Kite flying tilt set in Paseo tomorrow PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 April 2011 14:40

Paseo del Mar will be the center of activities tomorrow, April 30, as over a hundred kite flying enthusiasts will outdo each other in the Kite Flying Competition-year 9 as part of the 2011 Summer Festival in Zamboanga.

A side event will be a performance at 8 am by the Silent Drill Squadron  of the Philippine Air Force Officer Candidate School,  Fernando Air Base in Lipa City.

The event will also be highlighted by fun games. A magician and a henna tattoo artist will also be present to provide fun and entertainment to the participants and the audience. Freebies are in store for lucky spectators.

The kite flying competition will commence at 9am and will have two categories: the Traditional/Flat Kite category and the Figure Kite category. The Traditional/flat kite is the 2D or two-faced kite that comes in any shape whereas the Figure Kite is the 3-D kite with a theme and comes in realistic shapes.  

There will be three major awards for each category: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Prize and four special awards are likewise in store for each category: Kite del Pueblo- Favorite of the Crowd award; Chikiting Kite-smallest flying kite award and the Jumbo Kite- Biggest flying kite award. Prizes for the three major winners will be P5, 000.00, P3, 000.00, and P2, 000.00, respectively. A trophy is given to each of the first prize winners.   The winners for the   special    awards    shall each     receive a cash prize.

The board of judges for the competition will be a 3-man team for each category and whose decision is final. Criteria for judging are design- 30% (which includes artistry- 15%, uniqueness- 15%); ease of flight/take-off- 35% and gracefulness- 35% for a total of 100%.

Registration forms are available at the City Tourism Office, Sunken Garden at J.S. Alano Street. For details call the City Tourism Office at 992-3007. Deadline of registration of entries is today April 29, 2011.

As part of the contest rules, all kites must carry the City Government’s Seal Sticker provided by the Organizer; the participant may choose any material he/she desires to use for his/her entry. It may be paper, cloth, or any similar light material such as wood, bamboo, etc, and metal connectors. Inexpensive material is encouraged.

A participant is entitled to register more than one (1) kite as entries to the competition; kites for each category will be made to fly in groups and the participants will be provided assistance by marshals during the launch; the kites for both categories shall be given a 5- minute launch period and a retry for failure to take-off; kites that fail to take-off the second time are disqualified; a kite that gets entangled may be flown again with clearance from the organizers and the winning kites will become the property of City Government of Zamboanga.

The Summer Festival is an annual activity initiated by the city government through the City Tourism Division under the Office of the City Mayor. The festival seeks to involve the community and provide wholesome entertainment to local residents as well as visitors during summer. Popular events are repeated every year and new dimensions added. — Sheila Covarrubias