Up Up and Away!

With the theme “It’s More than Just Hot Air,” the Philippine International Balloon Festival 2014 held in Brgy. Prado Siongco, Lubao, Pampanga which is a perfect location according to Ronaldo Tiotuico, the DOT regional director in Central Luzon. The new location is ideal because it is accessible for those with private vehicles and those using the public transport.

Originally planned in Clark, Pampanga, the annual festival has been moved 30 kilometers away from its original location because of some air traffic situation issues. Flying hot-air balloons at an altitude of 4,000 feet may inconvenience airlines.

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The festival was organized by the newly formed Pilipinas Hot Air Balloon Festival Inc. in coordination with the Department of Tourism. Their group decided to lead and to continue the tradition this year because many were disappointed with the cancellation of the annual event in Clark. According to the organizers, all proceeds of the event will go to the community development and rehabilitation of the Eastern Visayas region affected by the Super Typhoon Yolanda and various charity missions.

Accompanied by Dups, Rex, Mylene, Ron and his car, cloudy with chance of rain, we tripped from Manila Saturday, April 12. Fortunately, and it’s great to be welcomed by a good condition of weather in Pampanga. A perfect blue sky with warm breeze is ideal for kite flying and balloon flight. We’ve seen balloons with different shapes and sizes that filled the open grounds.

with Ronnie Mia, Dups Sandoval, Rex Fuyonan, Mylene Cababat

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Besides of it, there were also lot of activities throughout the whole weekend such as street dances, car shows, wakeboarding demonstrations, a cooking competition, live band performances, radio-controlled and kite-flying. We didn’t catch it all but we enjoyed balloon night glows and a fireworks display.

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This is my first time to be present in this kind of event. It was a delighted experience and I’m impressed especially with the aircraft exhibition before the hot-air balloon glows at night.

Hoping someday I’ll be in an actual ride in hot-air balloon soaring high up in the sky! 🙂

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