Why Flying is More Fun in the Philippines: The Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 Adventure

The heat is on once again as the 18th Clark Philippines Hot Air Balloon Fiesta kicks off this year – and for sure Adventuroj wouldn’t miss this one. Not just that, a couple of friends also went along with me this time!

So here’s a round up of photo taking under the scorching heat of the sun that happened during the day of everything that flies.

Hot Air Balloon flight

The show started early with the morning hot air balloon flight that many long to want in sight.

Hot Air Balloon flight (7)

Hot Air Balloon flight (8)

Hot Air Balloon flight (6)

Hot Air Balloon flight (5)

Hot Air Balloon flight (4)

Hot Air Balloon flight (3)

Hot Air Balloon flight (2)

Trivia: You may wonder why Hot Air Balloons fly only early in the morning or late in the afternoon?

A: Despite the intimidating size, balloons are very gentle aircraft, indeed they are sometimes referred to as Gentle Giants. Balloons need cool stable calm winds to operate effectively and the hours following sunrise are the most suitable before the heat of the day. As hot air balloons are the only form of flight which moves with the wind, the weather is most important.

Hot Air Balloon flight (1)

Hot Air Balloon flight (14)

Hot Air Balloon flight (13)

Hot Air Balloon flight (12)

Hot Air Balloon flight (11)

Hot Air Balloon flight (10)

Hot Air Balloon flight (9)

Aerobatic Shows

Fantastic flying skills came up next as aerobatic shows were shown.

Aerobatic Show 4

Aerobatic Show (3)

Aerobatic Show (2)

Aerobatic Show (1)

Breitling Jet Team Aerobatic Exhibition

One of the biggest highlights this year is the performance of the Breitling Jet Team, the largest civilian aerobatic display team in Europe. Based in Dijon, France, they fly seven Aero L-39 Albatros jets.

Breitling Aerobatic Exhibition (8)

Breitling Aerobatic Exhibition (7)

Breitling Aerobatic Exhibition (6)

Breitling Aerobatic Exhibition (5)

The Breitling Jet Team flies an aerial display lasting 18–20 minutes that includes close formation flying, opposition passes, solo routines and synchronized maneuvers. The team flies displays across Europe and the Middle East and each year undertakes a busy schedule of engagements, including major international air shows and Breitling corporate events – just how lucky we are for them to perform for us here! Breitling Aerobatic Exhibition (4)

Breitling Aerobatic Exhibition (3)

Breitling Aerobatic Exhibition (2)

Breitling Aerobatic Exhibition (1)

Kite Flying Exhibition

The skies were once again filled with these colorful flying little wonders.

Kite Flying Exhibition (7)

Kite Flying Exhibition (6)

Kite Flying Exhibition (5)

Kite Flying Exhibition (4)

Kite Flying Exhibition (3)

Kite Flying Exhibition (2)

Kite Flying Exhibition (1)

Love Story in the Scene

And in the middle of all these things – we were lucky enough to witness a love story of these two love birds, who let themselves burned under the heat of the sun particularly unaware of their surroundings, so deeply engrossed in attention with each other alone.

If only I was able to caught in camera the almost 3 hours of gazing, fighting, apologizing, and making up again – and simply being inlove of these two – you surely will believe that true love still do exist.

Love Story

And so the day continued with more flying stunts, photo ops and plane spotting.

Plane Spotting

Plane Spotting (6)

Plane Spotting (5)

Plane Spotting (4)

Plane Spotting (3)

Plane Spotting (2)

Plane Spotting (1)

Ultralight Flying

Ultralight Flight (4)

Ultralight Flight (3)

Ultralight Flight (2)

Ultralight Flight (1)

Skydiving and Tandem jumping Exhibition

Sky diving exhibition (5)

Sky diving exhibition (4)

Sky diving exhibition (1)

Sky diving exhibition (2)

Sky diving exhibition (3)

Night Glow

Night Glow (2)

Night Glow (1)

Flying Friendships and More Photo Ops

Fellow Pinoy Travel Bloggers meet up with Mai from Budget Biyahera and Yaj the RJ d Explorer.

Flying Friendships (1)

More photo opportunities with the gang that made it all happened – my travel buddies!

Flying Friendships (3)

Flying Friendships (4)

Hot Air Balloon flight (14)

Flying Friendships (5)

Flying Friendships (6)

Until next year again Philipppine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta!

One thought on “Why Flying is More Fun in the Philippines: The Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 Adventure

  1. woohooo! It was really nice seeing you and Yaj sa Hot Air! I’m glad that pushed through.. and yes, hopefully mas maraming PTB next time! By the way, great recount of the event.. mas matiyaga ka sakin magsulat! hehehe 🙂

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