I attended the last day of the annual hot air balloon festival– which usually ran for 4 days, starting Thursday and ending by Sunday. It is usually made during February.This time it was held last February 9-12, 2012.
The Festival was undertaken in Clarkfield, Pampanga.
Well, I don’t have words to state how excited and how amazed I was when I saw those huge balloons floating and lighting up the dark and gloomy sky that day. I felt that I’ve been back to my childhood; my eyes are twinkling with happiness– just like I child who saw a living and kicking unicorn! 🙂
Actually, once you enter the vicinity, you will feel the festive atmosphere– people are walking side by side with their family, boy friends, and friends. The colorful decorations wants you to smile often and greet every other people you see walking on the grassy plain.
Aside from the cutesy yet huge balloons, you can also see other things there like tanks, airplanes, fighter jets and anything used by the air force and military of the Philippines and even the US. It was so nice to see and touch those things in person since I only see them in movies 🙂 By the way, I love action movies, so these kind of things attract me the most 🙂
You can also buy a lot of cute little souvenirs like some miniature stuffed hot air balloons, kites, t-shirts and even personalized dog tags. You can also have your henna tattoo taken and have some face-paints.
What I also love is the food! There’s a lot of stalls that offers yummy and affordable food that will definitely tickle your taste buds without making your wallet cry.
You can also see some live performances there, a US Military or Navy Band also participated and sung a few songs– they are really great by the way. I also commend the performance of the Philippine Military band–the vocalist was really great!
What amazed me more than the hot air balloon itself is an exhibition of sky divers!!! waah! that was my first time seeing “angels” flying down the sky! I was really scared for their safety, luckily all of their parachutes opened up 🙂 Thank God!
I also saw a car drifting exhibition, which really amazed me– I told you I love action movies so I’m kinda familiar with this stuff 🙂
Moreover, what also attracted my attention are the flying kites that beautifully gave color and life to the bland sky during that time, and you can see young and the old also flies those kites– It’s really an event not only for the young but also for the young at heart 🙂
However, I didn’t saw the hot air balloons actually fly up, only float 🙂 since we arrived in the afternoon, and that the weather was not cooperating, so only few were inflated, but my friend, Nicole went there with her friends, so I asked her if I can use her photos of those huge cutesy thing while they were flying and she agreed 🙂 Thanks Ms. Nicole Armero! But the rest here are all mine, so don’t worry! 🙂
I think the experience and the eye-popping exhibitions are indeed worth the money, time and effort! How about you, what do you think???
How to get to Clark from Manila:
1. There are buses that goes to Clark, the terminal of these buses is located in SM Megamall Building A, the bus leaves by 7:00am until 12pm.
2. Or you can travel by car. Use the North Luzon Express way, then exit in Angeles
How to get to Megamall from Manila
1. Ride LRT going to Edsa-Taft Station
2. Use MRT-EDSA then Get down in Ortigas Station