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Balloons take flight at Philippine Hot Air Balloon festival

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Participants prepare to inflate hot air balloons to kick off the four-day 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon festival at sunrise on Thursday.

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A participant prepares to inflate his hot air balloon.

Bullit Marquez / AP

Hot air balloons dot the sky at the 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon festival at sunrise in Philippines.

The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon festival has attracted 28 balloonists from Asia, the Pacific, Europe and the United States. The four-day event also draws tens of thousands of foreign and local tourists to Pampanga province in northern Philippines each year.

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