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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2017 Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta: Schedule, Activities, Ticket Prices, and How To Get There


The Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is the longest-running sports aviation event in Asia, gathering aviators and spectators from around the world. Expect a weekend of everything that flies - from hot air balloons to aerobatic exhibitions, formation flying to radio-controlled aircraft, paragliding, skydiving, and dozens of on-ground activities.
photo grabbed from http://www.philballoonfest.net/

The 21st Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is happening February 9-12, 2017 at Clark Pampanga. (Rumor has it that this could be the last Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta due to government plans of using Clark Pampanga as our main airport for international flights).

Ticket Price: 
General Admission = Php350/person
Tickets are available through Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta online ticketing portal, SM Ticketnet, event's gate, and Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta offices at Air Ads Hangar in Pasay City.

Entrance is free for children below 3 feet. Paylesser by bringing your IDs; senior citizens are entitled for 20% discount.

VIP Passes = Php6000/person
VIP Passes are inclusive of the ff: priority entrance to the fiesta, complimentary use of the Balloon Launch Patio, access to the air conditioned lounge and toilet, breakfast & lunch buffets, and afternoon high tea.

How to Get There:
Clark Pampanga is approximately 80 km from Manila.

via Public Transpo (a.k.a. Commute)
Take a bus bound for Dau Pampanga. At Dau, take a cab/jeepney/tricycle to Clark Gate. From Clark Gate, take a jeepney to the Balloon Fiesta.

via Private Car
NLEX-DAU
Take NLEX and exit at Dau, Mabalacat City, Pampanga. After the exit, turn left towards Angeles City and another easy right turn into Clark Zone itself.

NLEX-SCTEX
Take NLEX and continue past Dau Toll Plaza - do  not take the Dau Exit. Pull to the right and take the SCTEX on-ramp. From the SCTEX toll booth, take the southbound lane to Clark South Exit. Enter Clark Zone through the Yokohama Complex. At the stoplight, turn right into Roxas HIghway. The Balloon Fiesta will be on your right.

Also, you may hop on to any flights to Pampanga. To book cheaper flights, you may use an Expedia Discount Code

Important Travel Tips:
If you are planning to ride the balloon or to witness the balloon flying and their preps, make sure to be there as early as 4AM. To avoid the hassle, most of the balloon enthusiasts stay in one of nearby hotels in Clark Pampanga. You may use Expedia Promotion Code to avail discounted rates.

(I remember that this is one of the attractions that I missed when I visited Hongkong 2 years ago. A balloon ride giving the visitors a new perspective of the world famous Hongkong skyline). You guys might to try it out here in the Philippines.

For more information, visit http://www.philballoonfest.net/.
  

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