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

Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017

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

FIRST HOT AIR BALLOON FIESTA DAY
February 9, 2017 (Thurs)
6:10- 6:35 AMSkydiving Philippine Flag jump
6:40- 7:40 AMHare and Hound Hot Air Balloon flight
7:30- 8:00 AMTwinz Synchronized Paramotor Exhibition
8:00- 8:30 AMPPHGA Tandem Paragliding
8:30- 9:30 AMACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights and Flour Bombing
9:30- 10:30 AMDrifting by Auto Craft and Race Car Performance by FFG All Stars
10:30-10:45 AMSean Clarke Super Decathlon Aerobatic Show
10:45-11:00 AMFormer British Red Devils Sky Diving Exhibition
11:00-11:30 AMModel Airplane Show
11:30-12:30 AMGen Av Light Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition
12:30-12:45 PMFormer British Red Devils Skydiving Exhibition
12:45-1:15 PMOmni & Air Link Fly By
1:15-1:30 PMCoast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration
1:30- 2:00 PMKAP Kite Flying Exhibition
2:00- 2:30 PMDrifting by Auto Craft and Race Car Performance by FFG All Stars
2:30- 3:00 PMModel Airplane Show
3:00- 4:00 PMACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights and Flour Bombing
4:00- 4:15 PMHelicopter Flight Display by Jacob Cusi and Company
4:15- 4:30 PMSean Clarke Super Decathlon Aerobatic Show
4:30- 4:45 PMFormer British Red Devils Skydiving Exhibition
4:45- 5:30 PMPPHGA Tandem Paragliding
5:30- 6:00 PMTwinz Paramotor Light Show
6:00- 6:30 PMHot Air Balloon Fly-In
6:30- 7:00 PMDrone Racing
SECOND Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta Day
February 10, 2017 (Fri)
5:30- 6:15 AMTwinz Paramotor Light Show by Anthony & Timothy Green
6:20- 6:35 AMSkydiving Philippine Flag jump
6:40- 7:40 AMHare and Hound Hot Air Balloon Flight
7:30- 8:00 AMTwinz Synchronized Paramotor Exhibition
8:00- 8:30 AMPPHGA Tandem Paragliding
8:30- 8:45 AMSean Clarke Super Decathlon Aerobatic Show
8:45- 9:00 AMFormer British Red Devils Skydiving Exhibition
9:00-10:00 AMACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights and Flour Bombing
9:30- 10:00 AMDrifting by Auto Craft and Race Car Performance by FFG All Stars
10:00- 10:30 AMModel Airplane Show
10:30- 11:30 AMGen Av Light Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition
11:30- 12:00 AMDrifting by Autocraft and Race Car Performance by FFG All Stars
12:00- 12:30 PMKAP Kite Flying Exhibtion
12:30- 1:00 PMAerobatic Glider Flight Performance
1:00- 2:00 PMGen Av Light Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition
2:00- 2:15 PMFormer British Red Devils Skydiving Exhibition
2:15- 2:30 PMSean Clarke Super Decathlon Aerobatic Show
2:30- 3:15 PMACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flight
3:15- 3:45 PMCoast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration
3:45- 4:00 PMHelicopter Flight Display by Jacob Cusi and Company
4:00- 4:30 PMModel Airplane Show
4:30- 5:30 PMPPHGA Tandem Paragliding
5:30- 6:00 PMTwinz Paramotor Light Show by Anthony and Timothy Green
6:00- 6:30 PMHot Air Balloon Fly-In
6:30- 7:00 PMDrone Racing
THIRD FIESTA DAY
February 11, 2017 (Sat)
5:30- 6:15 AMTwinz Paramotor Light Show by Anthony & Timothy Green
6:20- 6:35 AMSkydiving Philippine Flag jump
6:40- 7:40 AMHare and Hound Hot Air Balloon Flights
7:30- 8:00 AMTwinz Synchronized Paramotor Exhibition
8:00- 9:00 AMPPHGA Tandem Paragliding
9:00- 9:30 AMModel Airplane Show
9:30 – 9:45 AMSean Clarke Super Decathlon Aerobatic Show
9:45-10:00 AMFormer British Red Devils Skydiving Exhibition
10:00-11:00 AMACFC Ultralight/Microlight aircraft formation flights and flour bombing
10:15-10:45 AMDrifting by AutoCraft and Race Car Performance by FFG All Stars
11:00-11:30 AMHelicopter flight Display by Jacob Cusi and Company
11:30- 12:00 PMCoast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration
12:00- 12:30 PMKAP Kite Flying Demonstration
12:30- 1:00 PMOmni & Air Link Fly By
1:00- 1:30 PMAerobatic Glider Flight Performance
1:30- 2:00 PMPrivate Aircraft Flyby by Former US Marine Pilot Robert T. Wagner, Call Sign “Preacher”
2:00- 3:00 PMModel Airplane Show
2:30- 3:30 PMGen Av Light Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition
3:30- 3:45 PMACFC Ultralight / Microlight aircraft formation flights
3:45- 4:00 PMFormer British Red Devils Skydiving Exhibition
4:00- 4:15 PMSean Clarke Super Decathlon Aerobatic Show
4:15- 5:15 PMPPHGA Tandem Paragliding
5:15- 6:00 PMTwinz Paramotor Light Show
6:00- 7:00 PMHot Air Balloon Night Glow
6:00- 9:00 PMABS-CBN Concert
7:00- 7:30 PMDrone Racing
FOURTH FIESTA DAY
February 12, 2017 (Sun)
5:30- 6:15 AMTwinz Paramotor Light Show by Anthony and Timothy Green
6:20- 6:35 AMSkydiving Philippine Flag jump
6:40- 7:40 AMHare and Hound Hot Air Balloon Flights
7:40- 8:15 AMTwinz Synchronized Paramotor Exhibition
8:15- 3:45 AMPPHGA Tandem Paragliding
8:45- 9:30 AMACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights and Flour Bombing
9:00- 9:30 AMDrifting by AutoCraft and Race Car Performance by FFG All Stars
9:30- 9:45 AMSean Clarke Super Decathlon Aerobatic Show
9:45- 10:00 AMFormer British Red Devils Skydiving Exhibition
10:00- 10:45 AMCoast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration
10:45- 11:15 AMGen Av Light Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition
11:15- 12:00 PMDrifting by Auto Craft and Race Car Performance by FFG All Stars
12:00- 12:30 PMAerobatic Glider Flight Performance
12:30- 1:30 PMOmni & Air Link Fly By
1:30- 2:00 PMKAP Flying Exhibition
2:00- 2:30 PMModel Airplane Show
2:30- 2:45 PMFormer British Red Devils Skydiving Exhibition
2:45- 3:00 PMHelicopter Display Show by Jacob Cusi and Company
3:00- 3:15 PMSean Clarke Super Decathlon Aerobatic Show
3:15- 3:45 PMModel Airplane Show
3:45- 4:15 PMACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights
4:15- 5:15 PMPPHGA Tandem Paragliding
5:15- 5:45 PMTwinz Paramotor Light Show
5:45- 7:00 PMHot Air Balloon Night Glow
6:00- 7:00 PMCultural Exchange Concert
7:00- 7:30 PMFireworks

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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