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Friday, January 08, 2016

20th Philippine-International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2016 this February 11-14, 2016 at Clark Field Pampanga (schedule, tips, info, and survival guide) #BalloonFestPH

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The 20th Philippine-International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will fly again this 2016, and its schedule for flight this February 11-14, 2016 at the Clark Field Pampanga. We will witness again the flight of these colorful hot air balloons that came from different parts of the world, and not only that, everything that can fly is celebrated here to promote air safety, the professionalism of our country’s aviation industry and also appreciating the people and its craft when it comes to flying.

Every year, all roads always goes to Clark Field Pampanga in every month of February, and we always get to see new attractions from the hot air balloon fest, expect an exhibitions of different aviation disciplines, including aerobatics, skydiving, paragliding, remote control aircraft, and kite flying.

The most highlighted event every morning and night time are the flight of the hot air balloons, pilots from the Philippines and pilots from different country will be there to fly and illuminate the sky with colorful balloons.



promo video

My experience last year is the best ever, You can read my entire experience from last year’s 2015 Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta here at- http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/search/label/philippine%20international%20hot%20air%20balloon%20festival%202015

Below are the details of tickets and reposted too for some tips.

2016 Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

TICKET DETAILS


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

VIP tickets are entitled to have :
- Priority Entrance
- Complimentary use of the Balloon Launch Patio
- Air-Conditioned Lounge
- Breakfast buffet
- Lunch buffet
- Afternoon high tea
- Complimentary snacks & beverages

You can also reserve your tickets via http://www.philballoonfest.net/online-ticketing/
and claim in at the office of Air Ads Hangar, Andrews Avenue in Pasay City.

Tickets will be also available for purchase at the event entrance as early as 5AM when gate opens daily.

VIP tickets can be purchased only in advance at the Air Ads Hanger office.
for ticket reservation, just visit http://www.philballoonfest.net/online-ticketing/


You can also buy tickets through 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 523685

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

more details here at http://www.philballoonfest.net/entrance-tickets/



Attractions:

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Our Philippine flag inspired hot air balloon “Flag of Fire” will debut this year at the fiesta
photo via https://www.facebook.com/BanderaNgApoy.FlagOfFire


2016 Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Here are some tips:

Map to the venue:https://www.google.com.ph/maps/dir//15.1689147,120.5456044/@15.1681285,120.5557575,14z?hl=en

TIPS and GUIDE for 1st time visitor

From my 2012 tips

1. Read my tips from 2011 and 2010 - you might learn something from there
2. First time visitors please read tips 2011 and tips 2010
3. If you are going there via public transport - read tips 2011
4. The scenario is the same and all tips from 2011 and 2010 can be applied
5. Don't bring any remote controlled helicopter toys or airplane, they prohibit this because it will cause obstruction to some official flyers of the event (parachute,planes and other RC heli and planes)
6. Don't leave your things unattended
7. Don't let your child walk alone, the area is big and there's plenty of walk ground, just advice your kid that incase he got lost, he must approach any staff of the balloon fest and for the parent, there's a PA system and customer announcement service in the area. Or you can advice your kid that in case he got lost, you can meet up at the hot dog area with giant inflatables (just an example) / Or you can let your kid wear an ID for proper identification.
8. BRING UMBRELLA...big rain last year for day 1 in the afternoon almost cancelled the 2nd flight
9. Bring money - everything inside the event venue are so expensive
10. Bring food and drinks! ( I haven't check if bringing food is allowed)
11. Wear comfy clothes, light clothes, comfy shoes (rubber shoes, running shoes, any closed shoes, don't wear sandals, on the way is very dusty, grassy and sometimes muddy, but the venue ground is cemented, but hot during the afternoon)
12. Will add more tips later.

From

From my tips from 2011
1. I suggest you leave tonight, because the bus in Victory Liner terminal, both Pasay and Cubao terminal, they ran out of bus and I didn't expected that all people will be at the terminal, all 4 bus that was supposed to be have a 40 min. departure each, just left all together and bus in Pasay got only the 5:10am departure. I got lucky that I rode a bus in Cubao, I successfully left Manila at around 4:30pm. The hassle is that you need to fall in line to buy tickets first.
2. Traffic in NLEX exit to San Fernando, Pampanga.
3. Traffic in Clark road
4. Jeepney terminal lacks lots of PUJ at around 5am and beyond. Big group of people are falling in line and everyone went chaos to ride a jeepney, it happen only if a jeep comes, so para saan pa yun pila di ba? buti sanay ako at taga maynila ako pagdating sa garapalan at unahan sa pag sakay.
5. Jeepney unloading zone is at the end of the Clark field, near the stop light, PUJ are not allowed to stop infront of the hot air balloon site. You need to walk all the way from the end going to the entrance
6. Long lines in buying tickets, I suggest you buy tickets at Ticketnet
7. Long lines in entering the venue
8. Lots of flying mosquitos in the grassy area,I suggest bring mosquito repellant lotion or do not wear shorts and also high heels, I saw lots of women there getting tired of walking over a grassy and muddy ground
9. Bring water and drinsk, softdrinks in can costs P45. and I bottled water will be expensive too.
10. Caltex Phil. gives free slurpee and coffee in their booth, just present your ticket
11. Free photo printing, just look for that photo booth at the other side of the hangar
12. Souvenir and food booths are everywhere
13. Bring umbrella or rain coat, I heard that on the end of day 1 and day 2, hot air balloon flights were cancelled and the site experienced an Ondoy like storm, and the areas got flooded.
14. Portalet CR are available. Long lines are expected
15. There's a free shuttle ride going to Marquee Mall and then vice versa
16. If you plan to go here tomorrow and leave Manila at 3am. I suggest you leave Manila at around 1am, if you plan to ride the bus, just visit the website of Victory Liner and other buses for bus schedules.
17. Bring money, everything inside are expensive. I bought a souvenir shirt - P300 only.
18. Eat in Max's Restaurant in Marquee Mall. sarap ng Kare Kare. There's free wifi here in Marquee Mall.
19. if you need more tips. just txt me or call me at 09275340309
20. whew! im going home now!!! 2012 hot air balloon will have my revenge!

From my 2010 tips and guide

TIPS and GUIDE for 1st time visitor
If you plan to go there and its your first time, I like to share some tips that can be helpful for you. It was my first time last year and I learned so many things on my first trip at the hot air balloon fest and my budget for an overnight stay and 2 day coverage is P3,000, thats good for two persons. I might use this tips again for my 2nd visit.
1. Plan your travel first before you go there, it will be better that you are prepared and also you can prepare your pocket money if you plan to travel via commute or your own car.
2. If you have your own car, its easy to go there, but if you will travel riding the bus, there are lots of things that you should know.
(a) ride the bus - Victory Liner going to Dagupan
(b) drop off at the Dau Terminal
(c) walk on the other side of the highway and ride the tricycle going to SM Clark
(d) ride a jeepney that will enter Clark Economic Zone
(e) if you ride the jeep, just advice the driver in advance to drop you off at the hot air balloon event site
(f) if you got lost, dont be shy to ask the people there, people in Pampanga are nice and helpful when it comes to giving directions.
3. Bring these items if you plan to stay there for long
(a) extra shirts
(b) money
(c) sun glasses
(d) sun block
(e) back pack
(f) wear light clothes
(g) camera
(h) laptop and internet usb dongle (if you plan to blog after the event)
(i) copy of the program schedule of the event
(j) cellphone with load
(k)bottled water
(l) folding chair or travel chair
(m) umbrella
4. If you plan to stay overnight, there are lots of hotels in the area, but last time we went there we stayed in a cheap motel. I trust a clean and cheap motel. My target that time was to stay in SOGO hotel,but the motel is under construction last year, but I know they are now open, and if ever I'll stay overnight, I can check in there at night and check out at around 3am. I remember that McDonalds operates 24 hours a day, because we ate our breakfast there and stayed til 4am.
5. The hot air balloon departure flight starts at around 5am, and I advice that you should be there an hour or 2 hours before the big flight. There will be many people and visitors going there, and the viewing area will be crowded, if you want to watch the balloons in a close range, just be there early and stay infront of the perimeter fence. You can seat on the pavement or grass or use your folding chair that you brought so that you can rest before you wait for another hour for the show to start.
6. After the balloon flight, there will be other activities happening in the area, and if you plan to stroll somewhere and rest, there might be a service vehicle outside going to a mall. Last year we experience to ride for free going to Marquee Mall and back to the balloon site. I'm not sure if SM City Clark will provide the same arrangements like free transpo ride for visitors going to SM mall and back to the event site. If ever they have a free transpo, I will just ride and stay inside SM Mall and do lots of stuff like eat, watch movies or shop. And if I feel to go back to the event site, I'll just ride the tricycle or the free transpo ride. Because there will be a hot air balloon flight arrival at around 5pm before the sun sets.
7. There are lots of food stalls inside the event site, they also have an eatery with tent, tables and chairs. Souvenirs are sold from left to right. Photo op activities are also available, exhibits and get a close encounter with our soldiers and officers, try also to hold those heavy rifles, guns and bazookas, ride a mini tank and also try to sit inside a small helicopter. That was last year, I don't know what will be there gimmick for this year, but I do hope that it will be the same.
8. If you're going to ride the hot air balloon, there's a special rate and you can avail the ticket and arrangement at the official website. I heard that the price of the hot air balloon is equal to a plane ticket to Hong Kong. Its a long ride transferring to another city, I'm not sure if its a one way ride. But last year, we rode the hot air balloon and it was my first time to ride it, it was a smooth flight and a bumpy landing. The flames are not that hot when you are inside the basket, and the balloon pilot is friendly and he will instruct you on what to do during the landing. In our ride, its a short ride lifting us up for minutes and going down after wards, the organizers offer a special rate for that ride, and I don't know where to get it, I'll investigate on that for my visit on day 1 on Thursday.
9. Okay thats it for now, I will add more tips and guide when something came in to my mind, but if you have your own tips and guide, pls share it here by posting in the comments below.

Thanks and happy trip to all!

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The 20th 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.





To know more visit Philippine-International
Hot Air Balloon Fiesta sites

Promo video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZ6361G5YcQ
Official hashtag: #BalloonFestPH
Official website: http://philbaloonfest.net
Official Facebook Page: @pihabf
Official Twitter account: @philballoonfest

Official Instagram account: @philballoonfest

The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.


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