February 15, 2015

19th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

The historic weekend that everything that flies at the 19th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta gives us excitements as colors spread across the sky once again!

With the Philippine Bloggers Network team, Eli Villagonzalo, Ted Claudio and Azrael Coladilla, four of us were excitingly got there at Clark Freeport Pampanga at 10:30 evening last Thursday February 11. The baloon fiesta starts at February 12, entrance at 4:00 am. At 5:00 am, the official chase team and crew with their off-the road vehicle Land Rovers, started rolling with the articulated carts where it carried the Hot Air Balloons, to get ready for the flight , the most anticipated exhibition of the whole fiesta. 

It is fun and thrilling, as watching different designs and shapes of hot air balloons get inflated before the break of dawn starts 5:30 am. Very fortunately, we had a closer look on the preparations needed before the flight.

At around 6 am the Philppine National anthem was played while the Philippine Air Force skydivers team and a sky jumper carrying a Philippine Flag.

We roamed around and had to take some more photos as the balloons are stretched out, parachute cords are tied , the crew and all made sure for the safety, a powerful large blade fan blows air inside the balloon, burn the fuel into the balloons, and to soar high up in the clouds! Burst with fire and finally fly up up and away to the sky! 

Many groups of families, groups of friends, kids, couples, people had their picnic and enjoying and flying their kites.

The air field was full with stalls selling mostly memorabilia, miniature hot air balloons, shirts, and many more.

We witnessed the 19th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2015. We will assure to be back next year for the 20th!

It’s a fun and enjoying weekend of everything that flies! Thank you Millet Liberato for the awesome experience.

Join the 19th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival set up to February15, 2015 at the Philippine Air Force ADAC Hangar in Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.

Entrance tickets are at Php300 each, which is a donation to the PIHABF Foundation Scholarship Fund, granting scholarships to deserving but underprivileged students pursuing an aviation career in partnership with Air Link International Aviation School and the Philippine Air Transport and Training Services.

Tickets may be purchased at the fiesta’s official website, at Ticketnet outlets, or at the event gates.

For those interested to ride the hot air balloon, it costs USD200/head.

Click HERE  here for 2015 pics.

 www.philballoonfest.net or its official Facebook page, at http://www.facebook.com/pihabf.

Here's the 19th PIHABF Schedule of Activities:

The PIHABF 2015 was made possible with the support of the Bases Conversion Development Authority, Clark Freeport, Clark International Airport, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, together with media partners the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Malaya Business Insight, Business World, Business Mirror, Pilipino Mirror, Natural 97.9 FM, DWIZ, ABS CBN, and sponsors, SM City Clark, UPS, Prudential Guarantee, Hotdog on Stick, CDO Bibbo Hotdog, Segway, Qube, Kopiko, Rudy Project, The Medical City, Yellow Cab, Tempra, Snow Cone, Flanax, Bonamine, Garant Group and Radio Republic.

I'ts more fun flying in the Philippines! Enjoy wonderful world of Hot Air Balloons!

Driving Directions: 
Getting to the Clark Freeport Zone, otherwise known as the Clark Special Economic Zone by car is easy. Simply take the North Luzon Expressway from Manila and exit at Dau, Mabalacat. After your exit, a left turn towards Angeles City, and a little Angeles City/Dau traffic, will bring you to within an easy right turn of the Clark Zone itself. The trip should take about an hour and a half from Manila without heavy traffic.

By Public Transport: 

Clark is approximately 80km north of Manila and may be reached by land or air. Public buses travel on a daily basis. Ride a Victory Liner bus bound for Dagupan and go down at Dau common terminal. Walk a bit towards the highway where jeepneys or tricycle are available. These public utility vehicles can take you to Clark

By Air: You can hop on regular commercial flights to Clark International Airport. Carriers that land at Clark are Cebu Pacific Air, Air Asia, and Tiger Airways.

For more information and updates on the 19th PIHABF, visit:
Email: info@philballoonfest.net
Website: www.philballoonfest.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pihabf

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