Paragliding in the Philippines: Disconnect from Tech and Rediscover Nature

10457511_337573033086229_5220751221157024494_nTechnology connects us to so many things. It lets us work from home. Collaborate with people from around the world. It lets us keep in touch with our friends and family. But this supercharged connection also creates disconnection. In a way, it disconnects us from nature. There are moments that we are so caught up in our online life that sometimes we forget to stop and smell the roses.

The Dream to Fly

So, when this paragliding event was brought to my attention, I was intrigued. It’s not just a way to disconnect from technology and rediscover nature. Actually, one of my wildest dreams is to be able fly. At night, I often dream about it.  When I first saw Exo-7 Falcon on Captain America: the Winter Soldier, I immediately fell in love with the technology. I desperately wanted one in real life.

I know the Falcon is fictional, but the good news is that there’s still a chance for me to “fly”.

I’ve seen paragliding photos online. I even saw some promotional posters somewhere in Cavite a few months ago. I wanted to try paragliding but didn’t know where to start.  If you’re like me and you want to experience the closest thing to flying, then paragliding is for you. Unlike the Exo-7 Falcon, paragliding doesn’t involve fictional technology. In a nutshell, it is a “non-motorized, foot-launched flying with an inflatable wing.” Paragliders call it “the simplest form of human flight.”

And unlike parachuting–which is more on falling than flying–paragliders start from the ground and let the wind take over.

Paraglider’s Paradise

Paragliding isn’t a very popular sport in the Philippines. At least not yet. That’s why Air Sports Adventure Philippine is very proud to start the very first International Paragliding Accuracy Championship in Saranggani Province.

If you’re not an expert paraglider, you can still join in the fun. On August 21, DOT-12 will stage a various activities in Saranggani. There will be a motorcade with international paragliders. You can also get the chance to meet and greet with the Ms. Earth Philippine winners. The festivity is going to be a 4-day adventure.

Buko Raymundo shares, “For many Filipinos to learn this great sport – for them to feel, relax and experience the elements of nature while free flying through safety paragliding; for outdoors adventure seekers and airs ports athletes to recognize the beauty of our country – that is our humble mission”

What do you think of paragliding? Is it something that you’d like to try?

Also, do you think it’s important to occasionally disconnect from technology?

Irene Chan

Irene Chan

Irene Chan loves two things: communication and technology. With this tech blog and her role as Head of Communications at Veems, she believes she has the best job in the world. 🙂 Besides those two things, she's also crazy for coffee, dogs, and zombies.Follow her on Veems to get tips and fun updates from her geeky life.
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