Thursday, February 9, 2017

How to go to the Fiesta

Clark is approximately 86km north of Manila and may be reached by land or air. 2011 Clark Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will be held in the Omni Aviation Complex.

By Public Transport
Public buses are available daily. Take a Victory Liner bus bound for DAU, PAMPANGA. Alight at the terminal and walk a bit towards the highway where taxis, jeepneys, and tricycles are available – all of which can take you to Clark gate. From there, take another jeep and ask the driver to drop you off at the Balloon Fiesta at Omni Aviation. Walk to entrance gates.

Via Car
Take the North Luzon Expressway from Manila and exit at DAU, MABALACAT CITY, PAMPANGA. 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.

Clark may also be reached via the new Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX). From the North Luzon Expressway, continue the drive leading to the SCTEX exit.  You may use either the CLARK NORTH INTERCHANGE (Panday Pira access road near Nayong Pilipino) or CLARK SOUTH INTERCHANGE (near Yokohama and Clark Main Gate) to enter Clark.

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.

Don't miss seeing the hot air balloons!

Don't miss seeing the hot air balloons! Hot air balloons need COOL AIR and CALM WIND in order to be inflated and float. As early as 5 AM, you can watch the pilots and crew prepare and inflate the balloons. And then the balloons will lift off around 6-7 AM, with the chase crew in 4x4s following after them! The next time you can see them is around 6 PM when they fly in. And on the weekends, they will light up for the Night Glow! 

Visit https://clarkhotairballoon.blogspot.com/2017/02/21st-clark-hot-air-balloon-fiesta.html for the full schedule.

Please note that this all depends on favorable wind conditions. The schedule may change without prior notice.

Don't have your HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE tickets yet? You can still get them from the Fiesta Info Booth while supplies last! Gates and ticketing booths open by 4AM.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

21ST CLARK HOT AIR BALLOON FIESTA SCHEDULES

Clark Hot Air Balloon Festival Schedule of Activities






SECOND FIESTA DAYFebruary 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 DAYFebruary 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 DAYFebruary 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

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Clark Hot Air Balloon Festival Schedule of Activities

Open gates and National Anthem
Rise and shine early in the day so you can get your preferred spot to watch the festivities! We’re expecting lots of people to experience the fun Fiesta, so please be prepared to stand in line while waiting to go inside.

When gates open at 5AM, staff will verify your tickets and security personnel will check packages being brought in. Once inside, you can already visit the Fly Fiesta, have snacks at the food stalls, have sunrise selfies, and watch the hot air balloons being inflated.

Guests who bought Hot Air Balloon Ride tickets will enter the launch area. They can chat with the pilots as they prepare for their flights! VIP ticket holders will also be able to enter the balloon launch patio and the air-conditioned lounge.

Shortly after gates open, the Philippine Flag will be flown as the sun rises.

Morning Hot Air Balloon Flights
Get your cameras ready! If wind conditions are favorable, the hot air balloons lift off around 5:30-6AM.

Guests who bought Hot Air Balloon Ride tickets will be soaring high in their balloons!

Guests who purchased pre-nup photo shoot passes will be in the designated area at this time.

A full day of activities
It’s the Weekend of Everything that Flies! Paragliders, skydivers, radio controlled aircraft, dancing kites, and other aerial exhibitions will be taking turns in the sky. Don’t worry about aviation terms. Our hosts will be explaining them to you.

Guests who bought tickets for skydiving, paragliding, and aircraft flights will be enjoying their rides. VIP ticket holders can stay inside the air-conditioned lounge.

Meanwhile, on the ground, there’s lots to do! Try your hand at Oculus Archery or have fun with the animals at the Zoocobia booth. Fly kites. Go on a food trip at the food trucks and stalls. Visit exhibitors’ booths and you might win in their raffles and contests!

As we enjoy the Fiesta, please remember to keep the Fiesta grounds clean. Please do not litter. Let us throw trash in the proper places.

Note: Drones are not allowed during the Fiesta as it is an active airfield. Similarly, hoverboards are not allowed in the Fiesta grounds for the safety of our guests. Thank you.

Afternoon Hot Air Balloons Flights
The hot air balloons fly in around 5PM if that wind conditions are favorable.

On Feb 11 and 12, if wind conditions are favorable, the hot air balloons will be lighting up the evening sky at the Night Glow!

Grounds Close at 10PM
You can enjoy the grounds until 10PM. Camping in the Fiesta grounds after 10 PM is not allowed. Please clean as you go and throw the trash in the designated places. Thank you!

This page will be updated when the program is finalized. See you at the Fiesta!

FIRST 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

CLICK HERE FOR 2ND TO 4TH DAY SCHEDULES


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Tickets for 21st Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

General admission tickets are at Php 350.00 per person, good for one whole day of fun with friends and family! General admission tickets get you into the venue so you can watch the aerobatic exhibitions and the hot air balloon lift off and fly in. You can also enjoy the different aircraft displays, shops, and food that will be available.
There are several places you can get general admission tickets:

Through our online ticketing portal. A credit card will be needed for online purchases. Terms and conditions apply.

  1. SM TicketNet Online.
  2. Through SM Ticketnet outlets.
  3. At the gate during the event itself.
  4. At our offices at Air Ads Hangar, Andrews Avenue, Pasay City. Please call ahead at 8512450. Office hours:  9am- 4pm. 

Children below the height of 3 ft can enter for free. Senior citizens are entitled to a 20% discount by presenting the proper ID. Tickets have to be purchased at the gate for verification of senior citizen’s ID.

  • Premium Tickets
  • Get more during your visit to the Fiesta!
  • With our VIP passes, you can enjoy food and drink in our air conditioned lounge — right at the balloon launch field.
  • There are also tickets available to ride a hot air balloon, skydive, paraglide, or ride a Cessna. Please take note that ride tickets do not cover the entrance fee.
  • Premium tickets are be available through our online ticketing portal.
  • Currently, online payments are accepted through PayPal — a world-leader in online payment. To avail of this service, you have to be 18 years of age and have either a major credit- or debit card, or Paypal account. Terms and conditions apply.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Federalism is not the answer

 NO TO FEDERALISM
I believe that this idea of Federalism gained traction as a consequence of feelings of frustration about the failure of past governments and elected leaders to lift the country to a high level of economic development that it deserves, and of desperation in the fruitless search for a solution that works. Federalism is now seen as the solution. But I am afraid it is not and I beg to disagree. I am convinced, in fact, that its adoption will only prolong the economic hardships of a large number of our people who find themselves stuck in poverty.

My position against Federalism as the solution is anchored on two broad factors which I will now discuss, setting aside less significant details for the time being. These two factors are, one, the incompatible condition of the present political and economic setting from where the proposed Federalism will rise and, two, the huge complexity of the resource allocation that its successful implementation will entail.

We have a unitary system of government, which in theory holds all power and from which all authority emanates. The complaint is that the power given to local governments is so little that they have failed to realize their fullest development as self reliant communities. With respect to public finance, the share of LGUs in the revenue from taxes, fees and charges collected by the government is fixed at 60-40 percent in favor of the central government. In addition, the complaint is that the age-old conflicts and secessionist movements in Mindanao continue to defy solution.

All these – the failure of the LGUs to develop and the seemingly insoluble conflict in Mindanao – have been laid at the doorstep of Imperial Manila.

Those calling for an end to Imperial Manila call for the federalization of the government as a means of breaking up its power and distributing it to several states so that there will be several centers of power throughout the nation. For this purpose the advocates propose the conversion of the 12 existing administrative regions into 11 states. For example, Region V, which is at present composed of Albay with Legazpi City, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, including the Cities of Naga and Iriga, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon will become the State of Bicol, to be composed of the same provinces and cities, minus Masbate.

Under a federal system, each of the states will be independent. Each will have its own constitution, its own government, and its own court system, in contrast to local governments which only exercise power given to them by the central government.

 Kakainin kita ng buhay
Each state will have to have its own court system, with the jurisdiction of each court clearly defined, and provide for appeals to the National Supreme Court in some cases. The National Supreme Court will exercise original jurisdiction over interstate commerce and transportation and appellate jurisdiction over cases arising from or between the states which involve the application and interpretation of the Federal Constitution and the federal laws. Give the establishment of a state court system and the appellate or review processes up to the national level another three years. This matter should be given careful study. Much of the business of the US Supreme Court consists of adjudicating cases involving diversity of jurisdiction because of its dual court system.

That already is a total of nine years. But what about the training of leaders in public policy, since each state is now going to determine its policies? What about the development of its economy, how long will it take to grow the region so that each state can stand on its own two feet? What about preparing people for the duties and responsibilities of statehood, all cast in the context of duties and responsibilities to the broader Nation? More than the amendment of the Constitution is the amendment of men’s nature. This is likely to take a much longer period, not just years but perhaps a whole generation or several epochs.

Curiously, the ten-year period is similar to the ten-year transition period given by America to Filipinos before the grant of independence to them.When well-meaning leaders doubted whether ten years would be sufficient to prepare Filipinos for independence, President Quezon said dismissively, “I prefer a government run like hell by Filipinos to a government run like heaven by Americans.” But can we dismiss apprehensions about changing the system of government when it also calls for changing the mindset and habits of thinking of people who for over a 100 years have not known of any regime but unitary system?

This process of federalization as proposed is in the opposite historical direction of the formation of federal states. Federal systems are usually the results either of the agreement of several states to form a union or of the organization of several territories or colonies into a federal system by a colonial power.

For example, the United States of America was formed out of 13 colonies which, after declaring their independence from Great Britain in 1776, formed a confederation or “perpetual Union” and, when this proved to be weak, adopted the present US Constitution which provides for the present federal system of government.

Another example is the Federation of Malaysia, which was formed out of several separate units or territories held successively by Portugal, the Netherlands, and Great Britain. In 1944, the British government tried to organize them (except Singapore) into a single state, the Malayan Union, but strong opposition forced it to abandon the plan. Instead, on February 1, 1948 the Federation of Malaya, which later became the present Federation of Malaysia, was formed.

No one, however, has advocated federalism as a cure for the concentration of powers per se.

The truth is that we don’t really have a fully centralized unitary government, but one with a decentralized system of local governments. Local autonomy is a constitutional policy and decentralization a constitutional mandate. Both are rights of local governments which cannot be taken away from them. Local officials are elected, not appointed by the central government, and their tenure is guaranteed. They have the power to create their own sources of revenue and raise taxes. They have a right to share in the taxes, charges and fees collected by the central government as well in the utilization and development of natural resources within their areas.

The argument that federalization will promote local development and encourage citizen participation in government is precisely a policy argument for decentralization. In 1967 Congress enacted the Decentralization Act (R.A. No. 5185) granting “local governments greater freedom and ampler means to respond to the needs of their people and promote their prosperity and happiness and to effect a more equitable and systematic distribution of governmental powers and resources.” Thus, “the performance of those functions that are more properly administered [at] the local level” are entrusted to local governments which are granted “as much autonomous powers and financial resources as are required for the more effective discharge of these responsibilities.”

It was only through oversight that the Commission failed to make the corresponding changes in the Amendment Clause. But, as Commissioner Suarez, the Chairman of the Committee on Amendments and Transitory Provisions, said when asked what his committee would do in the event the Commission decided to have a bicameral legislative body, they would include the words “IN JOINT SESSION ASSEMBLED.”

 Think before you speak
Indeed, if Congress is required to meet in joint session but vote separately in performing the functions just enumerated, it stands to reason it must be required to observe this same procedure when performing its highest function of amending or revising the fundamental law. To contend that Congress can propose amendments to the Constitution in the same way as in passing ordinary legislation is to forget the lesson of Marbury v. Madison that “as a superior paramount law, the Constitution is unchangeable by ordinary legislative acts.”

To sum up, we don’t need to change to a federal system but only push hard for decentralization to break up the concentration of power in the central government, and therefore we don’t need to amend or revise the Constitution. And if Congress has to act at all as a constituent assembly, its two Houses must meet in joint session but vote separately.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Clark Transport Hub

As the Clark International Airport slowly becomes an option to decongest air traffic in Metro Manila, it goes without saying that vehicular congestion in Angeles, Pampanga will slowly increase adding to the traffic that tourists who frequent the sites and attractions already bring.

In line with this, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has already begun construction of a Php 34.4 million transport depot right behind SM City Clark in Angeles, Pampanga.

This will serve as a public transport facility for buses, jeeps and taxis while also serving as a passenger terminal. It will have 342 parking slots for jeeps and taxis, 18 slots for buses and kiosk-type spaces for commercial use.

The transport depot, which sits on 4,100 square meters of land, will connect directly to the soon to be finished Php 176 million Clark-Mabalacat-Angeles Road (CMAR) upon its completion before the end of the year.

CMAR is a six-kilometer, double lane road project that is expected to ease traffic in Angeles and Mabalacat.

"This project, along with other road improvements in Clark, would be vital in keeping order and traffic flow in and around Clark. A little inconvenience may be experienced by some during construction for which we apologize but the end result would be beneficial to the majority,” said Engineer Teresito Tiotuyco, CDC assistant vice president for Technical Services.


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