The annual Hot Air Balloon Festival in Philippines is one of the most popular events in the country as it attracts more and more tourists from all over the world each year. Featuring the most colorful and well designed hot air balloon from different countries from across the world, guests leave the event satisfied and wanting for more.
Philippine Hot Air Balloon Festival 2014
The Philippine Hot Air Balloon Festival is an annual event which is held in Clark Free Port Zone, Pampanga. This is a four day event which is predicted to be held on February 6-9 or 13-16, 2014. This event shall take place from Thursday to Sunday. As of today, no official date has been released yet.
Since this event grows bigger year after year, it is expected to attract at least 100,000 for the 2014 event, 20,000 more tourist compared to last year’s festival which was attended by 80,000 guests.
What is Hot Air Balloon Festival?
The Hot Air Balloon Festival features magnificent and multi-colored hot air balloons with more than a hundred balloon pilots from all over the world. With this event, they fill Pampanga’s skyline with the best hot air balloon entries from different countries.
Main Attractions – Hot Air Balloon in Philippines
The Hot Air Balloon Festival features the best and most well designed hot air balloons that you shall not see anywhere else. As this event is participated by different countries, they also bring in hundreds of balloon pilots.
This hot air balloon event is the biggest aviation event in the Philippines and is usually attended by an estimate of 60,000 guests every year.
History of Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
In 1994, three years after the devastating effects of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption, they engineered the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival to help jumpstart the local economy and the spirit of the Central Luzon region. The event began with 21 balloon pilots from 10 countries and only one entry from the Philippines.
In 1996, the organizing of the event was transferred from the Department of Tourism to Air Ads Inc, under the supervision of Captain Joy Roa, also a licensed balloon pilot.
In 2003, a change in the traditional ballooning format was introduced. Specially designed balloons with unique shapes made their debut over the skyline of Pampanga. Also, balloon participation from Malaysia, Japan, Korea, Germany and United Kingdom drew crowds from all over the world.
Interesting Information – Hot Air Balloon in the Philippines
The Philippine Hot Air Balloon Festival is always held the weekend nearest to Valentine’s Day to coincide to with the birthday of Captain Joy Roa, the founder of the festival.
Come early: It is recommended to come early to catch the Hot Air Balloon Flight. Also, if you are coming from Manila area, it is best to leave at around 2am. At 4am, the line is building up at the entrance.
Bring a camera: Being the biggest aviation sports event in the country, this event features the best and most unique hot air balloons from all over the world. Feast your eyes and take as much photos as you can.
Date: The Balloons Fiesta is an annual event which is held between January and February. For 2014, it is expected to be held on February 6-9 or 13-16. This event is scheduled on Thursday – Sunday.
Location: Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
How to get there
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 toward the highway where jeepneys or tricycle are available. These vehicles can take you to clark.
Fee: Tickets to this event is worth P250.