One of the fun festivals in the Philippines that I usually attend to is the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta or simply the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark, Pampanga. Apart from the fact that it is only a few hours away from both Manila and Pangasinan, the cute and gigantic balloons will surely unleash the inner kid in you on February 11-14, 2016!
What to expect from this four-day fiesta? There will be exhibitions of different aviation disciplines, including aerobatics, skydiving, paragliding, remote control aircraft, and kite flying. Hot air balloons from the Philippines and other countries will fly high in the early morning, and illuminate the evenings. It is also a gathering of aviators from the Philippines and the world.
^ Watch the video I made from three years ago 🙂 Read my Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 Experience
This passion project has now evolved into the longest-running sports aviation event in Asia. The objective of the organizers is to instill discipline in participating young pilots so they can develop into safe aviators, as well as to impart a spirit volunteerism to the whole community.
The fiesta is an opportunity to share and exchange cultures and traditions with visiting pilots from all over the world. They are given a taste of Filipino hospitality and the fiesta spirit. We hope that their beautiful experience becomes the best advertising for Philippine tourism. We also encourage the visiting pilots to be contributors to chosen beneficiaries of the foundation.
By creating aviation awareness, educating the young about flying machines and encouraging people to work from the heart and do things with passion, we will strive to bring back the Philippine aviation industry’s good standing in the international community.
TICKET PRICES AND MORE
Watch the aerobatic exhibitions, experience a hot air balloon ride, skydive, ride a plane, or paraglide! Visit the online ticketing portal to reserve your tickets.
General Admission PhP 350
VIP Passes PhP 6,000
Hot Air Balloon Rides US$ 350
Tandem Skydiving US$ 400
Airplane Discovery Flights US$ 120
Tandem Paragliding US$ 150
General Admission tickets are at PhP 350 per person, good for 1 day. Get your tckets at our offices at the Air Ads Hangar, Andrews Avenue, Pasay City, or through the online ticketing portal. Tickets will also be available at the Fiesta entrance. Gates and ticketing counters open at 5AM daily.
You can also purchase VIP tickets to get the following perks!
Complimentary use of the Balloon Launch Patio
Afternoon high tea
Complimentary snacks & beverages
VIP tickets must be purchased in advance from our offices at the the Air Ads Hangar, or through the online ticketing portal.
UPDATE: Check the 2016 Official Program and Schedule here!
The 20th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is made possible by The Philippine Army, The Philippine Air Force, The Philippine Navy, The Philippine Bases Conversion and Development Authority, Clark Freeport, Clark International Airport, Department of Tourism, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Department of Finance, Clark Electric, Clark Water, Hotdog on Sticks, CDO Bibbo Hotdog, Paracetamol Tempra, Bonamine, Flanax, Sharpie, Mongol, Prudential Guarantee, AVIS, Chevrolet, Isla LPG, ABS-CBN, Jeepney TV, 97.9 Home Radio Natural, DWIZ, 882 AM, Crossover 105.1, Business Mirror, Malaya Business Insights, TV 100, Travel Now, megstreetwear.ph, Philippine Inquirer, Medical City, Segway, SM Clark, YKL Colors, and FujiFilm.
Photos and Information courtesy of PIHABF. More information will be added in the coming days!