This is my first ever Hot Air Balloon Festival Experience. I drool over my friends’ photos last year as we weren’t able to be there. So this year, I decided to ask my boyfriend’s college buddies. 🙂
Normally, the festival is held on the second or the third week of February. This year, the festival dates are from February 21 up until the 24th.
If you’re planning to go there, it’s best to leave Manila the earliest time possible. I set the call time at 3:30 AM so we can leave the city before 4:00 AM. The festival starts as early as 5:30 AM. Festival also means traffic jam and long queues on toll gates – so it’s best to leave Manila before sunrise. 🙂
Since the place is a bit crowded already, we need to park a bit far from the event place. It’s a 20 minute walk from the parking to the Omni Aviation Complex. There’s also a long line wait when we reached the entrance. Best to wear comfy shoes for this – as we noticed some girls having a hard time walking in heels. 😛
Ticket costs Php 250.00.
Here are some of my favorite hot air balloons!
Look how excited everyone is to take photos 🙂
Tulips Hot Air Balloon
Good thing Mel remembered to bring picnic mats for us! Bring umbrellas also just to be prepared for Mr. Sunshine! 🙂
We also had fun watching the Paragliding Exhibition. Everyone’s on their feet after the exhibition. We we’re so hungry after the festival. We went to Marquee Mall and ate at Apag Marangle and bought pasalubongs at Nathaniels! 🙂
I so love Nathaniel’s siomai – I think it has yam beans inside! 🙂
Frozen Buko Pandan is their Best Seller 🙂
So there goes my first Hot Air Balloon/Pampanga Getaway! 🙂 Hoping there’ll be more balloons next year! 🙂