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

Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017
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21st Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017 Schedule of Activities, Ticket Prices, Travel Tips and More..

It’s going to be a colorful sky fest of hot air balloons as the 21st Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017 kicks off at Clark, Pampanga. This yearly event will be celebrated from February 9 to 12, each day packed with sky high and ground based activities designed for all members of the family. A popular event, the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is known for drawing in thousands of spectators and participants, both domestic and foreign alike.

Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017
Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017

Here’s what you should know about this event:

Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017 Schedule of Activities

Final Daily Schedule, February 9 to 12

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FIRST HOT AIR BALLOON FIESTA DAY
February 9, 2017 (Thurs)
6:10- 6:35 AM Skydiving Philippine Flag jump
6:40- 7:40 AM Hare and Hound Hot Air Balloon flight
7:30- 8:00 AM Twinz Synchronized Paramotor Exhibition
8:00- 8:30 AM PPHGA Tandem Paragliding
8:30- 9:30 AM ACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights and Flour Bombing
9:30- 10:30 AM Drifting by Auto Craft and Race Car Performance by FFG All Stars
10:30-10:45 AM Sean Clarke Super Decathlon Aerobatic Show
10:45-11:00 AM Former British Red Devils Sky Diving Exhibition
11:00-11:30 AM Model Airplane Show
11:30-12:30 AM Gen Av Light Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition
12:30-12:45 PM Former British Red Devils Skydiving Exhibition
12:45-1:15 PM Omni & Air Link Fly By
1:15-1:30 PM Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration
1:30- 2:00 PM KAP Kite Flying Exhibition
2:00- 2:30 PM Drifting by Auto Craft and Race Car Performance by FFG All Stars
2:30- 3:00 PM Model Airplane Show
3:00- 4:00 PM ACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights and Flour Bombing
4:00- 4:15 PM Helicopter Flight Display by Jacob Cusi and Company
4:15- 4:30 PM Sean Clarke Super Decathlon Aerobatic Show
4:30- 4:45 PM Former British Red Devils Skydiving Exhibition
4:45- 5:30 PM PPHGA Tandem Paragliding
5:30- 6:00 PM Twinz Paramotor Light Show
6:00- 6:30 PM Hot Air Balloon Fly-In
6:30- 7:00 PM Drone Racing
SECOND Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta Day
February 10, 2017 (Fri)
5:30- 6:15 AM Twinz Paramotor Light Show by Anthony & Timothy Green
6:20- 6:35 AM Skydiving Philippine Flag jump
6:40- 7:40 AM Hare and Hound Hot Air Balloon Flight
7:30- 8:00 AM Twinz Synchronized Paramotor Exhibition
8:00- 8:30 AM PPHGA Tandem Paragliding
8:30- 8:45 AM Sean Clarke Super Decathlon Aerobatic Show
8:45- 9:00 AM Former British Red Devils Skydiving Exhibition
9:00-10:00 AM ACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights and Flour Bombing
9:30- 10:00 AM Drifting by Auto Craft and Race Car Performance by FFG All Stars
10:00- 10:30 AM Model Airplane Show
10:30- 11:30 AM Gen Av Light Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition
11:30- 12:00 AM Drifting by Autocraft and Race Car Performance by FFG All Stars
12:00- 12:30 PM KAP Kite Flying Exhibtion
12:30- 1:00 PM Aerobatic Glider Flight Performance
1:00- 2:00 PM Gen Av Light Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition
2:00- 2:15 PM Former British Red Devils Skydiving Exhibition
2:15- 2:30 PM Sean Clarke Super Decathlon Aerobatic Show
2:30- 3:15 PM ACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flight
3:15- 3:45 PM Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration
3:45- 4:00 PM Helicopter Flight Display by Jacob Cusi and Company
4:00- 4:30 PM Model Airplane Show
4:30- 5:30 PM PPHGA Tandem Paragliding
5:30- 6:00 PM Twinz Paramotor Light Show by Anthony and Timothy Green
6:00- 6:30 PM Hot Air Balloon Fly-In
6:30- 7:00 PM Drone Racing
THIRD FIESTA DAY
February 11, 2017 (Sat)
5:30- 6:15 AM Twinz Paramotor Light Show by Anthony & Timothy Green
6:20- 6:35 AM Skydiving Philippine Flag jump
6:40- 7:40 AM Hare and Hound Hot Air Balloon Flights
7:30- 8:00 AM Twinz Synchronized Paramotor Exhibition
8:00- 9:00 AM PPHGA Tandem Paragliding
9:00- 9:30 AM Model Airplane Show
9:30 – 9:45 AM Sean Clarke Super Decathlon Aerobatic Show
9:45-10:00 AM Former British Red Devils Skydiving Exhibition
10:00-11:00 AM ACFC Ultralight/Microlight aircraft formation flights and flour bombing
10:15-10:45 AM Drifting by AutoCraft and Race Car Performance by FFG All Stars
11:00-11:30 AM Helicopter flight Display by Jacob Cusi and Company
11:30- 12:00 PM Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration
12:00- 12:30 PM KAP Kite Flying Demonstration
12:30- 1:00 PM Omni & Air Link Fly By
1:00- 1:30 PM Aerobatic Glider Flight Performance
1:30- 2:00 PM Private Aircraft Flyby by Former US Marine Pilot Robert T. Wagner, Call Sign “Preacher”
2:00- 3:00 PM Model Airplane Show
2:30- 3:30 PM Gen Av Light Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition
3:30- 3:45 PM ACFC Ultralight / Microlight aircraft formation flights
3:45- 4:00 PM Former British Red Devils Skydiving Exhibition
4:00- 4:15 PM Sean Clarke Super Decathlon Aerobatic Show
4:15- 5:15 PM PPHGA Tandem Paragliding
5:15- 6:00 PM Twinz Paramotor Light Show
6:00- 7:00 PM Hot Air Balloon Night Glow
6:00- 9:00 PM ABS-CBN Concert
7:00- 7:30 PM Drone Racing
FOURTH FIESTA DAY
February 12, 2017 (Sun)
5:30- 6:15 AM Twinz Paramotor Light Show by Anthony and Timothy Green
6:20- 6:35 AM Skydiving Philippine Flag jump
6:40- 7:40 AM Hare and Hound Hot Air Balloon Flights
7:40- 8:15 AM Twinz Synchronized Paramotor Exhibition
8:15- 3:45 AM PPHGA Tandem Paragliding
8:45- 9:30 AM ACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights and Flour Bombing
9:00- 9:30 AM Drifting by AutoCraft and Race Car Performance by FFG All Stars
9:30- 9:45 AM Sean Clarke Super Decathlon Aerobatic Show
9:45- 10:00 AM Former British Red Devils Skydiving Exhibition
10:00- 10:45 AM Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration
10:45- 11:15 AM Gen Av Light Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition
11:15- 12:00 PM Drifting by Auto Craft and Race Car Performance by FFG All Stars
12:00- 12:30 PM Aerobatic Glider Flight Performance
12:30- 1:30 PM Omni & Air Link Fly By
1:30- 2:00 PM KAP Flying Exhibition
2:00- 2:30 PM Model Airplane Show
2:30- 2:45 PM Former British Red Devils Skydiving Exhibition
2:45- 3:00 PM Helicopter Display Show by Jacob Cusi and Company
3:00- 3:15 PM Sean Clarke Super Decathlon Aerobatic Show
3:15- 3:45 PM Model Airplane Show
3:45- 4:15 PM ACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights
4:15- 5:15 PM PPHGA Tandem Paragliding
5:15- 5:45 PM Twinz Paramotor Light Show
5:45- 7:00 PM Hot Air Balloon Night Glow
6:00- 7:00 PM Cultural Exchange Concert
7:00- 7:30 PM Fireworks

Hot Air Balloon Ticket holders can enjoy the location, partake of the food, and take as many selfies as they want. There are also booths for Oculus Archery, Zoocobia, and a chance to fly your own kites.

Those who signed up for other activities such as paragliding and skydiving will be given the opportunity to make use of their tickets. Other visual sky activities include dancing kites, radio-controlled aircrafts, more.

2017 Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
2017 Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

How to get to the 2017 Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta Venue?

  • Starting from Metro Manila, guests are advised to take the bus going north and get off at Pampanga, Dau Terminal, Mabalacat. You may choose from different common carriers such as Victory Line and Philtranco. The fare is PHP200.
  • From Dau, you can ride a jeepney that will take you to the Clark Main Gate which should cost just PHP8.
  • From the Main Gate, you can take another jeepney to the main site for PHP10.

You can also hire a private car which can take you directly to the site. The drive will take about 1.5 hours. Here’s how to get there:

  • Drive on the North Luzon Expressway
  • Exit at Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga.
  • Take a left turn to Angeles City
  • Take a right turn to Clark Zone
2017 Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival
2017 Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival Photo credit: mayrpamintuan / CC BY-ND

Where to Park Private Vehicles?

The event coordinators will provide ample space for private car parking. Those who will bring their private cars are advised to make sure that the car is locked and that no valuables are kept inside. Please take note of where you parked your car as the space can be filled up after a few hours. Arriving early will give you the chance to pick the best parking spaces.

Midori Clark Hotel Deluxe Room
Midori Clark Hotel Deluxe Room

Where to stay in Clark Pampanga (or near Clark) during the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival 2017?

There are numerous hotels available near Clark where you can stay. Since the tickets are on a per-day basis, individuals can make a round trip for the event. If you really want to enjoy the Festival, however, it would be best to spend the night in Clark. Some hotels you can check out include the Midori Clark Hotel, Central Park Tower Resort and Widus Resort and Casino. Please reserve room weeks in advance since the rooms may be filled to capacity nearing the day of the event.

2017 Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Clark Pampanga
2017 Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Clark Pampanga

Can we camp at the Hot Air Balloon Site?

Camping is not allowed within the area. All guests are advised to seek accommodations in nearby hotels or pension houses. 

CLASSIC. Kapamgpangan heritage chef Ms. Atching Lilian Borromero showcased her classic sisig---the typical sisig before the boom of Aling Lucing's sizzling sisig, during the Sisig Fiesta of Angeles City last April 22. Classic sisig is relatively simple, being made of minced pig face meat and ears, then doused in vinegar and calamansi juice. The dish is similar to ceviche/ (kinilaw).
CLASSIC. Kapamgpangan heritage chef Ms. Atching Lilian Borromero showcased her classic sisig—the typical sisig before the boom of Aling Lucing’s sizzling sisig, during the Sisig Fiesta of Angeles City last April 22. Classic sisig is relatively simple, being made of minced pig face meat and ears, then doused in vinegar and calamansi juice. The dish is similar to ceviche/ (kinilaw).

Where to eat during Hot Air Balloon Festival?

There are numerous booths set up within the Festival site where guests can purchase food and eat it at their leisure. With the event starting as early as 5AM, you can be sure that sufficient food is ready to purchase upon arrival. However, you are free to move in and out of the event site to eat in restaurants nearby. Visit these links for some helpful tips:

What kind of security is offered?

Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017 is a well secured event with sufficient personnel tasked to make sure that spectators are given ample protection. Authorities are on standby to ensure that the balloon flights and other activities are done safely to guarantee everyone’s enjoyment. However, guests should be prepared for an inspection each time they enter the gate. At the same time, viewers are advised to keep their valuables close at all times.

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

Can I bring drones?

No. Drones are not allowed at the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017. The area is an active airfield and, thus, drones are not allowed for safety and security purposes. Hoverboards are also not allowed within the gates.

Have Your Prenup Photo Shoot at the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017!

As a special offer, engaged couples can schedule their prenuptial shoots at the event, making use of the hot air balloons as their background for truly amazing shots! This can be done at the event with a special slot for the happy couple.

Hot Air Balloon Fiesta Photo by PhilBAlloonFest.net
Hot Air Balloon Fiesta Photo by PhilBAlloonFest.net

What Tickets Are Available?

There are different ticket types available. The general access gives guests ample opportunity to view the hot air balloons within the area. There’s also the VIP Tickets which give holders the opportunity to enter the hot air balloon patio and view the event from an air-conditioned lounge. There’s also the Hot Air Balloon Ride Tickets which allows holders to ride the sky when the balloons launch off. There are also tickets for skydiving, aircraft flights, and paragliding.

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

How much are the tickets for the 2017 Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta?

Here’s a rundown of the tickets and their prices

  • General Admission – PHP350 per day
  • VIP Passes – PHP 6,000 per day
  • Hot Air Balloon Rides – US$ 350 per ride
  • Tandem Skydiving – US$ 400 per ride
  • Aerobatic Flights – US$ 400 per flight
  • Airplane Discovery Flights – US$ 150 per flight
  • Tandem Paragliding – US$ 150 per flight

Are There Discounts?

Children under 3 feet can enter for free. However, children about such height must be paid for at full price. Senior citizens will enjoy a 20% discount upon presenting of their senior citizen ID. However, this means that they have to purchase their ticket at the gate.

Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017
Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017 Photo credit: a4gpa / CC BY-SA

Where to Buy Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017 Tickets

You may purchase tickets from the gate or buy them online at philbaloonfest.net using your Credit Card or PayPal. There’s also an office at Air Ads Hangar, Andrews Avenue, Pasay City where tickets can be purchased. You can contact them through 851-2450. Selected TicketNet outles and TicketNet Online also sells Hot Air Balloon tickets.

Also See: Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018 Official Schedule of Activities

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