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Action-packed Hot Air Balloon Fest weekend



Families and individuals experienced an exciting and action packed weekend at the recent Frontrow Hot Air Balloon Fest (HABF). Once again, the much-anticipated annual event was held at the Clark Global City grounds. Guests got up close the eye-popping, larger-than-life hot air balloons in all shapes and sizes from professional balloonists from different parts of the world. Some of the guests were even able to tick one item off their bucket lists when they got the chance to ride the tethered balloons.

Jam-packed weekend

This year’s HABF was filled with activities for guests of all ages. Kids had a blast at the inflatable and slide attractions, magic show, bubble show and cartoon character shows. The adults got to enjoy a wide selection of food and shopping choices and were treated to nightly concerts featuring some of the hottest local bands such as Slapshock, Kamikazee and SM City Clark Castaway bands Ely Buendia, Hale and Unique Salonga.

Race enthusiasts had their treats at the HABF as it is the host event of some of the most anticipated motorsports events, which include the National Drift Championship, National Slalom Series, Philippine Rally Cross Series and Philippine Autocross Championship Series.

The Philippine Autocross Championship series was dominated by the overall top five: Carlos Anton (37.61 in FWD Class), Inigo Anton (38.05 in FWD Class), Estefano Rivera (38.27 in FWD Class), Jevoy Moreno (39.80 in EMC Class) and Mikko Briones (39.88 in EMB Class).

The second leg of the 2019 Race Motorsports Club Phoenix Pulse Technology National Slalom Series named Estefano Rivera of PMMS Racing Team as overall best time of the day and front wheel best time of the day by clocking 39.10. Teammate Power Base came in second with 39.84, closing the third spot is Jevoy Moreno of JAF Racing Team with 40.32. Richard Gallardo with a time of 40.70 claimed fourth while Douglas Maningding of Speedmode Racing Team came in fifth with 41.50.

Joseph Ortega of Pongga Racing Team captured the Rear Wheel Production Best Time of Day with 42.90 and Rod Chang of JAF Racing Team Bulacan bagged the Novice Best Time of the Day with 42.06.

In the National Drift Championship, Boodie Dabasol, meanwhile, was named champion in the Pro Class, followed by Mark Bernardo in second place, Ralph Tan and David Feliciano in third and fourth places, respectively. The Amateur Class was dominated by Patrick de Guzman. He was followed by second placer Luis Sayson, while Junjun Yapo captured third place and Ali Khalid bagged fourth place. Best Livery award went to Boodie Dabasol, while Best Team award was given to Team GMW.

Rally Cross winners are as follows: Choy Mabunay, Harly David and Tygr Espino for Group One; Steve Acayan, Paul Santos and Mon Dimapilis for Group Two; Louie Camacho, Mon Dimapilis and Paul Santos for Group Three; John Dizon, Marvin Susara and Paul Santos for Group Four; Johnsy Reyes, David Feliciano and Charlie Cruz for Open Class; JC David, Jerome Arcenas and Allan Sarmiento for UV Class; Aldrich Garcia and Keanu Dominado for AWD Class; Jun Magno and Raab Hizon for RWD Class.

HABF also hosted the dance competition that gathered 11 dance groups from different cities. Bagging the third place was United Boys from Pampanga, second place was bestowed to Junior FMD Extreme from Marikina, while another group of Marikenyos, the Kingdom Warriors, took home the top spot.