

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  34. grabeeeeh ang hirap siguro mag balance niyan sobra for the driver... :) amazing din yung ibah nah habal2 mas madami pah sakay kaysa kotse... :) hehehehe may ibah between 5-8 akoh nakitah...

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  35. Riding this is definitely an adventure in itself!

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  36. I am about to make a post about habal habal. Good that I've visited your site. Its a common mode of transportation here in the rural areas like in Bukidnon. :-).

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  37. saw here a collection of habal-bahal pictures in different parts of mindanao: http://bit.ly/rP9yZW

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  38. experienced the habal-habal when my friends and i were dumaguete and my brother and i were in davao. exciting, but really, really scary :)

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  39. Thanks for sharing your photos to the blog carnival. I've yet to try riding on a habal-habal with the side seats. Ang galing talaga ng drivers mag-balance! I wonder what's the most number of people you could fit on a habal-habal :p

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  40. wow! thanks guys for dropping here'
    @ ms kara; the honor is mine, ur compilation is great hope to be part again of next year's ptb blog Carnival'

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  41. I miss the scary experience of habal2x back in Ronda, Cebu. But that skylab has shelter like a jeepney. LOL. It was really scary to think we were going up the rocky hills.

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