I’m terrified with heights.
There, I confess. Even the sight of someone clinging to the face of a tall mountain, those cliffhangers, would make my palms sweat. But they say courage is not the absence of fear, but the strength to overcome that fear (naks!).
So I held my breath and took the 4-minute ride in the Edge Coaster, found at the 37th floor of the Crown Regency Hotel and Towers, Cebu City. Everything is close from here because it’s a stone’s throw from Fuente Osmena, a landmark which I consider as the core of the Cebu wheel (hey, where’s the roller skating in Fuente?).
Let me say that again – the 37th floor of the Crown Regency Hotel, which claims to be the highest hotel building in the Philippines. My palms are sweating even while reliving the experience for this article.
The Edge Coaster also claims to be the one and only of its kind in the world. Dito lang sa Pinas. Some call it the Sky Edge. It’s probably a mixture of Sky Walk (another exciting activity at the lower floor) and the Edge Coaster, both guaranteed to pump up one’s adrenaline (us who are afraid of heights, at least).
The view from the 37th floor is impressive. It should be – the ride is worth P580 for two, but you still have to pay the entire amount if you’re alone (the good thing, though, is you get to eat the two food choices that come with the P580-package). You can have the same view from Tops or at the Marco Polo Hotel. But everything looks closer at the Regency Hotel, with a nice view of Fuente Osmena, the Jones Street, the harbor and the circumferential road. Use the telescopes for a better view of the surroundings.
This great view, just within the glass confinement that makes you feel safe, is heightened (no pun intended) by the cool Cebuano air running through your hair. Ok, some of you may think the air in Cebu is a bit hot, but, you see, it was raining when we decided to ride the Edge Coaster. It’s a view that takes your breath away.
Then your breath gets heavier as the excitement creeps in, starting with the signing of the waiver and the wait to get in the two-person coaster. It’s always good to bring the person you’re courting because she’ll most probably hold your hand while shouting. And you’ll probably suck in all your fear, least your date think you’re a wuss.
We stepped on the platform, listening to the instructions. Just relax, they say. It’s perfectly safe (so why did they make us sign a waiver, pray tell?). The first 5 seconds of the ride, around the bend, is completely controlled by the crew. Which means the coaster tilts whether you like it or not. You only have two sets of choices at that point – how loud your shout will be and whether to close your eyes.
You’ll have control for the rest of the ride and you could decide to tilt it further if you want. Just flick a switch in front and the coaster moves to a steeper incline. Bad news if you’re a control freak, because each passenger has his own control switch. Your braver companion could make life more miserable, and more exciting, for both of you by increasing the incline (which is, again, perfect if you have a date).
So, next time you’re in Cebu City, visit the Edge Coaster.