During the 8th Burangoy Kite Festival held over the weekend, the City of Sipalay in Negros Occidental was officially named the Philippine Kite Tourism Capital.
The plaque, presented by the Kite Association of the Philippines (KAP), was awarded to the city mayor, affirming the city’s efforts to promote sustainable tourism through the kite festival as a family-friendly activity, kite flying as an environmentally responsible sport, and kite making as a forum to showcase local arts and culture.
KAP mentioned that the city’s recent award serves as a challenge to stakeholders to “strive, innovate, be better, and improve” Sipalay’s image and quality as a tourism destination.
The Burangoy Kite Festival, which coincided with the city’s 21st Charter Anniversary, was the first after it was put on hold for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kite flying demonstrations took place from March 30 to April 3, with the competition taking place on March 31 at the Poblacion beach.
The festival included colorful and distinctive kites built of diverse materials other than plastic for the second year, in support of the local government’s “no plastic policy.”
The 2018 Pearl Awards, hosted by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines and the Department of Tourism, named the annual Sipalay kite festival the grand prize in the Best Tourism Event (Sports) City Category.
The name “Burangoy” was created by combining the words “burador,” which means “kite,” and “barongoy,” which means “flying fish.”