Dingdong Dantes, Marc Nelson, Bianca Valerio soar
ANGELES CITY, Philippines - Model and makeup pro Bianca Valerio made sure to apply an extra coat of red lipstick. If she was going to scream it would be in style.
A-list celebrity Dingdong Dantes was afraid he might throw up. Still, he gamely smiled at photographers as he got ready to cross one item off his bucket-list.
Adventurer-turned-tv-host Marc Nelson barely broke a sweat. He has been through greater danger — speaking Filipino in public.
On February 21, these 3 personalities dipped and dove through the skies with skilled acrobats of the sky from the Breitling Jet Team.
They rode in the L-39 C Albatros aircraft, the same high-performance fighter jet used in the opening sequence of the James Bond film "Tomorrow Never Dies."
Breitling is best known for its luxury watches, which Dantes helps bring attention to as a brand ambassador. The celebrities were helping raise Breitling's profile in the Philippines since, as sales director for Asia Pacific Tristan Boyer de Bouillane explained, the brand hopes to capture more of the luxury watch market in the country.
In the Philippines, Breitling is under timepiece and jewelry brand Lucerne, the company that brought the jet team to the 18th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. The Philippines was the first stop on the team's Asian tour. It made sense to start in the Philippines since they will be traveling clockwise around the region, explained de Bouillane.
The flight took place after the Breitling Jet Team's performance on the first day of the weekend fest. Afterwards, Dantes, Nelson, and Valerio admitted that the ride was gut-wrenching. Still, they were all more than happy to have taken the once-in-a-lifetime flight.
"If I could compare it with something, it would be my birth," laughed Dantes, who suavely jumped down from the jet, ran his hand through his hair, and completely forgot about losing his lunch.