PHOTOS: Lubao International Balloon Festival, happening April 14 to 17

Sometimes, hot air can actually be a good thing.

Lubao International Balloon Festival 2016

 

(SPOT.ph) From now until April 17, 2016, Sunday, 40 hot air balloons from all over the world are going to take to the sky at the 3rd Lubao International Balloon Festival at Pradera Verde, Lubao, Pampanga. The balloons start flying very early in the morning, traveling for less than an hour, and then landing a few kilometers away, usually greeted by local kids eager for pictures and even help the pilot and the chase crew pack up the balloon.

 

The gates open at 4 a.m., so get there early and grab a spot where you can watch the balloons being prepped.

 

Check out what went on (or up!) on the first day of LIBF 2016.

 

Lubao International Balloon Festival 2016

Early birds wandering the grounds.

 

 

Lubao International Balloon Festival 2016

4x4s in  full force on display.

 

 

Lubao International Balloon Festival 2016

Getting ready

 

 

Lubao International Balloon Festival 2016

They’re slowly filling up.

 

 

Lubao International Balloon Festival 2016

Walking in the shade of the balloons

 

 

Lubao International Balloon Festival 2016

Eagerly waiting for the balloons to come up

 

 

Lubao International Balloon Festival 2016

Preparing for take-off

 

 

Lubao International Balloon Festival 2016

Almost ready...

 

 

Lubao International Balloon Festival 2016

The first balloon flies up at 6:42 a.m.

 

 

Lubao International Balloon Festival 2016

A look at the late fliers

 

 

Lubao International Balloon Festival 2016

Dots in the sky

 

 

Lubao International Balloon Festival 2016

Up in the air

 

 

Lubao International Balloon Festival 2016

Kids having their pictures taken with the French pilot Cyrille de Beaucorps and the crew of Astro

 

 

Lubao International Balloon Festival 2016

Birds, camels, and miniature horses await at the Zoocobia

 

 

Lubao International Balloon Festival 2016

And souvenirs, too

 

 

Lubao International Balloon Festival 2016

Bouncy castle and...beers

 

 

Lubao International Balloon Festival 2016

The stage is set for the day’s activities and the evening’s concerts

 

 

Lubao International Balloon Festival 2016

Ready for pictures (we can’t imagine how much they must be sweating in their costumes)

 

 

Lubao International Balloon Festival 2016

The airshow begins.

 

 

Lubao International Balloon Festival 2016

It’s their turn to amuse kids and mug for the camera

 

Photos by TJ Tantiangco

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