PostCard Series| Byaheng Habal-habal

habalhabalSison.Feb09.2013

ON TRAVEL| Have you tried or would you try to ride in a “Habal-habal”? It is one of the most common modes of transportation here in Mindanao. Not your usual motorcycle for riding, habal-habal serves as means of transportation for commuting public in rural areas of Surigao del Norte and most provinces of Mindanao.  It is an ordinary or any brand/type of motorcycles redesigned as a public transport that can tolerate rocky, muddy, and off the beaten roads.  A big help to locals usually living in mountainous areas wherein roads are mostly not accessible by 4 wheel vehicles. Interesting about this mode of transportation is that the ability/skill of the driver to balance considering the weight of the passengers from side to side, front, plus another 3 to 4 persons at his back.

4:00 PM of February 09, 2013 
Sison Highway, Surigao del Norte
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31 comments:

  1. pretty nice rides for those adults but seeing kids riding like this makes my heart broken and melt. its not just safe for them…

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  2. You have to be skilled to drive this as it's a bit risky but I'm sure people are used to this type of transportation there.

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  3. The way I look at the picture and seeing the kids riding on this so-called habal-habal means of transporting these kids leads me to a feeling that this is too dangerous. Thought how careful and skillful or expert the motorized bike driver is.

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  4. Onli n the pilipins da best ang habal hambal

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  5. I believe this habal-habal is only seen in the Philippines. It's quite unique for a motorcycle to balance those many passengers.

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  6. i saw this habal-habal when i went to the home of my mother, Davao.. hahaha. nad nakakatakot tignan. baka mahulog ung mga pasahero. hehe

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  7. I've seen this too when we went to Surigao del Sur last year and I find it really dangerous. But come to think of it, it's one thing that is unique as filipino kahit pangdalawahan lang ang sasakyan nagagawang pang madamihan =)

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  8. it's really more fun in the Philippines!!! here oh no, can't drive without seat belts on!!! in the Philippines we can be as creative as we want just to have the money!!!

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  9. I've seen this mode of transpo from a foto sent by a friend - very risky I say, byaheng al fresco! :D But risky as it is, hope they make sure kids are well strapped...or so :/

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  10. So pinoy.. Only in the Phils. Though I find it really dangerous for the passengers!

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  11. I don't actually know if I have the courage to ride a habal-habal because of my natual fear of riding without "cover". I'm sure this will be an adventure for me.

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  12. Risk aside, this ride would be worth trying.

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  13. it's really amazing the ingenuity of filipinos... though sometimes we do some risky ones. Yahweh bless.

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  14. I for not do like to ride the habal2x :-( it is just my honest thoughts :-( It is not safe and worst seeing the kids terrified me :-(

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  15. Seen this many times but never tried it before until now. :)

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  16. Tried and tested...haahahaha..during my vacation in Trento, Agusan del Sur.

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  17. This is so dangerous. I saw this scene many times in our province. We call it as habal-habal.

    I won't definitely allow my kids to ride on it.

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  18. this is the most dangerous public transport vehicle I have seen and every time I saw one, I am shaking in disbelief.

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  19. nakasakay na ako ng ganito. nakakatakot mahulog

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  20. Great photo! I am used to riding different kinds of habal-habal, but this one is indeed very unique. I think this is only in Mindanao. :)

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  21. We have habal habal here in Manila as well, it's just not as common and you don't see that much people riding on one motorcycle. I'm with the rest of the commenters, it doesn't seem safe for this kids! :P

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  22. Kakatuwa naman ang habal habal na to. :) Pero parang nakakatakot. Siguro sanayan lang din. Yun nga lang, talagang delikado.

    Maraming salamat sa pag bisita sa aking blog. :)

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  23. omg... ayokong maranasan ang ganyang adventure... nakakatakot... sa highway pa sila dumadaan so risky kasi mabilis ang speed... natatakot ako sa mga bata...tss

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  24. Reminds me of the habal-habal in Surigao del Sur. Would love to try this someday kaso it doesn't look comfortable!

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  25. This is going to make a lot of western parents cringe. It's pretty badass :)

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  26. Ang lupit talaga ng mga habal-habal diyan. Agaw-buhay ang effect. LOLS

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  27. I tried riding the habal-habal somewhere in Davao del Norte and also in Southern Leyte. Nakakatakot!

    Habal-habal is one of my most feared modes of transportation in the Philippines. Buti na lang yung mga nasasakyan ko ay mga expert yung drivers.

    Thank you very much for visiting my blog.

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  28. Habal habal is really enjoying but I understand it dangerous, An Accident can happen while Habal habal.

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  29. some version of these rides got roof in them for an all weather transportation.

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  30. Hi. Can i borrow this photograph for a blog I am writing? of course, with full attribution and pingback.

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