17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta opens on Feb. 9


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If you are in the neighborhood of Clark, Pampanga, from February 9 to 12, then this may be something for you.

The much-awaited Hot Air Balloon Fest is here once again!

The 2012 Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will feature exciting aerial exhibitions including paragliding, skydiving, aerobatic stunts and the most beautiful hot-air balloons from around the world.

From Thursday February 9 to Sunday February 12, two flights per day are scheduled, one at 5:30 am and one at around 5:20 in the afternoon, depending on the weather conditions.

What to bring:

  • sunglasses
  • sunblock
  • wide-brimmed hat
  • umbrella
  • money for food and souvenirs
  • comfortable footwear
  • binoculars
  • hand sanitizer (for after using the portable toilets)
Tips:
  • Come early – the balloons lift off at 5:30am. Consider going to Clark the night before and sleeping over in a hotel. It’s worth it to see the flag jump and balloon launch!
  • Avoid heatstroke! Water and sports drinks are available for reasonable prices from our many concessionaires. Remember, if you feel thirsty, it means you’re already mildly dehydrated.
  • Don’t touch the airplanes! If you break it, you buy it.
  • Stay away from propellers, rotors, and jet engines.
  • Stay out of restricted areas – the US Air Force and AFP are on patrol, and Clark is our most important air base. Obey the rules and report any suspicious activity to our friendly security staff.

Stuff you can do:

  • Watch the all-day aircraft shows
  • Buy and fly a kite
  • Eat big at our concessionaires
  • Grab all sorts of cool souvenirs
  • Look around the various displays
  • Meet and hang out with real live pilots and ground crew
  • Most importantly: have fun! 🙂
2012 PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL HOT AIR BALLOON FIESTA
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
Feb 9 Thursday First Fiesta Day
5.00-5.45 am Philippine Flag jump
5:50-6:00am PAF High Speed Opener and SF260 Fly By
5.45-7.00 am Hot Air Balloon flight
5.45-7.30 am RP / Malaysian / Spain/Australia Paragliding Exhibition
7.30-8.30 am ACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights and Flour Bombing
8.30-9.00 am Meynard Halili  Aerobatic Show
9.00-9.30 am  AFP/PNP/Brunei/Malaysia Sky Diving Exhibition
9.30-9:45 am Radio-controlled model aircraft demonstration
10.00-11.30 am AOPA-P Light aircraft balloon bursting competition
11.30-12.00 nn KAP / KTP Kite Flying Exhibition
12.00-12.30 pm Airlink / WCC / Omni /Aviators/ Alpha flyby
12.30-1.00 pm Radio-Controlled Model Aircraft Demo
1.00-1.30 pm Skydiving and Tandem jumping Exhibition
1.30-2.00 pm Ultralight Flour bombing demonstration
2.00-3.00 pm AOPA-P Light aircraft balloon bursting competition
3.00-3.30 pm FEATI/PHILSCA Rocketry Demonstration
4:00-4:30 pm Philippine Air Force Silent Drill and SPOW Bomb Sniffing Dog Exhibition
3.30-4.00 pm ACFC Ultralight/Microlight aircraft formation flights
4.30-5.00 pm Meynard Halili Aerobatic Show
5.00-5.30 pm RP / Malaysian / Spain/Australia Paragliding exhibition
5.30-6.00 pm Hot Air Balloon Fly-In
Feb 10 Friday Second Fiesta Day
5.00-5.45 am Philippine Flag jump
5.45-7.00 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
7.00-7.30 am RP / Malaysian / Spain/Australia Paragliding Exhibition
7.30-8.00 am ACFC Ultralight/Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights and Flour Bombing
8:30-9.00 am Meynard Halili Aerobatic Show
9.00-9.30 am Sky diving exhibition
9.30-10.00 am Radio-Controlled Model Aircraft Demonstration
10.00-11.00 am  AOPA- P Light Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition
11.00-11.30 am KAP / KTP Kite flying exhibition
11.30-12.00 nn WCC / Aviatours / Omni / Aviators/ Alpha/Leading Edge / flyby
12.00-1.00pm German aerobatic glider flight
1.00-1:30 pm Skydiving exhibition
1.30-2:00 pm Jet Turbine Radio-controlled modeller demos
2.00-3.00 am AOPA- P Light Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition
3.00-3.30 pm Car Drifting Display
3.30-4.00pm FEATI/Philsca Rocketry demonstration
4.00-4.30 pm ACFC Ultralight/Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights
4.30-5.00pm Meynard Halili Aerobatic Show
5.00-5.30 pm RP / Malaysian / Spain/Australia Paragliding Exhibition
5.30-6.00 pm Hot Air Balloon Fly-In
Feb 11 Saturday Third Fiesta Day
5.00-5.45 am Philippine Flag jump
5.45-7.00 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
7.00-7.30 am RP / Malaysian / Spain/Australia Paragliding Exhibition
7.30-8.00 am ACFC Ultralight/Microlight aircraft formation flights and flour bombing
8.00-8.30 am Tandem Skydiving exhibition
8.30-9.00 am Turbine RC flying display
9.00-9.45 am  Meynard Halili Aerobatic Show
9.45-10.30 am Helicopter flight display
10.30-11.00 am Philippine Coast Guard Rescue Demonstration
11.00-12.00 am  PT13 Stearman /  AOPA-P Flyby
12.00-12.30 pm WCC / Aviatour / Omni / PPA / CIA / Orient / flyby
12.30-1.00 pm Radio-Controlled model aircraft demonstration
1.00-1.30 pm Winch-launched German aerobatic glider flight
1.30-2.00 pm KAP / KTP Kite Flying Demonstration
2.00-2.45 pm  AOPA-P Light aircraft balloon bursting competition
2.45-3.15 pm Skydiving Exhibition
3.15-3.45 pm CIAC Fire-fighting demonstration
3.45-4.30 pm  Meynard Halili Aerobatic Show
4.00-4.30 pm ACFC Ultralight / Microlight aircraft formation flights
4.30-5.00 pm FEATI/Philsca Rocketry Demonstration
5.00-5.30 pm RP/Malaysian/Spain/ Australia Paragliding Exhibition
5.30-6.00 pm Hot Air Balloon Night Glow
Feb 12 Sunday Fourth Fiesta Day
5.20-5.30 am Philippine Flag jump
5.30-7.00 am Hot Air Balloon Flight
7.00-7.30 am RP / Malaysian / Spain/ Australia Paragliding Exhibition
7.30-8.00 am ACFC Ultralight / Microlight aircraft formation flights and flour bombing
8.00-8.30 am Tandem Skydiving Exhibition
8.30-9.15 am Meynard Halili / Aerobatic Show
9.15-10.00 am Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Demo
10.00-11.00 am Wings Over Asia / AOPA – P Light Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition
11.00-12.00 nn CIAC Fire-Fighting Demonstration
12.00-12.30 nn Radio-Controlled Model Aircraft Demonstration
12.30-1.00 pm Car Drifting demonstration
1.00-1.30 pm PT13/ WCC / Aviatour / Omni / Leading Edge/ Airlink flyby
1.30-2.30 pm KAP / KTP Flying Exhibition
3:00-3:30pm AFP / Civilian Skydiving Exhibition
3.30-4.00 pm ACFC Ultralight / Microlight aircraft formation flights
4.00-4.15 pm PT13 Stearman fly by
4.15-5.00 pm Meynard Halili aerobatic Show
5.00-5.30 pm RP / Malaysian / Spain/Australian Paragliding Exhibition
5:30- 7:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Night Glow And Fireworks

Getting There:
By Car

OPTION 1: NLEX DAU EXIT

  • Take the North Luzon Expressway and exit at Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga.
  • Make a left turn after the exit off-ramp, heading towards Angeles City
  • Take another left at the t-intersection past the bus terminals
  • Follow MacArthur Highway southbound, then make a right to enter Clark Special Economic zone. This is right after the entrance to SM City Clark.
  • Enter thru the main gate and follow M.A. Roxas highway until you see the fiesta grounds on your right.

OPTION 2: SCTEX

  • Take the North Luzon Expressway and continue into the SCTEX.
  • Take the southbound SCTEX lane toward Subic/Olongapo
  • Use the next exit, “Clark South Exit”
  • Turn right after the toll booth
  • Take another right when you reach NAIA Gateway Ave, near the GCLC fountain
  • Follow this road until you reach the main highway (M.A. Roxas) and take a right
  • The fiesta grounds will be on your right.

By Bus

OPTION 1

  • Victory Liner or 5 Star (terminals located in Pasay and Cubao)
  • Take a north bound bus to Dau.
  • There are jeepneys and tricycles readily available by the highway that will bring you to Clark Main gate
  • At the Clark main gate, you can choose to ride another jeepney or a taxi going to the event site

OPTION 2

  • Philtranco (bus stop at the back of SM Megamall and terminal in Pasay)
  • Philtranco has a direct bus trip to Clark/DMIA. See their website for their bus schedule

By Air

There are 5 airline companies offering plane rides going to Clark

  • Air Asia
  • Asiana
  • Cebu Pacific
  • Seair
  • Tiger airways

Check their websites to find out more about their flight schedule and route.

Press Release:

At the break of dawn on February 9, 2012, Hot Air Balloons of all shapes and sizes will fill the skies of Pampanga and its neighboring areas to signal the opening of the 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta – a yearly grand gathering of hot air balloons and many other interesting human creations that fly and conquer the skies.

Traditionally marked by exciting festivities that draw thousands of people not only from local communities but foreign places as well, the PIHABF promises to keep heads always looking upwards during the entire four-day celebration to be held at the fiesta site, Air Force City, DiosdadoMacapagal International Airport in Clark Field, Pampanga. Last year’s PIHABF visitors breached the 80,000 mark.

Joining the colorful and uniquely-designed hot air balloons that will be dominating the skies of Central Luzon are transport and trainer planes, ultra-light aircraft and helicopters, some of which will be conducting a series of fly-bys to delight the spectators. This year’s major attraction will be a US Air Force F-16 doing flight demonstrations. Capt. MeynardHalili will spear head the thrilling aerobatics show that will also be staged by ace pilots from the foreign countries.

Used to be shown only on Philippine television as executed by pilots from other nations, dare devil aerial stunts by classic biplane built in the 1940s, The restored PT13 Stearman is also lined up for the event. Brand new Airbus 320s, gigantic military C17, and a CN235 will also be on static display.

Capt. Joy Roa, heading the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, said that following the success of the previous PIHABF festivities, event organizers were even more challenged to come up with new and more surprises on the realm of hot air balloon venture and aviation spectacles to be staged by aviation enthusiasts from USA, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Poland, The Netherlands, Austria, Japan, England and South Korea.

Special-shaped hot air balloons, which include a car-shaped cutie from Germany, a daisy flower, ice cream cone, and a birthday cake from the United States, “Iwi the Kiwi” from New Zealand and several other regularly shaped huge “flying bubbles” will take the center stage of the festivities.

A fiesta not only coined for fathers and other macho-thinking individuals who love sky stunts and sleek aircrafts, the 17th PIHABF will also cater to moms and their children who are not so attached to machines that defy gravity can go for other “never-a-dull-moment” activities such as watching skydivers from the Brunei, Malaysia and even from the Philippine National Police make heart pumping mass formation in the sky after jumping from an altitude of not less than 5,000 feet.

Sitting on triangular parachutes powered by lightweight motors, local and foreign paragliders will show spectators that flying could be easy…at least from the spectator’s point of view.

With the tempo from marching bands, they can also watch precision drills from different military teams and flying dance shows amid a wide static display of unique airplanes – even those that will bring you back to memory lane on the spectacular history of aviation.

Time will also fly for creative kids who will prefer to stay comfortably at the Children’s Activity Center sponsored by Crayola and Hot Dog on Sticks. From there, they will be taught on kite-making, flight simulators and aviation workshops.

While munching delicious fiesta food, kids can also watch Remote Control car and aircraft competition on specially designated spots.

In case you become mesmerized with flying, display booths of flying schools are within the site for prospective student pilots.

This year’s sponsors include Caltex, Hotdog on Sticks, Rudy Project, SM City Clark, Global Gateaway Logistics Corp., UPS, Krukspec, Isuzu Philippines, Crayola, Sunkist, Philippine Daily Inquirer, ROX Recreational Outdoor Exchange, Yellow Cab Pizza, Close Up, Alveoland, Department of Tourism, Fontana and Air Asia.

For more details, please contact the fiesta committee at (02) 384 0085 / info@philballoonfest.net or check PIHABF website: www.philballoonfest.net


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