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Sarangani to host Paragliding Accuracy World Cup opening leg in March 2015

They never expect it to come sooner.

But next year, the Philippines will host one of the 6 international legs of Paragliding Accuracy World Cup (PGAWC) with Sarangani serving as site of the growing international aerial sports.

Sarangani earlier hosted the first Philippine International Paragliding Accuracy Competition in October in which Taiwan’s Luis Liu of Taiwan came from behind to narrowly edge Yoshiki Oka of Japan and capture the individual title.

Department of Tourism regional director Nelly Nita Dillera said they welcome the decision of PGAWC to award the Philippines as host of one of the World Cup legs.

Sarangani will host the opening leg of the 2015 PGAWC in March next year.PHOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO
Sarangani will host the opening leg of the 2015 PGAWC in March next year.PHOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO

“This only proves that our paragliding site is world-class. We are very excited to host the World Cup,” Dillera said.

Dillera said the event will be held on March 27 to 29 next and wills serve as the opening leg of the 2015 World Cup.

She added that they will enroll the international competition in the DOT’s ‘Visit Philippines 2015’ tourism campaign.

“At least 30 countries will be represented in the event. The number could swell into 50,” according to the DOT regional director.

ASAP however has lower figures in the possible number of country participants – from a low of 13 to a high of 15 countries.

Best fly site in the country
With 300 days of flying opportunities throughout the year, Sarangani is becoming a popular destination for paraglide pilots and enthusiasts.

“Wind consistency and directions are major factors in considering the fly site,” Randell Raymundo said.

Raymundo is the president of Air Sports Adventure Philippines (ASAP) which organized the 2st Philippine IPAC event October.

He described the fly site in Barangay Siguil in Maasim as “almost perfect.”

Raymundo earlier said teh Philippines could host a World Cup event in 2016 but the recent decision of PGAWC will boost the standing of the Philippines as premier paragliding destination.

The takeoff site is located in a mountain top some 1,000 meters above sea level offering a full picturesque view of Sarangani Bay with a wide but tricky landing site some 700 meters below.(Organizers has correct the heights – they are 1,000 and 700 feet respectively)

International pilots who joined the October IPAC event said the flying course is so far the best in the Philippines and could rival other paragliding sites in the world.

Luke Armbreuster from the US who was the tournament’s safety officer said the fly site is one of the best he has seen in the country.

“The landing area is a little bit tricky because of the unpredictable wind direction but it is okay,” the American said.

Sarangani Gov. Steve Solon who supported the IPAC event said next year’s World Cup leg will again put the province in the international map as one of Mindanao’s best tourism destinations.

New airline opens Gensan-Mla route

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Tigerair became the latest airline to service the Manila-General Santos route following its maiden flight Friday afternoon.

A sister company of Cebu Pacific, Tigerair will initially fly 5 times a week bringing the average number of daily flights here to six to accommodate more than 1,000 passengers flying out of this city every day.

Like Cebu Pacific, it will also offer budget fares with the lowest one-way ticket starting at P2,008.

Tigerair's Atty. Leilani de Leon (in yellow T-shirt) and General Santos City Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas (second from right) cut the ribbon to signal the presence of the newest airline to fly the MLA-Gensan route.  Also in photo from left are General Santos City Airport admin officer Dante Fernandez, Atty Paoo Acharon and DOT regional director Nelly Nita Dillera.PHOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO
Tigerair’s Atty. Leilani de Leon (in yellow T-shirt) and General Santos City Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas (second from right) cut the ribbon to signal the presence of the newest airline to fly the MLA-Gensan route. Also in photo from left are General Santos City Airport admin officer Dante Fernandez, Atty Paoo Acharon and DOT regional director Nelly Nita Dillera.PHOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO

“Tigeriar looks forward to offering additional flight and destination options for tis guests,” Tigerair legal and corporate affairs chief Leilani de Leon said.

Department of Tourism Regional Director Nelly Nita Dillera said Tigerair’s entry into the Manila-General Santos City route will augur well for the region.

“It will boost the local economy and provide additional facilities for connectivity,” she described Tigerair’s decision to service the increasing passenger traffic in General Santos City.

Tigerair will use the Airbus 320 aircraft which has a capacity of 180 passengers.

It will depart Manila at 12:30 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and will arrive in General Santos at 2:20 pm. On Mondays, it will depart Manila at 2:00 pm with scheduled arrival of 3:50 pm.

The return flight will leave General Santos at 3:00 pm every Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. On Mondays, it will depart at 4:30 pm and at 3:10 pm on Thursdays.

In addition to Tigerair, also already servicing the Manila-General Santos City route are Philippine Airlines which uses the wide-bodied Airbus 330-300 and Cebu Pacific.

Air Asia will likewise soon open its daily flights to this city.

General Santos City became the hub of air passenger traffic following the entry of budget airlines which competed against seafares of super ferries that eventually stopped plying the Manila-General Santos City sea route.

Dillera said this has boosted tourism in the region with a total of 1.67 million arrivals from January to September.

General Santos City Airport administration officer Dante Fernandez said they expect passenger traffic to increase to more than 1,600 a day during the Christmas season.

The Department of Transportation and Communication has already submitted a P900-million budget for the proposed new airport terminal building in General Santos following the increase in passenger traffic over the last few years.

The airport, funded on USAID grant, was built in 1993 and opened to commercial operations in 1996.

When it was finished, it had the longest airport runway outside of NAIA with more than 3,000 meters of all-weather taxiway.