'French Spiderman' Alain Robert climbs Makati skyscraper

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 29 2019 12:30 PM | Updated as of Jan 29 2019 02:00 PM

MANILA - A 56-year-old man dubbed the "French spiderman" scaled a Makati skyscraper without safety gear Tuesday morning, ticking another high-rise off his bucket list.

Kuha ni Bayan Patroller Mark San Agustin

Alain Robert, notorious for being arrested around the world for climbing towering structures including the Eiffel Tower, was caught on video dangling several stories above Makati's usual rush hour traffic.

 

Roberts, clad in dark long sleeves and yellow pants with a camera attached on his head, was seen hoisting himself from one floor to another, video taken from one of the offices inside the GT Tower building showed.

The glass-walled skyscraper is the 7th tallest building in the Makati central business district with 43 stories at a height of 217.20 meters, information from real estate data mining company Emporis showed.

The French national was seen descending from the building's facade shortly before noon and was arrested by local authorities.

Police officials told ABS-CBN News Robert may be charged for breaking city ordinances, depending on their evaluation of his case.

Robert, who has been climbing buildings since he was 11, made a Guinness World Record for "most buildings climbed" after he conquered 121 structures in 2015.

"Climbing is [not just] my passion but also my philosophy of life," Robert said on his website.

"I have never thought about giving up on my childhood dream. I already knew that climbing was for me as important as eating or breathing," he said.

Among landmarks the French spiderman earlier scaled were the Sydney Opera House, Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Towers, New York’s Empire State Building, and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.