Monday, May 14, 2012

Red Bull : Philippines/ Aviation/ Motorsport/ Cliff Diving/ „Action Attack on the Philippines“

MANILA (Philippines) – “It’s more fun in the Philippines“ is the country’s official tourism slogan this year but extreme sport athletes from Columbia, France, New Zealand and the United States have given the country a new slogan over the last few days: “It’s more action in the Philippines.”

The country got its first-ever taste of wing suit flying. The Red Bull Air Force Team from the United States dropped in with a formation flight over the idyllic island of Boracay, making a pinpoint landing among holiday-makers on the world famous white sandy beaches. Jon Devore, who together with his stunt team appeared in the flight action scenes of the blockbuster film “Transformers”, was duly impressed with the reception. “To be part of a premiere like this in such a wonderful country makes us all proud,” he said.
Orlando Duque from Columbia, a multiple world champion cliff diver, was also nearly speechless when he got his first glimpse of the breathtaking location in El Nido on the island of Palawan. Due to difficulties getting there, he was only able to perform a handful of dives off the imposing karst formation that surges out of the sea. But he said he was eager to return for more action there. “Maybe we could do it with the world’s best divers as part of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Tour,” he said.

In the heart of the capital city of Manila two of the world’s top motor acrobats from New Zealand and Frace showed off their stuff. New Zealand’s Rhys Millen, the star of the U.S. Drifting Series, weaved his way with his 250-horsepower Nissan through rows of the Jeepney buses that are so popular in the Philippines – to the delight of the occupants. Meanwhile Julien Dupont of France attracted flash mobs of curious spectators with some eye-popping performances on his motorcycle – no matter if he was standing on the bike while it drifted across the street or jumping over a bus or balancing his bike on the oldest wall in the Philippines in Intramoros.