Philippine Hot Air Balloon

yellow cab hot air ballon

This photo was taken during the The 2010 Hot Air Balloon fiesta in Clark Pampanga.

Hot air baloon is an expensive and extreme sport in many aspect, that one would need at least more than a cheap car insurance before embracing the sport.

The fear of tremendous heights, limited space, strong wind and bursting balloon are the main factors you will encounter up there. I’m sure all of these are nothing compare to what the sport enthusiast feels when they are airborne. The fulfillment and joy seeing the world from up there. Kudos to all who were into these kind of sports. Enjoy and fly safely! 😀

Image by lolidus

Flagellants Everywhere

A group of flagellants  while doing their yearly devotion/ sacrifice or panata on the streets of Pampanga during Holy Week. This was my first time to witnessed such large numbers of flagellants and penitents on the street. They’re literally everywhere. They believe doing penance like these would washed away their sins.

This video was taken last Good Friday while we’re on a Road Trip to Manaoag, Pangasinan to visit the church and pray to the miraculous Our Lady of Manaoag.

Good Friday Road Trip

Spending Good Friday on the road has been my “panata” for many years now. Its like some sort of penitence and spiritual nourishment for me. During my adolescent years I walked (a gruelling 15 kms from our house) all the way to Grotto (in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan) with my friends, family, or neighbors. I even went solo, twice or thrice. But then, I’ve stopped doing it for quite some time now, not until yesterday, when Im back at the road again on a Good Friday…


Together with my ride buddy Sergs and his back ride. We braved the scorching heat and rode all the way to Our Lady of Manaoag in Pangasinan (211 kms, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall – Manaoag Pangasinan). We took off at around 5 am and our tires set tracks at Manaoag grounds by around 10:45am. Passing numerous flagellants, cross-carrier’s and processions along the way (particularly in Pampanga). And I just can’t passed by without taking some souvenir shots, as this would be my first time to witness such large number of penitent’s.

Except for a flat tire my partner got when were already at Kalayaan Ave, all goes well with our travel as we got home safe and sound. Good Friday is really good after all!

I’m thinking what more to add to this post when suddenly I recieved an SMS from a friend. Very timely. Here it goes:

38 SECONDS PRAYER:
Lord thank you for this great day!
I love you and need you to come into my heart.
Do Bless me, my family, my home, my work and my friends.
AMEN.

Have a blessed holy week everyone. 😀

Just click the photos for more of our Manaoag Road Trip!