Are you ready for the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2016?

Now on its 20th year, the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2016 is back for another super fun weekend of everything that flies!

Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2016
Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2016

This longest-running sports and aviation festivity will not just showcase a wide array of Hot Air Balloons from different parts of the world, there will also be exhibitions of different aviation disciplines, including aerobatics, skydiving, paragliding, remote control aircraft, and kite flying. Hot Air balloons from the Philippines and other countries will fly high in the early morning, and illuminate the evenings.


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Balloon Fiesta Philippine Flag
Balloon Fiesta Philippine Flag

We are still waiting for the official schedule of activities but the exact dates of the event was already announced. Mark your calendar and plan your trip to Clark Pampanga this February 11-14, 2016.

Official Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2016 Schedule of Activities

Hot Air Balloon Festival Schedule may change without prior notice, as flying activities are dependent on wind conditions. 

FIRST FIESTA DAY
February 11, 2016 (Thurs)
5:30- 6:15 AM RC UFO Flying
6:20- 6:35 AM Skydiving Philippine Flag jump
6:35- 6:40 AM PAF S211 Highspeed Opener
6:40- 7:40 AM Hare and Hound Hot Air Balloon flight
7:30- 8:00 AM Motorized Paragliding Exhibition
8:00- 8:30 AM Twinz Acrobatic Paragliders
8:30- 9:15 AM ACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights and Flour Bombing
8:30- 9:15 AM Car Drifting with Flour Bombing
9:15- 9:30 AM PAF FA50 Fighter Jet Flyby
9:30-9:45 AM Sean Clarke Super Decathlon Aerobatic Show
9:45-10:00 AM Mike Schemm PT13 Stearman Aerobatic Maneuvers
10:00-10:15 AM British Sky Diving Exhibition
10:15-11:00 AM Aircraft Radio Control Aerobatics show
11:00-12:00 PM Gen Av Light Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition
12:00-12:15 PM British Skydiving Exhibition
12:15- 1:15 PM Flight Schools Fly By
1:15- 1:45 PM KAP/ KTP Kite Flying Exhibition
1:45- 2:15 PM Car Drifting Display
2:15- 3:15 PM Aircraft Radio Control Aerobatics show
3:15- 4:15 PM ACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights and Flour Bombing
3:15- 4:15 PM Car Drifting Display
4:15- 4:30 PM Helicopter Flight Display
4:30- 4:45 PM Sean Clarke Super Decathlon Aerobatic Show
4:45- 5:00 PM British Skydiving Exhibition
5:00- 5:20 PM Twinz Acrobatic Paragliders
5:20- 5:45 PM Motorized Paragliding Exhibition
5:45- 6:00 PM Hot Air Balloon Fly-In
SECOND FIESTA DAY
February 12, 2016 (Fri)
5:30- 6:15 AM RC UFO Flying
6:20- 6:35 AM Skydiving Philippine Flag jump
6:35- 6:40 AM PAF S211 Highspeed Opener
6:40- 7:40 AM Hare and Hound Hot Air Balloon Flight
7:15- 7:40 AM Motorized Paragliding Exhibition
7:40- 8:00 AM Twinz Acrobatic Paragliders
8:00- 8:15 AM PAF FA50 Fighter Jet Flyby
8:15- 8:30 AM Sean Clarke Super Decathlon Aerobatic Show
8:30- 8:45 AM Mike Schemm PT13 Stearman Aerobatic Maneuvers
8:45- 9:00 AM British Sky Diving Exhibition
9:00-10:00 AM ACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights and Flour Bombing
9:30- 10:00 AM Car Drifting With Flour Bombing
10:00- 11:00 AM Aircraft Radio Control Aerobatic Show
11:00- 12:00 PM Gen Av Light Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition
12:00- 12:30 PM Car Drifting Display
12:30- 1:00 PM KAP / KTP Kite Flying Exhibtion
1:00- 1:30 PM Rolf Dunder Aerobatic Glider Flight
1:30- 2:00 PM Twinz Acrobatic Paragliders
2:00- 3:00 PM Gen Av Light Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition
3:00- 3:15 PM British Skydiving Exhibition
3:15- 3:30 PM Sean Clarke Super Decathlon Aerobatic Show
3:30- 4:45 PM ACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flight
4:45- 5:00 PM Helicopter Flight Display
5:00- 5:30 PM Radio-controlled Jet Turbine Model Aircraft Demonstration
5:30- 6:00 PM Motorized Paragliding Exhibition
6:00- 6:30 PM Hot Air Balloon Fly-In
THIRD FIESTA DAY
February 13, 2016 (Sat)
5:30- 6:15 AM RC UFO Flying
6:20- 6:35 AM Skydiving Philippine Flag jump
6:35- 6:40 AM PAF S211 Highspeed Opener
6:40- 7:40 AM Hare and Hound Hot Air Balloon Flights
7:30- 7:45 AM Motorized Paragliding Exhibition
7:45- 8:15 AM Twinz Acrobatic Paragliders
8:15- 9:15 AM ACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights and Flour Bombing
9:15- 9:30 AM PAF FA50 Fighter Jet Flyby
9:30 – 9:45 AM Sean Clarke Super Decathlon Aerobatic Show
9:45-10:00 AM British Sky Diving Exhibition
10:00-11:00 AM Aircraft Radio Control Aerobatics Show
10:15-10:45 AM Car Drifting with Flour Bombing
11:00-11:30 AM Helicopter flight display
11:30- 12:00 PM Philippine Coast Guard Rescue Demonstration
12:00- 12:30 PM KAP / KTP Kite Flying Demonstration
12:30- 1:00 PM Flight Schools Flyby
1:00- 1:30 PM Rolf Dunder Aerobatic Glider flight
1:30- 2:00 PM Private Aircraft Flyby
2:00- 3:00 PM Radio-controlled Jet Turbine Model Aircraft Demonstration
3:00- 3:30 PM Twinz Acrobatic Paragliders
3:30- 4:15 PM Gen Av Light Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition
4:15- 4:30 PM Mike Schemm PT13 Stearman Fly By and Aerobatic Maneuvers
4:30- 4:45 PM British Sky Diving Exhibition
4:45- 5:00 PM Sean Clarke Super Decathlon Aerobatic Show
5:00- 5:30 PM ACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights and Flour Bombing
5:30- 5:50 PM Twinz Acrobatic Paragliders
5:50- 6:15 PM Motorized Paragliding Exhibition
6:00- 9:00 PM ABS-CBN Jeepney TV Valentines Show
7:30- 8:00 PM Hot Air Balloon Night Glow
FOURTH FIESTA DAY
February 14, 2016 (Sun)
5:30- 6:15 AM RC UFO Flying
6:20- 6:35 AM Skydiving Philippine Flag jump
6:35- 6:40 AM PAF S211 Highspeed Opener
6:40- 7:40 AM Hare and Hound Hot Air Balloon Flights
7:20- 7:40 AM Motorized Paragliding Exhibition
7:40- 8:00 AM Twinz Acrobatic Paragliders
8:00- 8:15 AM PAF FA50 Fighter Jet Flyby
8:15- 9:00 AM ACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights and Flour Bombing
8:15- 8:45 AM Car Drifting with Flour Bombing
9:00- 9:15 AM Mike Schemm PT13 Stearman Aerobatic Show
9:15- 9:30 AM Sean Clarke Super Decathlon Aerobatic Show
9:30- 9:45 AM British Skydiving Exhibition
9:45- 10:15 AM Philippine Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Demo
10:15- 11:15 AM Gen Av Light Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition
11:15- 12:00 PM Car Drifting Demonstration
12:00- 12:30 PM Rolf Dunder Aerobatic Glider Flight
12:30- 1:30 PM Flight Schools Flyby
1:30- 2:00 PM KAP / KTP Flying Exhibition
2:00- 2:45 PM Aircraft Remote Control Aerobatics show
2:45- 3:00 PM British Sky Diving Exhibition
3:00- 3:15 PM Helicopter Display Show
3:15- 3:30 PM Sean Clarke Super Decathlon Aerobatic Show
3:30- 4:00 PM Twinz Acrobatic Paragliders
4:00- 4:30 PM Radio-controlled Jet Turbine Model Aircraft Exhibition
4:30- 5:15 PM ACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights
5:15- 5:45 PM Twinz Acrobatic Paragliders
5:45- 6:00 PM Motorized Paragliding Exhibition
5:45- 7:00 PM Hot Air Balloon Night Glow
7:00- 7:30 PM Fireworks
7:30 PM Crew and Awards Night Party
Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Places to Eat near the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta Venue?

Festival goers are allowed to bring food and non-alcoholic drinks into the fiesta venue, except for bottled drinks. Food and refreshments are also sold around the fiesta venue in the concessionaire tents and food booths.

Flying during Clark Hot Air Balloon Festival
Flying during Clark Hot Air Balloon Festival

If you prefer to eat outside the vicinity, check out these options:

Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Clark Pampanga
Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Clark Pampanga

What time should I be at the fiesta venue?

The fiesta gates open at 5 AM. Please check the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2016 Official Program Schedule to be released soon, and be there at least 30 minutes before the scheduled event you want to get a better vantage point.

Where can I park my car?

There will be parking lots available near the festival area. There are also parking attendants to assist you during the event. Parking spaces for the handicapped are also available.

Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta photo by Balloonteam.net
Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta photo by Balloonteam.net

How do I get a Photographer’s / Media pass?

Photographer’s passes are only issued to accredited publications and official media partners of the event. Please see the Media Guidelines.

RC aircraft during the Hot Air Balloon Festival
RC aircraft during the Hot Air Balloon Festival

How much are the tickets for the 2016 Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta?

Watch this year’s aerobatic exhibitions, experience a hot air balloon ride, skydive, ride a plane, or paraglide! Visit the online ticketing portal to reserve your tickets for the Hot Air Balloon Festival.

  • General Admission PhP 350
  • VIP Passes PhP 6,000
  • Hot Air Balloon Rides US$ 350
  • Tandem Skydiving US$ 400
  • Airplane Discovery Flights US$ 120
  • Tandem Paragliding US$ 150

Hot Air Balloon Fiesta General Admission tickets are at PhP 350 per person, good for 1 day access at the festival ground. Get your tickets at PIHABF offices at the Air Ads Hangar, Andrews Avenue, Pasay City, or through the online ticketing portal. Tickets will also be available at the Fiesta entrance in Clark. Gates and ticketing counters will be open daily.

You can also purchase VIP tickets to get the following perks!

  • Priority Entrance
  • Complimentary use of the Balloon Launch Patio
  • Air-Conditioned Lounge
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Lunch buffet
  • Afternoon high tea
  • Complimentary snacks & beverages

Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta VIP tickets must be purchased in advance from our offices at the the Air Ads Hangar, or through the online ticketing portal.

Hot Air Balloon Festival Tickets are now available at the following SM TicketNet Outlets:

SM AURA
Basement 1, SM Aura Premier
Contact Nos. 8085416

SM FAIRVIEW
Upper Ground Floor inside Department Store Near Counter 10
Contact Nos. 9395010/9392001

SM MAKATI
3rd Floor Concierge Hallway. (near Ideal Vision)
Contact Nos. 810-7777 / 867-4298

SM MALL OF ASIA
2nd Level, South Wing, Business Center (outside), Central Business Park
Contact Nos. 5514301 to 05

SM MANILA
3rd Level, Department Store, Behind Cashier 21
Contact Nos. 5236691 and 5236855

SM MARIKINA
3rd Floor The SM Store – Customer Service
Contact Nos. 4771727 to 30

SM MEGAMALL
2rd Level, Department Store – Bldg. B
Contact Nos. 6335012 to 18

SM NORTH EDSA
Ground  Floor, Department Store
Contact Nos. 9269002 to 08 /9224374/ 9264787

SM SAN LAZARO
LGF, Business Center, beside escalator
Contact Nos. (02) 812-5887

SM SOUTH MALL
Ground Level, SM Bills Payment Counter, Back of Cashier 15
Contact Nos. 8000427 to 34

SM STA. MESA
3rd Level, Business Center, West Wing (Urban Concepts)
Contact No. 7150651 to 53

Get updates on schedules and activities in store by liking the PIHABF official Facebook Page and visiting www.philballoonfest.net.

Darth Vader Hot Air Balloons - More fun in the Philippines
Darth Vader Hot Air Balloons – More fun in the Philippines

How to get there

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.

Via Car

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 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.

Where to Stay in Clark Pampanga (or near Clark) during the Hot Air Balloon Festival?

Here’s a short video about the upcoming event :

The 2016 Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is made possible by The Philippine Army, The Philippine Air Force, The Philippine Navy, The Philippine Bases Conversion and Development Authority, Clark Freeport, Clark International Airport, Department of Tourism, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Department of Finance, Clark Electric, Clark Water, Hotdog on Sticks, CDO Bibbo Hotdog, Paracetamol Tempra, Bonamine, Flanax, Sharpie, Mongol, Prudential Guarantee, AVIS, Chevrolet, Isla LPG, ABS-CBN, Jeepney TV, 97.9 Home Radio Natural, DWIZ, 882 AM, Crossover 105.1, Business Mirror, Malaya Business Insights, TV 100, Travel Now, megstreetwear.ph, Philippine Inquirer, Medical City, Segway, SM Clark, YKL Colors, and FujiFilm.

Are you visiting Clark for the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2016? Share your thoughts below!

Also Read: 21st Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017 Schedule of Activities

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  1. there is an additional charge when we buy online and on SM ticket outlets.. but, I think if we will buy on the entrance gate on the day of the event, there is no additional charge, right?

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