LUBAO, Pampanga – More than 20 hot air balloons soared through the summer skies at the start of the 6th Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival on Friday.
The gates opened as early as 4 in the morning followed by the launch of several hot air balloons at 5:30 a.m.
“The weather seems to be cooperating. We had some glitches last night with some of the equipment failure, nag-check ‘yung pilots but we were able to address them all,” said event chairman Noel Castro.
There are 10 specially shaped hot air balloons like the polar bear, Elvis Presley, crib, blue chicken, pig and a lot more, all flying for the first time in the Philippines.
“Umalis kami ng 1:30 from Pasay and then dumating kami dito around 4 in the morning so just in time for the opening of the gates…so far so good,” said Rachel Anne Dajao.
(We left Pasay at 1:30 and arrived here at 4 in the morning just in time for the opening of the gates. So far so good.)
Balloon pilots were also thankful for the good weather Friday.
The event will also feature aerial shows, ultralight, and car shows, off-road and rallycross as well as a fireworks display and a music festival from the hottest bands and artist.
The price for general admission is at P350 while a hot air balloon ride costs about P15,000 and a tethered balloon ride at P1,500 only.
The event will run until Sunday, April 7, 2019.
Gov’t imposes scheduling system for boats headed to Boracay
MANILA – A scheduling system will be implemented for boats servicing the Caticlan-Boracay route, an Environment official said Friday, a week before Boracay Island reopens for tourists.
The new scheduling system for boats was implemented as the government continues to find ways to limit the number of tourists and workers staying in the congested island.
“Hindi natin babawasan ‘yung boats but we will be regulating them through scheduling,” Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Sherwin Rigor said. – ABS-CBN News