Posts Tagged ‘Clark Pampanga’

The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival usually takes place during February of every year. Hordes of people troop all the way to Pampanga to attend an array of week-long activities. Last 2012 was the first and the last time (so far) that I was able to witness this festivity.

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Upon entering Clark Freeport Zone, you could immediately see all sorts of blown-up merchandising materials scattered all around.

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Deeper into the activity grounds are numerous stalls selling kites, balloons and lots of other souvenirs and food for the spectator’s consumption. I love how colorful the miniature balloons are, it adds so much to the festive vibe of the whole surroundings.

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Full-size air crafts are also on display. I especially loved the little plane that looked like a shark from the side. Cute! For additional impact, men in uniform roam the grounds and a lot of people (mostly girls) take advantage of the opportunity to take pictures with the men in aviators. (Is it just me or do men really look better when they’re wearing aviators? LOL)

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In a covered area, there are more military/navy items on display. This is where two men, who I assume as soldiers, offered to let me take a photo with their big-ass gun. That was cool! But man, that thing was heavy! LOL. Coincidentally, my boots just completes the look noh?

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In the main activity grounds, different exhibitions are going on round-the-clock. Seriously, it really was a weekend of everything that flies. It was quite amusing to just lay down on the grounds and stare up at the sky.

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When it begins to get dark, they pull out the big guns. And by big guns I mean big balloons. It’s exciting to witness flat sheets of colorful thingamajigs get blown up into huge balloons.

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The yellow one was HUUUUUUUGE but I liked the orange better.

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Sadly though, the weather wasn’t cooperating too well. It was quite windy and it began to drizzle just as soon as the first two balloons were blown up. It didn’t take too long for an accident to happen – the orange balloon caught on fire and that pushed them to cancel the Hot Air Balloon Exhibition. What a bummer!!! We waited whole day for nothing. 😦

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It’s such a shame that they had to cancel the main event due to the uncooperative weather. Just imagine how pretty the sky would have been if it was filled with huge, illuminating balloons. Oh well…

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This year’s Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival takes place on February 12-15 2015, and will still be in Clark Pampanga. So grab a date and plan your schedule! For a list of activities, you could refer to this link http://www.philballoonfest.net/flying-activities/

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I joined the Weekly Photo Challenge for WordPress to help motivate myself to take more pictures, and share them with  the world. This week’s theme is MOVEMENT.

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Me and my friends in front of Bahia de Baler, a resort in Baler, Aurora.

Me and my friends in front of Museo de Baler.

My cousins on top of a hill overlooking a rocky beach and with a lighthouse in the background.

My friend on Beta Way (a famous walkway in UP Diliman) during one of our “reminiscing-about-university-life-dates”.

My then-roommate during our island tour in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

A friend’s friend, when I tagged along with them on their Tagaytay picnic.

My friends on the last day of this year’s Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark, Pampanga.

Me and my little sister on top of the famous rock formation in our town – “Kapurpurawan” (Burgos, Ilocos Norte)

 

I love jump shots! 🙂 I don’t know but maybe it’s the Asian in me that keeps wanting to have jump shots wherever I go. Well, jump shots and peace signs. LOL.

Most of the time though, my friends cannot capture me during my jump because they are not that familiar with my camera so I just settle with shooting them instead. I actually have a lot more jump shots in my photo library. A LOT, I tell you! 🙂

 

You can view other Weekly Challenge posts here: Weekly Photo Challenge