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Night Glow, Darth Vader, Fireworks At Finale Night of 16th Hot Air Balloon Festival

Yesterday was the last night of the 16th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival at Clark Field Pampangga and of course I was there.  It was the perfect day to be there as it was the final night of this year and a weekend festival of everything that flies.

The finale night was the best night since its the night before Valentines Day, they wowed the spectators with an awesome night glow of the hot air balloons.  The ended with a lovely fireworks display!

Adding a romantic-touch to the event was one of the para-motor gliders who proposed marriage to his girlfriend! He took his gf for a tandem para-motor gliding and below was the banner asking for her hand.  Sweet!

para-motor glider

Here’s some of the photos I took during the finale, my camera was already nearing empty battery but I managed to get some pics, there was too many nice things to shoot:

Darth Vader hot air balloon







Will post more of the morning during the last day of the hot air balloon festival later.

sunrise behind the inflating hot air balloons
We were just in time for the inflation of the hot air balloons.


hot air balloons

crowds at the festivalcrowds on the grounds of Clark Field Pampangga

up, up and away!
There were more balloons this year, more people (estimate crowd of 5,000-10,000) more food and retail concessionaires ( that you needed the best weight loss supplement to flush it all out if you tried everything), more airplanes on the exhibit), new fun hot air balloon like the Mushroom with a View (biggest), Pirate, Snowman, inverted balloon and Darth Vader!
the Pirate, the Snowman, the Dwarf and a little boy

fly Olay!ria

inflating the hot air balloons sunrise
It was super cold in the morning until the sunrise, super hot in the afternoon then went to cold again sundown.

private airplanejet fighter
private jet
Incidentally it was the Centennial Celebration of the Air Force that day that’s why the last day of the 16th hot air balloon festival was extra special.

Both thumbs up for this years festival!



Stay gorgeous everyone and Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy SAD (Single Awareness Day)!

15th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival
17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival

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  1. This is an event that I’m dying to go to but never quite gotten around to yet. Ang cute naman nung Darth Vader and mushroom.

  2. teresa Padre

    nice idea of the management to have this hot air balloon festival…more power and goodluck…

  3. ahahaha kala ko nag propose yung guy after mag sky jumping

    glide lang pala ehehehe

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