Boracay is in itself a paradise. So, it was such a joy that we were finally able to have our offsite office teambuilding at Boracay. Everyone was just excited that of all the places we could have the teambuilding, it was in the beautiful beaches of Boracay that it was held. While we had a lot of activities to do because of the teambuilding, and in Boracay there’s also a lot of things they have for the tourists, we were able to create our very own activities too.
One of our colleagues brought Sky Lanterns with him. During our last night, we helped launch about 4-5 of those sky lanterns. It was such a great sight! I bet the other Boracay visitors thought it was one of the gimiks of Boracay hahahaha! We had like tons of people for an audience in just several minutes!
Sky Lanterns which are also called fire balloons are lanterns that go airborne. They are created from oiled rice paper & a bamboo frame. At the bottom, there’s sort of a ball of wax that you light up in order to heat the lantern and make it go airborne. Sometimes, a candle and a base for the candle is used instead of the ball of wax. Either way, it’s the flame that heats up the air inside so that the lantern can rise.
It was said to be created by the Chinese & was considered the 1st hot air balloon. Wow, who would have thought that these simple yet elegant beautiful little lanterns could have been the first ever hot air balloons!
Lantern festivals are actually held in countries like Thailand & China. Well, we, on the other hand, created our own mini lantern festival in the beautiful beaches of Boracay! 🙂
In the video below, you can see the sky lantern in action. It was such a great joy watching them rise and go airborne. Especially when I realized that it was in the dark of the night, with the beautiful beaches surrounding us, and the waters just beside us, it was really such a wonderful sight to personally see. When the lanterns are far, far away, they will look like stars in the sky but with a different color though hehehe 😛 Instead of color white, they look like small yellow stars. Well, as long as the flame is alive, the sky lantern will be airborne.
I’m glad I was part of the mini-lantern festival that we had at Boracay. Since lantern festivals don’t happen in Manila, it was great to experience first-hand what sky lanterns are & how it works. And having the mini-lantern festival in the beautiful beaches of Boracay, it turned out to be just perfect!