For a few years now, we’ve been wanting to go to the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. Finally, we did! Held at the Air Force City Complex in Clark Field, Pampanga, we headed there very early in the morning to catch the flight of the balloons.

As early as 5am we were at Clark Field, and since I was also covering the event for Mommy Bloggers Philippines I was able to get an up close and personal look at the balloons. We drove up to the site at 5am and by 5:30am there was already a slew of people and vehicles approaching the event area. Make sure you watch for the turn off because the way back is quite long.

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It was pretty thrilling getting to see the hot air balloons inflated and prepared for the flight. There were about 10 unique designs aside from your everyday hot air balloon. I really liked the dinosaur hatching from its egg, the castle and boy and girl balloons. Jael was also excited to see the dinosaur balloon.

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For the photography enthusiasts this event is perfect for capturing spectacular shots. You can get a special photo pass to gain access to the field and get a better view and better shots.

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Getting to attend the Philippine International Hot Air Balloons Fiesta was definitely on my list of to do’s and I finally got to cross it off.

It’s their 20th year organizing this event and they’ve made sure to make each day jam-packed with fun and exciting activities. After watching the hot air balloons lift off you can then attend the scheduled activities for the day or roam around the event area and take in the impressive flying equipment on display.

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It’s also the perfect opportunity to bring those interested in aviation to learn more about the equipment and industry.

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There’s plenty of shopping to be done at the event. You can get souvenirs, clothing and toys for the little ones.

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Food choices are abundant and you can pretty much get a wide variety of meals, snacks and drinks. We bought a pack of Puto Pao from Nathaniel’s. I’d been hearing so much about it so bought some to bring home to the teens. I should have bought more!

Just make sure to check out the booths first. We were trying to buy mineral water and one booth was selling it at Php35. Just a few booths down we found one selling mineral water for only Php25.

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I’m already looking forward to next year’s hot air balloon fiesta and hopefully this time around we’ll have the teens with us.

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