I had really wanted to go to this year’s Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, held over last Valentine’s Day weekend. I was all set to go, with my cameras, digital and analog, cleaned and loaded. The day job, however, insistently required me to finish a lengthy article on the impact of technology on small and medium businesses. With heavy heart, I unpacked my camera bag, stowed away all my gear, and took to the keyboard to hammer out copy like a man possessed. There’s always next year, I thought.

Hot Air Balloon Takes Flight @Holga 135 ©j-mi

Hot Air Balloon Takes Flight @Holga 135 ©j-mi

While I may have missed the hot air balloons, paragliders, helicopters and rockets this year, a lot of local photographers did take the effort to go north to Pampanga to document the event. One such shooter was J-mi, a contributor to the lomomanila multiply group.

J-mi has been shooting digital for over a year but has been shooting with the Holga 135 she recently acquired. This was shot on Fujichrome Velvia 100F. J-mi’s still in college and enjoys photography in the spare time between futsal practice and studies. For more photos, check out the multiply set or her deviant art site.

Looking at her photos, I’m still miffed at myself for missing the hot air balloon fiesta. So many interesting things and details to preserve. I should really make sure I make the time – SECURE the time – next year. 

Meanwhile, here’s last year’s article on the Balloon Fiesta, published in Asian Traveler magazine. Story and photos are mine. 

 

Flame On! @Canon 350D ©Karlo Samson

Flame On! @Canon 350D ©Karlo Samson

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