15th Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2010 in 5 days!

I missed last year’s Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. But not this year! In fact, an all-access media ID pass is on its way – thanks to Ayala Malls, MarQuee Mall, Az and Rogue Digital!

– Feb 11 Update: Day 01 PHOTOS of Hot Air Balloon Festival. –

Sago Flies Hot-Air Balloon

Sago Flies Hot-Air Balloon

This year’s Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) rounds up to a good number at its 15th year. Starting Feb 11 upto Feb 14, 2010, the skies of Clark Freeport in Pamapanga will be filled with soaring big ballons of all colors, shapes and sizes.

Hot Air Balloon 2010 Fiesta

Hot Air Balloon 2010 Fiesta

With more than a hundred thousand visitors, including Sago, expected to flock Clark in the 4-day event, make sure you are at the Air Force City, Clark Freeport, Angeles City in Pampanga as early as 5:00 in the morning when baloons start to fly. It will be participated by balloon enthusiasts from different countries.

2010 Fiesta Schedule

Feb 11 – Day 01

Philippine Army Flag Jump with Rondalla on Wheels 5:30-5:45AM
Hot Air Balloon Flights 5:45-7:00AM
Philippines/Thailand/Malaysia/Indonesia/UK Paragliding Exhibition 7:00-7:30AM
ACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights & Flour Bombing 7:30-8:30AM
Meynard Halili / Bill Wright Aerobatic Air Show 8:30-9:00AM
AFP / Civilian Skydiving Exhibition 9:00-9:30AM
Radio-controlled Model Aircraft Demonstration 9:30-10:00AM
AOPA-P Light Aircraft Balloon-Bursting Competition 10:00-11:00AM
Kite Flying Exhibition 11:00-11:30AM
Airlink/WCC/AAA/Omni/PPA/CA/Orient/Light Airplane Flyby 11:30-12:30PM
Radio-controlled Model Aircraft Demonstration 12:30-1:00PM
AFP / Civilian Skydiving Exhibition 1:00-1:30PM
Light Airplane vs Car Race 1:30-2:00PM
AOPA-P Light Aircraft Balloon-Bursting Competition 2:00-3:00PM
PHILSCA Rocketry Demonstration 3:00-3:30PM
ACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights 3:30-4:00PM
Meynard Halili / Bill Wright Aerobatic Air Show 4:00-5:00PM
Philippines/Thailand/Malaysia/Indonesia/UK Paragliding Exhibition 5:00-5:30PM
Hot Air Balloon Fly-In 5:30-6:00PM

Feb 12 – Day 02

Philippine Army Flag Jump 5:30-5:45AM
Hot Air Balloon Flights 5:45-7:00AM
Philippines/Thailand/Malaysia/Indonesia/UK Paragliding Exhibition 7:00-7:30AM
ACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights & Flour Bombing 7:30-8:00AM
Meynard Halili / Bill Wright Aerobatic Air Show 8:00-9:00AM
Radio-controlled Model Aircraft Demonstration 9:00-9:30AM
AFP / Civilian Skydiving Exhibition 9:30-10:00AM
AOPA-P Light Aircraft Balloon-Bursting Competition 10:00-11:00AM
Kite Flying Exhibition 11:00-11:30AM
Airlink/WCC/AAA/Omni/PPA/CA/Orient/Light Airplane Flyby 11:30-12:00NN
Winch-Launched Glider Demonstration 12:00-12:30PM
AFP / Civilian Skydiving Exhibition 12:30-1:00PM
AOPA-P Light Aircraft Balloon-Bursting Competition 1:00-2:00PM
SIL Helio Courier Short Takeoff and Landing Demonstration 2:00-2:30PM
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Regional Summit 2:30-5:00PM
Radio-controlled Aircraft Modeller Display 2:30-3:00PM
PHILSCA Rocketry Demonstration 3:00-3:30PM
ACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights 3:30-4:00PM
Bill Wright / Meynard Halili Aerobatic Air Show 4:00-5:00PM
Philippines/Thailand/Malaysia/Indonesia/UK Paragliding Exhibition 5:00-5:30PM
Hot Air Balloon Fly-In 5:30-6:00PM

Feb 13 – Day 03

Philippine Army Flag Jump 5:20-5:30AM
Hot Air Balloon Flights 5:30-7:00AM
Candaba Birds Fly-in 5:30-7:00AM
Philippines/Thailand/Malaysia/Indonesia/UK Paragliding Exhibition 7:00-7:30AM
ACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights & Flour Bombing 7:30-8:00AM
AFP / Civilian Skydiving Exhibition 8:00-8:30AM
Meynard Halili / Bill Wright Aerobatic Air Show 8:30-9:15AM
Helicopter Flight Display 9:15-9:45AM
AOPA-P Light Aircraft Balloon-Bursting Competition 9:45-10:45AM
Philippine Coast Guard Rescue Demonstration 10:45-11:45AM
Airlink/WCC/AAA/Omni/PPA/CA/Orient/Light Airplane Flyby 11:45-12:15PM
Radio-controlled Model Aircraft Demonstration 12:15-12:45PM
Winch-Launched Glider Demonstration 12:45-1:30PM
Kite Flying Exhibition 1:30-2:00PM
AOPA-P Light Aircraft Balloon-Bursting Competition 2:00-2:45PM
AFP / Civilian Skydiving Exhibition 2:45-3:15PM
CIAC Fire-fighting Demonstration 3:15-3:45PM
Bill Wright / Meynard Halili Aerobatic Air Show 3:45-4:15PM
ACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights 4:15-4:30PM
PHILSCA Rocketry Demonstration 4:30-5:00PM
Philippines/Thailand/Malaysia/Indonesia/UK Paragliding Exhibition 5:00-5:30PM
Hot Air Balloon Night Glow 5:30-6:00PM

Feb 14 – Day 04

Philippine Army Flag Jump 5:20-5:30AM
Hot Air Balloon Flights 5:30-7:00AM
Candaba Birds Fly-in 6:00AM
Philippines/Thailand/Malaysia/Indonesia/UK Paragliding Exhibition 7:00-7:30AM
ACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights & Flour Bombing 7:30-8:00AM
SIL Helio Courier Short Takeoff and Landing Demonstration 8:00-8:30AM
Meynard Halili / Bill Wright Aerobatic Air Show 8:30-9:15AM
Philippine Coast Guard Rescue Demonstration 9:15-10:00AM
AOPA-P Light Aircraft Balloon-Bursting Competition 10:00-11:00AM
CIAC Fire-Fighting Demonstration 11:00-11:30AM
Pilot Proficiency Events Awarding Ceremonies 11:30-11:45PM
Radio-controlled Model Aircraft Demonstration 11:45-12:00NN
Winch-Launched Glider Demonstration 12:00-12:30PM
AFP / Civilian Skydiving Exhibition 12:30-1:00PM
Airlink/WCC/AAA/Omni/PPA/CA/Orient/Light Airplane Flyby 1:00-1:30PM
Kite Flying Exhibition 1:30-2:30PM
Valentine’s Day Flower and Candy Drop 3:00-3:15PM
AFP / Civilian Skydiving Exhibition 3:15-3:45PM
ACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights 3:45-4:15PM
Meynard Halili / Bill Wright Aerobatic Air Show 4:15-5:00PM
Philippines/Thailand/Malaysia/Indonesia/UK Paragliding Exhibition 5:00-5:30PM
Hot Air Balloon Valentine’s Night Glow 5:30-7:30PM
Valentine’s Day Fireworks 8:00PM

(as posted in http://www.philballoonfest.net/attractions/event-schedule.html; Program subject to change without prior notice)

Tickets
One day entrance tickets worth PhP 150 per person will be available at the event entrance. For pre-orders call +632-384-0085 and +63927-340-4994.

You could also purchase tickets at TicketNet and Recreational Outdoor eXchange (ROX) at Bonifacio High Street.

Hotel Listings
Check out www.clark.com.ph or www.clarksubicmarketing.com for hotel listings as many hotels are around rhe area.

Parking
Parking spaces are located near the entrance gate

15th Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2010

15th Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2010

Other Activities

Ride the Baloons
On a first-come-first-served basis, visitors can have a baloon ride for US$150. Look for the Information Booth.

Ramp Tour
You could have a ramp tour where the balloon fiesta allows you to go around the active flight line and possibly have a closer look at the aircraft pilots and ground crew.

Aviation Awards
The 15th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will also recognizing a number of outstanding figures from the aerospace industry who made admirable contribution in flying and service for the year 2009. The awarding ceremony will be held on the night of February 13.

Others
Activities like R/C Modelling, Flightline Tours, Kite Flying, Paragliding, Skydiving, and Ultralights are also available for the more adventurous.

Calrk Map - Hot Air Balloon

Calrk Map - Hot Air Balloon

Going to Clark Freeport Zone by Car

Also known as the Clark Special Economic Zone, take the North Luzon Expressway from Manila and exit to Dau, Mabalacat. Turn left to Angeles City after the exit. Make a right turn to the Clark Freeport Zone. Proceed along Manuel Roxas Highway and turn right. You should reach the place in 2 hrs from Manila, Philippines.

Warning: With an event as big as the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, expect some traffic.

Going to Clark via Public Transportation

1) Take Victory Liner to Dagupan and go down at the Dau common terminal
2) Take Philippine Rabbit to Angeles, Pampanga via Dau.

From Dau bus terminal, look for jeepneys or tricycles nearby the highway going to Clark gate. Take another jeepney at the Clark gate terminal that can take you to the fiesta grounds.

Map
Click for Google Map here

Promotional video from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI6zDEIvZuU

For more inquiries, call 833-3264 or email info@asiaairsafari.com

The 15th Hot Air Balloon Festival 2010 is a joint project of the Philippine Hot Air Balloon Company headed by Captain Joy Roa, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and Clark International Airport. Indeed, it would be another weekend of everything that flies. :)

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