Kite Flying Festival

Spongebob and ‘Mulawin’ Inspired Designs Win Kite Flying Festival

By: MARJORIE DURAN

Yes, spongebob can fly in the air only that it is made of paper and stick. It turns out as it was smoothly maneuvered aerially by a 10-year-old boy who brought home the award in the non-professional category of a kite flying competition organized by Camella in Taguig last May 26.

Fifth grader Angelito Pascua won the grand prize sweeping off 19 other brightly-colored big kites, he learned flying kite when he was eight but admitted having joined the competition for the first time.

There is also no stopping Edwin Penaranda for bringing home the grand prize in the professional category with his ‘mulawin’ inspired kite who contended against almost fifteen kites, winning for him can be sweeter the seventh time around.

Edwin shared kite flying is not easy as people see it because it requires great balancing in the air but said: “Masarap magpalipad ng saranggola, nakakawala ng problema at stress sa katawan”.

“My kite flying interest was influenced by my grandparents, I started doing my kite using ‘banana Q’ sticks and broom, sometimes I also used parts of broken umbrella,” Penaranda said.

Everyone’s mood was set as the afternoon sky was decorated with different kites designed as butterfly, dragonfly, unicorn, chicken, airplane including some known characters like Tinkerbell and angry bird. Creations also included the local mythical creature ‘manananggal’ but the one which shines the brightest was the dragon, awarded as the most beautiful kite.

Workshop

As the event’s objectives are to unite families and foster camaraderie, children were given the chance to create their own kite with their parents. Materials were given free, composing of adhesive, crayons and papers with a layout of different animal designs like butterfly, birds and chicken.

“This is the best form of recreation for children instead of playing computer games because the air is free and healthy, kite flying festival and workshop should be conducted yearly,” said Virgie Cristobal, Kite Flying Coordinator and a two-time Champion in the Kite Flying Festival-Professional Category.

Virgie shared that kite making is very affordable and can be done with less effort, “One minute is enough in creating the kite and it can be done alone.”

Introducing the basic kite making to children did not end it all; the sky was once again painted with colorful animal figures as the kids experienced flying their own-made kites in the air after the competition.

1st Runner-up (Non-Proffesional Category)

1st Runner-up (Professional Category)

Yes, it was I with the ‘mulawin’ inspired kite

Kite Flying Non-professional Category:

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