LOOK: Colorful hot air balloons soar in Lubao

Gracie Rutao, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 05 2019 11:46 AM | Updated as of Apr 05 2019 02:16 PM

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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 rally cross as well as 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.