The Boy From Philippines

by Charles Amodia Sosmeña
(Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines)

I named it the boy from Philippines. Because firstly I'm a boy, I'm 11 years old, Grade 5. Then secondly obviously I'm from Cebu, Philippines.

I didn't have bamboo skewers so I saw our coconut... or dwarf coconut. It has a dahon (in cebuano) or leaf which if you peel it there is a stick I used as my bamboo skewers. It's pretty light followed all the instructions then... DONE!

It was a great time because we were going to our province because it's almost Holy Week. And there's a great space and almost moderate winds there.

It was morning and cloudy. I asked my cousin to hold the kite. Then I said "Buhi-i na! (in cebuano) or Let It Go!" then it was airborne.

I was really happy because what I made... flew... YyyaaayyY! Then I pulled it back down with the help of my cousin. Then touch down.

P.S. I made this only by myself, because my father was tinkering his amplifier and my cousin was still at their house. I'm not lying.

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Great Job
by: Don Ross

Having been to the Philippines several times, I was very interested in reading your exploits on making and flying your kite. You did a great job and you should be very proud of yourself.

There have been times when I flew kites in Talisay. There are many days there of good kite flying weather. When I see so many young boys doing nothing there, to read about you flying your kite made me feel good about the younger Filipino generation. Good luck in the future to you!

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Good job!
by: Anonymous

Great work on your kite! There should be more kids out there that have the patience and creativity to take on such a project! Can you include photos of the kite? This would be most interesting.

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Well done!
by: Tim Parish

There are plenty of adults out there who would shy away from attempting this kite - so well done! Your alternative to 2.5mm bamboo must have been pretty close, to get such good results in the air.

Have you tried flying your little Dopero kite on polyester sewing thread? That will allow it to go quite high. Up to 200 feet or so if you have enough thread!

Here's a comment from my 8 year old son, Aren...

"I cannot believe that even a 11-year-old can make such a complicated kite! When you got your spar material, is it even strong enough?"

(he typed it himself, rather slowly...)

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