Finally Sunday came, and we’re off to witness the 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012.
This year’s Fiesta re-ignited not just the hot air balloon burners but also interests in everything in flight: hot air balloons, training aircraft, helicopters, commercial planes as well as sky diving and paragliding. For four days, about a hundred enticing hot air balloons of different fun designs from a dog, to a panda, to a huge ice cream, floated above the enthusiastic crowd.
It was our first time to this event and we were surprised by the number of spectators. There are a lot of traffic around the area, people are everywhere.
Aside from the display of multi-colored hot air balloons, the festival also features the number of exhibition events such as skydiving, micro-light aircraft, rocketry demonstrations and many others. The event is not just a simple air show of hot air balloons with amazing designs and incredible shapes but the balloons also represent the uniqueness of each of the participating countries and companies in some way.
It was such a wonderful experience and hopefully next time we will be able to ride in one of those balloons.