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Carmona Paragliding: Flying High near Manila

It’s amazing how these pilots can figure the knot speed of the wind, the direction and the incoming weather disturbance on the horizon just by looking at this simple flying device flapping in the wind and hooked on the pole. “The conditions are ideal for flying” I heard one of the pilots say that morning. “Window is open. We’re ready to launch!” I heard another voice from a handheld transceiver radio. Soon I saw a wing spread up to the sky from a ridge and soon I saw some guy soaring high. He was paragliding! We were at the Carmona Paragliding site to witness and experience the joys of flight just an hour away from Manila.

Paragliding in Carmona Cavite
Paragliding in Carmona Cavite

It’s amazing how these pilots can figure the knot speed of the wind, the direction and the incoming weather disturbance on the horizon just by looking at this simple flying device flapping in the wind and hooked on the pole. “The conditions are ideal for flying” I heard one of the pilots say that morning. “Window is open. We’re ready to launch!” I heard another voice from a handheld transceiver radio. Soon I saw a wing spread up to the sky from a ridge and soon I saw some guy soaring high. He was paragliding! We were at the Carmona Paragliding site to witness and experience the joys of flight just an hour away from Manila.

Tandem Paragliding
Me up in the air for a Tandem Paraglide (Photo by Kara of Travel Up)

Paragliding

[pullquote]Paragliding is the closest feeling of flying like a bird ~ Buko Pie[/pullquote]

It is one of those adventure sports in my bucket-list that I would like to try out at least once in my life. Paragliding isn’t as simple as opening a wing, getting strapped into a harness and jumping aimlessly to catch a wind. As I’ve learned from, Buko Pie (as people fondly call him since he loves buko), the only certified paragliding instructor in the country and a gold-medalist from the sport, paragliding entails discipline. To Buko, it is one of the safest adventure sport to try as long as the pilot, the one flying on a harness, is well disciplined. They have to undergo trainings and each flight is logged. The more the pilot knows, the more they put safety in what they do.

Carmona flysite
Carmona flysite
Launching from the ridge
Launching from the ridge
Look at the wing
Look at the wing
Marky of NomadicExperiences on his tandem flight
Marky of NomadicExperiences on his tandem flight
Sir Rolly Magpayo carrying his equipment after landing
Sir Rolly Magpayo carrying his equipment after landing
Actor Ian Veneracion joins in on the paragliding fun
Actor Ian Veneracion joins in on the paragliding fun

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