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Get an Early Valentines Treat At The 22nd Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018

Every year, thousands of guests attend the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. [Image Credit: Philippines Hot Air Balloon Fiesta]
Every year, thousands of guests attend the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. [Image Credit: Philippines Hot Air Balloon Fiesta]

  • The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is one of the biggest festivals in the Philippines.

  • Couples, families, and friends gather in Clark Freeport to watch colorful balloons in the sky.

  • This year, there are more activities for the attendees to enjoy.

If you have not experienced attending the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in the Clark Freeport Zone, you should see it this year. The Hot Air Balloon festival is an exciting pre-valentines trip not just for couples but also for families and friends.

The PIHABF is in Angeles City, Pampanga. It is the longest-running sports aviation event in Asia. Spectators, enthusiasts, and aviators from different parts of the world gather to participate in this four-day event of non-stop flying exhibitions.

Enjoy watching colorful hot air balloons up in the sky. [Image Credit: Philippines Hot Air Balloon Fiesta]
Enjoy watching colorful hot air balloons up in the sky. [Image Credit: Philippines Hot Air Balloon Fiesta]

When Will It Be Celebrated This Year?

The four-day event will surely amaze your eyes as colorful hot air balloons in different sizes, shapes, and designs fill the sky with color.


This year’s Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta: A Weekend of Everything That Flies will be on February 8 to 11 at the Omni Aviation Complex, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.

Experience fun and exciting activities as you take selfies as much as you want while enjoying the foods and the booths. There are also other activities such as paragliding, skydiving, radio-controlled aircrafts, kite flying and a lot more.

There are more exciting activities this year. [Image Credit: Philippines Hot Air Balloon Fiesta]
There are more exciting activities this year. [Image Credit: Philippines Hot Air Balloon Fiesta]

Things to Remember

Since this festival is quite popular for people of all ages, going to the day itself can be tiring and stressful. It is best to go to the event ahead of time. Other than the long traffic queue, riding a transportation going to Clark Freeport Zone can be tricky too.

Since the gates are open as early as 4 a.m., try and go to the venue at least a few hours before. If you are coming from Metro Manila, you can take a bus going to the north and get off at the Dau, Pampanga Terminal. From Dau, you can ride a jeepney that will take you to the main gate of Clark. Ride another jeepney from the main gate to the venue itself.

If you are bringing your own car or using a rented one, the travel time can be shorter. Take the NLEX route and exit at Dau. From there, turn left going to Angeles City and turn right to reach Clark Zone.

Make sure to get your tickets in advance. [Image Credit: Philippines Hot Air Balloon Fiesta]
Make sure to get your tickets in advance. [Image Credit: Philippines Hot Air Balloon Fiesta]

If you have enough budget to cover accommodation for you and your loved ones, you can also book a hotel near the venue. You may check Out of Town Blog’s comprehensive list of the accommodations.

How Much Are the Tickets?

You may purchase your tickets online or during the event itself. The general admission ticket costs PHP 500 per person. You may also call the Air Ads Hangar Office at (02) 851-2450. Other tickets that you can purchase are as follows (these rides do not cover the PHP500 entrance fee):

  • VIP Passes – PHP 6,000 per person
  • Hot Air Balloon Rides – $350 per ride per person
  • Tandem Skydiving – $400 per ride per person
  • Airplane Discovery Flights – $150 per flight per person
  • Tandem Paragliding – $150 per flight per person.

 

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Written by Kristina Suarez

Kristina is a freelance writer and author of "My Thrifty Thoughts." She loves random weekend trips, coffee, toys, and spas. Guided by her mantra "chill and travel," she enjoys unplanned escapades without compromising leisure and budget. Her free hours are spent reading books, watching dramas and movies, doing toy reviews or thinking about her next travel destination.

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