Category Archives: Pampanga

Si Agimat, si Enteng at ang Hot Air Balloons

It’s my first time to see the 27 colorful Hot Air Balloons in Clark, Pampanga on Feb. 13, 2011.  It’s also the last day and as expected, people flocked to see the conclusion of this 4-day annual event.

Let’s back up a few hours:

I’m supposed to go with my long time college friends Boggs, Rebo and Taj.  Unfortunately, we don’t have wheels to use so they decided not to go.  I just went on my own without having doubts taking public transport going to Pampanga.  Good thing there’s Spiderham who accompanied me.

@ 4:00AM we left Five Star Bus Terminal in Cubao.  Fare is 56php – ordinary bus pala yung nasakyan namin.  Ayos lang din kasi malamig naman at may Video-On-Board.  Ang palabas – Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote. We arrived 5:30AM in Dau – natutukan ko ang pelikula pero hindi ko natapos. That’s a 1.5 hour long windy trip.  It’s time to keep going to catch up with the first flight of the hot air balloons in the morning.

We’re about to meet Gepay and Giane at the main entrance to get our tickets.  Special thanks to them, they secure our entrance tickets.  If it weren’t for them, siguro alas otso na ng umaga nakapila pa rin kami sa labas.  Ang haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaba ng pila at ang pila ng mga sasakyan na papasok sa parking eh umabot ng 3-4kms from the main gate.  OA sa OA! At that point, I realized it’s a good thing that I took public transport,  yun nga lang instant walkathon ng 2kms to get to the venue.

@7AM we officially got inside and a few paragliders carrying different flags including ours started to roam around the skies.

The sun has just come out

Amazing sunrise view atop the mountain

Waving the United States flag

Overlooking the crowd..

Waving to thousands of expectators..

Thanks to my zoom lens, I was able to capture a closer look at the balloons before they take off.

The burner throws propane gas to heat up the air inside

Setting up for the flight..

Burners on the move..

VIP's gather 'round and pose for picture

One of the most colorful balloons

Where are the other 6 dwarves?

All systems go and ready for take off..

The flights should have began at 5:30AM but was delayed because the sun was shy to come out until 7AM.  Behold the 27 hot air balloons coming from various countries around the globe.

First in the air..

Is this Frosty? The snowman?..

Vibrant in the air..

And those that aren’t shaped like the traditional ones.  Awesome!

The Flying House

Barrel-shaped

Darth Vader's head - Sort of a shy-type

4 out of the 27 hot air balloons

Others are no where to be found already..

From digicams..

to Zoom lens..

to uber ZOOM lens..

Some set up tents the night before to secure good spots once the program started.

Aside from the gigantic balloons, the day was packed with different aircraft acrobatics, skydiving, kite-flying, air craft exhibits, photobooths, and a rescue drill.  Your 150Php entrance fee is totally worth it. Especially when you see beautiful people all over the place.  Magaganda ang mga Kapampangan. I noticed this more when we had our lunch in SM Clark. 😀

Topsy-turvy

Coming from 10,000 feet above..

Kites added color to the sky..

Actual rescue drill...

Participating countries..

Barkada shot!

@ 2PM we headed to the bus terminal bound for Manila.  Hanap kami ng going to Pasay para sa Ortigas ako bababa. Yung Five Star kasi eh hanggang Cubao lang.  Victory Liner na ang nasakyan namin, 132Php ang pasahe dahil aircon na.  Saktong-sakto lang dahil papaalis na rin, kami na lang pala ang hinihintay.. hehe Pag upong-pag-upo ko, narinig ko ang boses ni Vic Sotto at ni Bong Revilla sa TV.  At sabi ko, parang pamilyar yung huling eksenang nakikita ko sa TV.  Nagkatinginan na lang kami ni Spiderham.  Hulaan mo anong palabas? 😛 (Hi Fans!)

Advertisements

Road to the 16th Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2011

The 16th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
is from February 10 to 13, 2011.
Clark Special Economic Zone, Angeles City.


DIRECTIONS TO CLARK FREEPORT:

Public Transport:

Public buses also ply the route on a daily basis. Ride a Victory Liner bound for Dagupan and alight at the Dau common terminal. Philippine Rabbit also has trips to Angeles, Pampanga via Dau. Other buses going north also pass by the area. Ask the driver or conductor beforehand to be sure.

From the Dau bus terminal, walk a bit toward the highway where jeepneys or tricycles are available. These vehicles can take you to the Clark gate.There is a jeepney terminal there with public utility vehicles that can take you to the fiesta grounds.

NLEX, SCTEX:

Take the North Luzon Expressway from Manila and continue past Dau toll plaza — but do not take the Dau exit. Pull to the right and take the SCTEX on-ramp. From the SCTEX toll booth, take the southbound lane to Clark South exit. You will be entering Clark through the Yokohama complex. At the stop light, turn right into Roxas highway. The Balloon Fiesta will be to your right.

NLEX, Dau:

Getting to the Clark Special Economic Zone by car is easy. One simply needs to take the North Luzon Expressway from Manila and exit at Dau, Mabalacat. Take a left turn towards Angeles City and make an easy right turn into Clark itself. After entering the main gate, proceed along Roxas highway, and the Balloon Fiesta will be to your right.

The car trip should take about an hour and a half from Manila.

Need more info? Please refer to the following:

Official Site

Clark Subic Marketing

See ya!