16th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival- Angeles City, Pampanga

It’s a wondrous sight to see colorful hot air balloons fly in the skies of Clark Field, Pampanga. The 16th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival kicked off February 10 and will end on the 13th of the month.

We were scheduled to go on the 2nd day of the event. I made sure I charged the batteries of my camera, I brought extra shirts, filled in a jug of water, and checked my wallet for extra cash. As excited as I can be, I woke up early and left Manila around 3:00am. We arrived 4:45am in Clark Economic Zone, just in time to buy tickets. Good thing the line wasn’t that long when we arrived. We found a good spot, just behind the fence, to take pictures of these gigantic balloons.

The festival didn’t disappoint the thousands of fans who woke up early Friday morning to see balloon sculptures fly high in the sky above. At least 27 hot air balloons manned by more than 100 balloon pilots from various countries participated for this annual event. Spectators marveled at the thrilling stunts of paragliders, aerobatic flight display, sky diving exhibition, and the light airplane balloon bursting competition.

 

It rained mid-afternoon which halted the series of activities for the day; not to mention, the hot air balloon flight for the afternoon was also cancelled. No sunset photos. Sad. Note: It’s the first time ever to rain in this HAB festival, after 15 years. Do you call me lucky or what? Who’s the jinx? Hehehe…

Since more people still tried to come in, thinking there would be a sea of hot air balloons before sunset, the event organizers decided to continue the show with some race car drifting and kite flying right after the rain stopped. We spent the rest of the afternoon taking photos of the different aircrafts and munching on snacks. Plus, we get free slurpee and coffee.  🙂

It wasn’t that bad after all. Think of it this way, well, there’s always next year.

Here are 2 of my best shots…according to baloogs.

 

 

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34th National Milo Marathon- Manila Elimination

“Kaya Mo ‘Yan!” were the words shouted repeatedly to hype up the atmosphere and motivate the runners who joined the annual MILO Marathon Manila elimination race which started and ended at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta last July 4, 2010.

Being the biggest running event in the country, the National MILO Marathon has become consistent in its advocacy to build champions. This year’s specific goal is to provide running shoes to underprivileged children from selected public schools in the country.  A simple advocacy as it may seem, but “great things start from small beginnings” right? With these shoes, these children will be able to run, play, go to school, or perform other activities without hurting their feet.

Runners of all ages… even pets…had a grand time in this year’s marathon. Running for a cause gives marathoners a sense of fulfillment, knowing that even if they don’t bring home the medal, they were able to participate in a worthwhile advocacy efforts to extend help for a brighter future.

Aside from the marathon, other fun and dynamic activities were set up such as the mini soccer clinic and mini race track for kids. A photo wall was mounted where people can have their souvenir photos taken absolutely free.

A cheer dance competition (grade school and high school divisions) was held in between the announcements of the winners/medalists. Celebrities Toni Gonzaga, Karylle, and Gerald Anderson attracted a large crowd when they went up the stage.

Below is the MILO marathon schedule:

See you on next year’s run! 🙂

Paradise Adventure Camp- Bulacan

Accompanying my nephew in his field trip wasn’t a good idea (for me).  Unexpectedly, what I thought to be boring turned out really cool! The students, teachers, and staff, as well as the parents had a blast that day and totally enjoyed the entire trip. Thanks to the owner of Paradise Adventure Camp for putting up a camp that is enjoyable, interesting, and at the same time educational here near the metro.

Paradise Adventure Camp is a 3.6 hectare land located in San Jose, Bulacan. Looking at it I could say that the place is newly built. Some parts are still underdeveloped but the future plans include putting up cottages, a swimming pool, a chapel, and more gears for thrilling activities. Below are some photos of the camp site. Enjoy!

Entrance to the camp after a 50+ steps climb

Stone tables and seats

The Pavilion

The lush greenery view from the pavilion

obstacle course and mini zipline for kiddos

Steps going to the "main camp"...more extreme, more adventure!

"We learn, We train...Won't stop, Won't quit" - the kiddo's cheer

the sweat field... you keep movin'...no stopping

only for the brave ones

The Tower

Paradise Adventure Camp is a perfect place for having fun while learning. There was never a dull moment in this place as the friendly staff made sure that schedule is followed accordingly. Various activities related to the theme “Caring for our Environment” were facilitated by fun-loving instructors. Students not only learn about the environment, but teamwork, determination, and the importance of following instructions were also part of the objectives for each task.

The main attraction of the camp is the Tower. It’s a 45 ft tall tower, one side is for rappelling, one side for wall climbing, and another for the slide (zipline). I managed to muster enough confidence to slide in the zipline with my nephew. One great ride…I want more!

I’m gonna leave it to you guys… all the excitement and adrenalin rush…it’s all for you to experience. So, if you are looking for a place for some adventure, give Paradise Adventure camp a try. I bet you’ll definitely like it. One hurrah for the brave ones… wooohoooo!!!

UPDATE: I was able to visit Paradise Adventure Camp & Resort (YES! It has upgraded into a resort). Click —> Revisited: Paradise Adventure Camp & Resort, to read the post.

Paradise Adventure Camp

Paradise 1, Tungkong Mangga, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan

Contact #: 666-5106 /546-9504

Mobile: 0917-6303883 / 0922-8302303 LOOK for Ms. Juna -Marketing Manager

HOW TO GET THERE: Paradise Adventure Camp is 7 km away from SM Fairview. From SM Fairview, turn right and drive all the way until you reach Tungkong Mangga, San Jose del Monte Bulacan. When you see Jollibee Tungko, you turn right. You will find Paradise Farms High School, and from there you will find a .50 meter rough road on the right side, drive until you reach Paradise Adventure Camp.