Over the weekend, me and some Rushers headed out to Clark Airfield in Pampanga for the 17th Philippine Internationa Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. I have been wanting to be part of this event for quite a while now, that’s why I am so glad our TMR group planned for it few weeks back. We just couldn’t contain our excitement and eagerly waited for February 12th. We even bought tickets ahead of time, for us not to have any problems once we’re at the venue, being it’s the last day we knew people would flock around. And true enough, even if we’re around an hour early, there’s a long line of people outside! There are even some who camped out the night before the said event. Wow!
But we’re glad we made it just in time before the crowd gets big enough. We hurriedly went inside the field and waited for the program proper to begin. It started with, of course, singing our national anthem, but with a different twist. We were heartily singing it while five skydivers jumped off some thousand feet up from the air, and one of them was carrying the Philippine flag. It sent chills down my spine! And when they started to heat the balloons up, I was in awe! It brought back the child in me!
The big cake actually made my friend Gly’s birthday! Yes, it was her birthday that same day!
And there’s ice cream, too!
And there’s Miss Daisy who failed to bloom fully by herself
After roughly a couple of hours, most of the balloons have flown and set off somewhere else, and so does most of the people. Since that’s the main event, some left the field right away, while most stayed for some other activities like kite flying, some air shows (skydiving, aeromodelling, aircraft competition, etc.) It was fun!
Thank you to Ash, Gly and Neil for the following photos:
We decided to leave around 11 AM, after having a light meal. We then proceeded to a nearby KTV place, the boozed and sang the afternoon away!
After three hours of seemingly endless boyband songs, kwentuhans, and tawanans, it’s already 4PM! We decided not to go back to the field for another balloon show/light up of some sort. We just asked Dan (a Pampanga Rusher) where can we have coffee or early dinner before going home. After around half an hour of roaming around, he took us to Coffee Academy. The attendant gave us the VIP room upstairs, and we had it all to ourselves! It’s such a cozy place. Perfect place to spend and cap off our escapade! We rested, had coffee, ate some snacks and played games for a couple of hours and left Pampanga at 6:30 PM. It was an epic day for the Rushers! Thank you guys! Especially to all the Pampanga Rushers, for the very warm welcome!
And I promise to be back next year!