Considering all the things I ticked off my bucket list, sad to say, there is still a lot that remains unchecked, but at least I have something to look forward to right? Just like these two things that are about to happen this weekend and next week: Cebu and Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival!!

Yep, I know it might sound surprising, but I never been to the Queen City of South, but not until this Friday! With all the good things I heard about Cebu, I cannot wait to witness and experience everything with my friends! On the other hand, the other thing that I am talking about is the Hot Air Balloon Festival, which is happening on February 8 to February 11, 2018 at the Omni Aviation Complex in Clark, Pampanga.

Twinz Acrobatic Paragliders jumping from a hot air balloon

What to expect? This year’s festivities will showcase 26 colorful hot air balloons from all over the world, featuring a big number of new special-shaped balloons: Happy Heart, Matryoshka Russian Doll, Queen’s Guard, Giant Strawberry, Buddy Balloon, Captain Jack, Princess Nellie, Vostok Balloon, Master Yoda, Morris the Donkey, Bruno the Clown and Pepe the Hedgehog – Aren’t they sound so fun and Instagrammable??

22nd Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

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Early morning balloon flights are followed by non-stop flying activities – including paragliding, skydiving, aerobatic exhibitions, formation flights, balloon bursting competitions and kite flying.

22nd Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

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Oh and you can also see Clark through the eyes of a pilot by riding one of the discovery flights such hot air balloon rides, tandem skydiving, tandem paragliding, airplane and helicopter rides, and aerobatic flights – all supervised by expert aviators. But before anything else, remember to buy your tickets at the Fiesta’s official website.

22nd Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Entrance tickets are at Php 500 each, a percentage of which goes to the PIHABF Foundation Scholarship Fund, granting scholarships to underprivileged but deserving students who want to pursue a career in aviation. Tickets are available at the Fiesta’s website, Ticketnet outlets, or at the event gates.

And because I am really happy that I will finally experience riding a hot air balloon, I am giving away THREE (3) PAIRS of entrance tickets to my lovely readers! Here’s how:

1. Like Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta on Facebook
2. Share Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta page on Facebook
3. Follow @philballoonfest on Twitter and Instagram
4. Follow me, @tricenagusara, on Twitter and Instagram
5. Share this link on Facebook and tag someone you would love to tag along with at the fiesta.
6. Comment below your name, Instagram and Twitter usernames, email, and the link of your entry.

Three (3) winners will be selected on February 6, 2018 (Tuesday), and will get two tickets each! Good luck!

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