It was out first time to cover the hot air balloon show in Lubao last April 6 and it was a great day to be there on its first day. This happens to be its 4th year since its inception which is now annually held in Pradera Verde, a 360-hectare sports and leisure complex in the first-class municipality in Lubao, Pampanga and is a two hour and thirty minutes drive from Quezon City.
We left Eton Centris by 2:30 AM and we reached our destination by 4 AM. It was still dark and we have to get familiarized with the place before the hot air balloons begins to fly on that morning.
As media representatives, we were briefed of the locations where we are supposed to stay and where to shoot the amazing flying hot air balloons. This year, it’s the Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival, bringing in music into the yearly balloon fest. Bands and performers included Sponge Cola, Parokya ni Edgar, Yeng Constantino, and a lot more, including international artists and DJ, Red Foo of LMFAO. The Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival was held last April 6-9, 2017.
To date, we can say that we have great photos of the balloons from the ground and into the air which we weren’t able to take from our last hot air balloon coverage. Some of the balloons, there were around 30 balloons participated during this event, were also present in Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta event last February in Clark, Pampanga.
Aside from the watching hot air balloons flying up in the air, crowds were also able to experience other activities like ATV rides, tethered balloon rides, kiddie playground, and watching performers on stage during the 4-day festival. General admission for this event was P300.
Media reps were provided with a shuttle bus ride from Quezon City all the way to Lubao, and back, and food accommodation as well for the rest of the day. There were a lot of sponsors for #LubaoIBMF2017. Smart, PLDT, Petron, Resorts World Manila, Philippine Airlines, Pepsi, San Miguel, Magnolia, and NLEX/SCTEX were the sponsors of this event.
Here are some of the highlights and photos we took on the first day.
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