Anna and I went to the 16th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga on Feb 12, 2011. The long trip was worth it because the fiesta had a lot of attractions other than the hot air balloons for those who missed the morning flight (which started at about 5.30am).
Since Anna and I watched the balloons fly off from the car (we were still on the queue for parking space), we had commanding view of some of the hot air balloons as they floated off across the road :) But because we didn't see them go up, we stuck around until evening when the balloons were re-inflated and lit.
While waiting for the night glow of the balloons, we passed the time while we watched the flight demonstrations, paragliding, skydiving, and team kite-flying on the open fields by the tarmac. We also went on the tour of the of the flight line and behind the scenes of the hot air balloon fiesta.