April 12, 2014 this is the day for the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival. This is also my first time to witness such event. It’s been on my bucket list to attend this festival. I was given a chance when a group of people that I joined called “WE ARE FUNTASTIC PHILIPPINES” who promotes Philippine Tourism is going to have their group tour called FUNlakwatsa. I listed my name on their group tour.
Meeting place was in Pasay, where a Van was hired at 4am to 4:30am we leave Pasay and head off to Lubao, Pampanga where the Hot Air Balloon Festival are going to be held.
From Pasay to Pampanga where we are going to meet the other member of the group is around 2 hours ride. Though the festival is going to start at 5:30am where all the hot air balloon are being prepared and it starts to fly at around 7am.
As the sunrises, most of the Hot Air Balloons are being prepared. Some are ready to fly and some still needs some hot air.
It was a great day, the weather was nice. The sun was up already when all the Hot Air Balloon flew. Two companions was able to ride the Hot Air Balloons. I wanted to but was not lucky enough that any pilot offer me or maybe I was to shy to ask them.. Hehehehe. But all in all, it was a great experience. My first ever Hot Air Balloon festival.
By the way, I was given a media pass which has access to the area where all the Hot Air Balloons are being prepared.
I do hope next year (2015), I can attend this event again. Which I heard are going to return to Clark Pampanga.
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Travel Tips: There are many buses going to the North, either you take those bus company that are located in Pasay or Cubao (Victory, Five Star, Partas etc.) which are going to North Luzon. Just take any bus going to Pampanga. Estimated travel time is 2-3 hours depending on the traffic.
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