On A High in Lubao

Man has always dreamt of flying: flying to the moon and flying to places unimaginable. If centuries ago some brave souls did not take a leap to fly, what would today's adventures be like?

Lubao's Hot Air Balloon and Music Festival takes local adventure to new heights, literally and figuratively. Flight exhibitions included riding hot air balloons, paragliding and skydiving. Millennials rocked each night with a star-studded concert of musical artists and celebrities such as James Reid, Sponge Cola and the Eraserheads, among others. Kids were not left out, as they enjoyed camel riding, rabbit feeding and bird-watching. Each night of this four day event was capped off with a hot air balloon night glow and a grand fireworks display.

 Riding a hot air balloon can take your breath away. It has been years since the last time I rode one so it was pretty refreshing to do it again. Here are a few tips I have (re)learned after the last hot air balloon festival.    HAVE CONVENIENT TRANSPORT & LODGING  Every day during the 4-day event, the balloon preparations would start as early as 5 am and the balloons lift off by around 6:30 a.m. If you are staying overnight, be sure to stay somewhere close to the venue to make early morning transport a lot easier for you.

Riding a hot air balloon can take your breath away. It has been years since the last time I rode one so it was pretty refreshing to do it again. Here are a few tips I have (re)learned after the last hot air balloon festival. 

HAVE CONVENIENT TRANSPORT & LODGING
Every day during the 4-day event, the balloon preparations would start as early as 5 am and the balloons lift off by around 6:30 a.m. If you are staying overnight, be sure to stay somewhere close to the venue to make early morning transport a lot easier for you.

  TAKE A LEAK BEFORE YOU LEAP  Be sure to hit the restroom before you even head to the launch site.

TAKE A LEAK BEFORE YOU LEAP
Be sure to hit the restroom before you even head to the launch site.

  BE WARY OF THE CABLES  When you meet your pilot and his team, they will probably be prepping  the balloons. A high-powered inflation fan will force air into the balloon envelope. Be mindful of the cables and ropes connected to the balloons and the baskets. 

BE WARY OF THE CABLES
When you meet your pilot and his team, they will probably be prepping  the balloons. A high-powered inflation fan will force air into the balloon envelope. Be mindful of the cables and ropes connected to the balloons and the baskets. 

  WHAT TO WEAR  . Comfortable shorts/pants that you can move in so you can easily hop in and out of the balloon basket . You’ll be on your feet for the entire flight and it is most likely that you will land in the field. To stay comfortable and to protect your feet from grass burrs when that happens, wearing boots or sneakers would be ideal. . A hat to guard your face from the direct sunlight!

WHAT TO WEAR
. Comfortable shorts/pants that you can move in so you can easily hop in and out of the balloon basket
. You’ll be on your feet for the entire flight and it is most likely that you will land in the field. To stay comfortable and to protect your feet from grass burrs when that happens, wearing boots or sneakers would be ideal.
. A hat to guard your face from the direct sunlight!

  CHOOSE THE RIGHT BASKET SIZE FOR YOUR GROUP  The basket sizes vary. A typical public-flight basket holds 10-12 passengers. Private flights usually accommodate a maximum of 3 people (including your pilot).   THE FLIGHT  . The ascent is actually quite smooth and peaceful. The baskets are built to be steady so passengers can easily move around the basket.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT BASKET SIZE FOR YOUR GROUP
The basket sizes vary. A typical public-flight basket holds 10-12 passengers. Private flights usually accommodate a maximum of 3 people (including your pilot).

THE FLIGHT
. The ascent is actually quite smooth and peaceful. The baskets are built to be steady so passengers can easily move around the basket.

  WHEN TAKING PHOTOS / VIDEOS  While being up in the air may be quite relaxing, it is natural for you to worry about things possibly falling off the basket such as your precious cameras! It is ideal to add a neck or wrist strap to your cameras to keep everything in tact.

WHEN TAKING PHOTOS / VIDEOS
While being up in the air may be quite relaxing, it is natural for you to worry about things possibly falling off the basket such as your precious cameras! It is ideal to add a neck or wrist strap to your cameras to keep everything in tact.

  LANDING  Depending on the strength of the wind, landings can usually get a bit bumpy. Your pilot might instruct you to lean or squat inside the basket upon landing. 

LANDING
Depending on the strength of the wind, landings can usually get a bit bumpy. Your pilot might instruct you to lean or squat inside the basket upon landing. 

 While on a hot air balloon, it is a wholly overwhelming feeling to see the beauty that lies below. While this was not my first time to ride a hot air balloon, each time always brings out a new sense of wonder and awe.

While on a hot air balloon, it is a wholly overwhelming feeling to see the beauty that lies below. While this was not my first time to ride a hot air balloon, each time always brings out a new sense of wonder and awe.

 What really makes this festival special, whether you are up in the air or on the ground, is the participants' camaraderie and the locals' warm welcome. The kids were so smiley and playful. The kind of joy these hot air balloons brought to the locals when we landed was just precious!

What really makes this festival special, whether you are up in the air or on the ground, is the participants' camaraderie and the locals' warm welcome. The kids were so smiley and playful. The kind of joy these hot air balloons brought to the locals when we landed was just precious!

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.
— Leonardo da Vinci
 My gang (Moe, Deej, Trixie) and I taking a break after shooting the hot air balloons lift off on our last day!

My gang (Moe, Deej, Trixie) and I taking a break after shooting the hot air balloons lift off on our last day!

 Millennials rocked each night with a star-studded concert of musical artists and celebrities such as James Reid, Sponge Cola and the Eraserheads, among others. Kids were not left out, as they enjoyed camel riding, rabbit feeding and bird-watching. Each night of this four day event was capped off with a hot air balloon night glow and a grand fireworks display. 

Millennials rocked each night with a star-studded concert of musical artists and celebrities such as James Reid, Sponge Cola and the Eraserheads, among others. Kids were not left out, as they enjoyed camel riding, rabbit feeding and bird-watching. Each night of this four day event was capped off with a hot air balloon night glow and a grand fireworks display. 

This Lubao experience is one for the books, and I will definitely be back next year!
Hope you guys enjoyed this one.

Until the next adventure!

S

Photos by the talented Trixie Beredo.
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