Ultralight flying is now the latest of adventure-crazy Northern Mindanao. It was just first conceived as a hobby by a Filipino-American retiree, Cal Frias who has settled in nearby Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

The plane is locally called “Flying Gecko” and flies for about 15-20 minutes over the towns of Manolo Fortich, Libona and sometimes Cagayan de Oro City. As stated earlier, it was just a hobby by Frias but others wanted to experience flying with the Gecko that they willingly paid for the gas. Since then, the “Flying Gecko” has become popular that it was finally opened to the public…and Mr. Frias is planning to buy another one.

Once in the air, you can have a bird’s eye view (literally) of the vast pineapple plantation, landmarks in Manolo Fortich and Libona, and if you’re lucky, a glimpse of Cagayan de Oro City. Too bad if you’re afraid of flying…

Del Monte Golf Course

The runway is located at Camp 3 in the middle of the vast pineapple plantation of Del Monte Phils., Inc.

Runway at Camp 3

Unfortunately, the Flying Gecko is currently unavailable due to some technical concerns. However, they’re optimistic it will fly again next year. For bookings, just contact Mr. Frias himself at 09165937034 or call Ms. Gina Amador of La Montana Tours HERE.

Watch the The Flying Gecko at http://vimeo.com/8690937

main flickr photo by xergs; other photos from www.pinoyadventures.com; http://adventurousfeet.blogspot.com; http://sparkylair.wordpress.com

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