Last Feb 13, my brother-in-law, June, picked us (Weng, Jeo and me) up at our house, and we went to Clark Field, Pampanga, for the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival. I’ve always wanted to go but circumstances haven’t given me the chance…until this year.
Along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), I was able to take this shot of Mt. Arayat. One of the good things about not being the driver is that you can take pictures en route with no stopping (thanks, June).
We arrived middle of the afternoon. It was cloudy that day; which was both good (it wouldn’t be hot) and bad (poor lighting conditions). In the parking area, you could already see the big kites riding the steady breeze. Jeo got out his kite so that he could take it up.
People were lined up at the entrance. Luckily, it wasn’t a long wait. There were lots of people that came in at the same time we did.
Inside you could see the two hangars and booths strewn around the area fronting the hangars. They were selling food, clothing, trinkets, souvenirs, and what have you.
Also, there were two life like replicas of an Alien and Predator. On closer inspection, they were made of difference machine parts that were either shaped to match the body part, or were clever substitutes.
We proceeded to a paved area on the opposite side of the hangars, and unloaded our things. I helped Jeo assemble his kite and had no trouble getting it up in the strong, steady breeze.
Inside one hangar was all sorts of military equipment.
Outside the hangars (to the side), there were two (2) Simba Amored Personnel Carriers (APCs) where people were having their pictures taken.
The Air Show
Another part of the program was Skydiving, Ultralight Flyby, and Aerobatic display. Here are some of the shots I took:
Low flybys by light aircraft. Ultralights are smaller.
Aside from the low flyby and acrobatics, there were the skydivers.
Here come the paragliders…
The next three frames show a flyby with Mt Arayat in the background.
This is my favorite part (I’ve always been partial to night shots).
The next sequence shows the first balloon being inflated as dusk falls.
The next sequence catches not only balloons lighting up. It also caught a burn sequence being eclipsed by one of the spectators (a girl) that produced a halo effect on the girl’s head.
After the event, we went to Aling Lucing’s in Angeles City. That’s the original Sisig Queen. Unfortunately, they were all out by the time we got there. So, we settled for Sisig and Pork BBQ at Aling Naty’s (across the street). The place was packed (if you can imagine they set up tables and chairs on the side of the road).