The first ever kite festival dubbed “Buradol Festival” in the province is set on May 18 at the Catanduanes Athletic Complex in Virac town.
Buradol is a local term for kite. According to Cross Country Farms and Parks, Inc., one of the organizers of the event, the activity aims to make the province a tourist destination aside from being a gateway for Bicol’s tourism.
Moreover, Atty. Evelyn L. Gutierrez, liaison for events of the said group said that the event aims to bring together local kite flying enthusiasts and celebrate the province’s beauty while competing with one another.
Entries will be judged according to its creativity (15%), craftsmanship (15%), flying and handling (30%), in-flight aesthetic visual appeal (25%), audience impact (10%) and teamwork (5%).
Kites must be handcrafted and not pre-fabricated. Teams must be composed of two members only and participants must be at least 18 years old.
The design must contain unique features and use indigenous and locally-available materials, with the kite able to maintain its shape after flight at various wind speeds.
The kite must likewise launch easily and achieve a good angle of flight at high altitude. It should also show stability in flight even in strong wind and be able to perform stunts.
It must look attractive while flying and contain original artwork, creating an image or shape it seeks to portray.
Enthusiasts who are not joining the contest are also welcome to bring and fly their own kites.
Interested participants may pre-register until May 17, 2013 or call 09175043089 or like their page at www.facebook.com/buradolfesitval. (MAL/Edna A. Bagadiong-PIA5/Catanduanes)