Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Lubao International Balloon Festival 2016: Interview with Mayor Mylyn Pineda Cayabyab

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We had a short interview with Lubao, Pampanga Mayor Mylyn Pineda Cayabyab during the first day of the Lubao International Balloon Festival. We intentionally made it short as we can see how the mayor was extremely busy personally seeing to it that everything goes well for the 3rd run of the hot air balloon festival.

We even mistook her as one of the security heads as she was wearing a blue outfit while giving instructions to people. Unlike the others wearing a brown version of the outfit, she was more hands-on and totally immersed on the responsibilities. We don't usually see that kind of commitment with other government officials of her same level of office.

Maybe because the event is practically theirs to begin with as the venue itself is owned by their family. Pradera Verde, where the wakepark, villas and a golf course, plus an upcoming waterpark, is owned by their family.

However, we have to commend the Pineda clan for putting Lubao, Pampanga in the map for holding one of the much awaited event every April. There may be another hot air balloon event being held at Clark but they boast of being the biggest hot air balloon festival in Southeast Asia.

Pradera Verde located at Prado Siongco here in Lubao Pampanga is a 350 hectare property and currently only 34 hectares are in use. This means more developments are possible with the property. This makes me wonder what other attractions will soon rise from the place. Could this area be the next Disneyland of the Philippines? Why not?

This is the 3rd time Lubao, Pampanga is holding the event and indeed it is bigger and better as compared to the previous runs. Even some of the pilots are acknowledging how they are well taken care of by the organizers with special mention to Pilipinas International Balloon Festival Inc. (PIBFI)  Chairman Noel Cortez. You can see  from our interview with some of the pilots how they almost applauded the organizers for doing a great job.

The Lubao International Balloon Festival is co-organized by the Forthinker, Inc., in cooperation with the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office (ACTO) of Pampanga, and with support from the Provincial Government of Pampanga.

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