Colorful kites hit the skies of Batangas as the province aims to revive a kite-flying tradition that has long characterized outdoor recreation among kids, especially during dry season in the Philippines.

The Batangas Kite Festival 2024 kicked off in Calaca City, showcasing a diverse array of kites, from colorful flat designs to intricate geometric and 3-D creations.

"We are doing this Batangas Kite Fest and we hope to do this every year na… we did last year and we did it this year. Kasi, sa amin, para sa ating Batangueño, ang papagayo, it signifies talaga the start of summer," Katrin Buted, Head of the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO), said.

Aside from showcasing the participants’ ingenuity through their kite designs, the festival is also providing an opportunity for family members to experience flying kites together. 

"Nung nagdatingan sa amin 'yung mga participants, kasama nila mga anak nila, mga kapatid, [at] asawa to witness the event. Ipinapahiram nila sa mga anak nila [yung saranggola] para ma-experience 'yung pagpapagayo, na karamihan sa mga bata, first time lang makahawak ng papagayo," Buted said.

The festival will continue in San Juan, Batangas on March 10, 2024.