Wednesday, June 26, 2019

2019 Southeast Asian (Sea) Games is already 80-percent complete

The sports facilities to be used for the athletics and swimming events of the 2019 Southeast Asian (Sea) Games is already 80-percent complete such that construction will be finished by end-August, ahead of the government’s deadline.

Phase 1A of the NGAC project involved the development of an initial 40 hectares, including building the 20,000-seater athletic stadium, 2,000-seater aquatic center, athletes village for Sea Games participants, as well as government housing and support service facilities.

It will also include the construction of the Integrated Operations Center and Disaster Risk Recovery Center, which will serve as government agencies’ disaster-resilient backup offices.

Following the ground-breaking for the NGAC in January last year, actual construction started in March 2018, with the government giving an 18-month deadline to finish phase 1A.

The POC president further aired his frustrations on the unresolved NSA disputes that was one of the main problems that he wishes to solve in his term.

When he was elected, Vargas appointed Philippine Squash Academy president Robert Bachmann to be in charge POC membership committee.

"I’m not happy with the dispute and membership settling issues. We continue to have disputes that are unresolved," added Vargas.

On April 24, the POC board sent a request to secretary-general Patrick Gregorio to call for a special board meeting on April 30.

Vargas, though, did not approve the request as he wanted to accommodate the members of the board who were running for the mid-term elections.

However, 7 members of the board – Cojuangco, Jonne Go, Jose Romasanta, Antonio Tamayo, Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, Julian Camacho and Clint Aranas – went on to hold the special board meeting without the presence of Vargas, chairman Abraham Tolentino and Gregorio.

Non-members of the board who attended the meeting were Bachmann, Frank Elizalde and Charlie Ho, who assumed the role of acting secretary.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

SM Supermalls are planning to hold the hot air balloon fiesta in March

SM Supermalls owned by SM Prime Holdings, Inc. and Clark Global City (CGC) owned the Udenna Group of Davao businessman Dennis Uy are planning to hold the hot air balloon fiesta here in March.

This developed after the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) led by Capt. Joy Roa recently cancelled the annual event for what it said was “lack of government support.” According to Serafin Tolentino, one of the organizers of the Lubao International Balloon Festival (LIBF) who is privy to the negotiations, the two private corporations in partnership with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and its subsidiary the Clark Development Corp. (CDC) are in the thick of plans on how to conduct the hot air balloon fiesta here with limited flight capabilities.

This means that only tethered hot air balloons will fly. The event is planned in the first week of March at the back of SM City Clark at the sprawling area of the 177-hectare CGC which is now being advertised as the next center of economic growth in the country.

Tolentino said the activities at the Clark airport cannot be compromised with a Notice To Airmen (Notam) to allow the hot air balloons to fl y with the wind, thus the tethered flights.

However, Tolentino said the Lubao International Hot Air Balloon Festival is set on April 5,6 and 7 at the Pradera Verde in Barangay Prado Siongco in Lubao where balloonists from all over the world are set to participate.

Meanwhile, the PIHABF, held annually every February in this freeport for more than two decades, has been cancelled for this year, according to its announcement.

The organizers of the event said the holding of the annual spectacle did not push through for this year due to lack of government support.

“We regret to inform you that because PIHABF has not received the commitment from our government partners on time, we will not be able to organize the annual The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (and The Weekend of Everything that Flies!) in Clark this coming February 2019,” a statement from PIHABF said.

“Thanks to everyone’s abiding enthusiasm, the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) hosted 22 years of ‘A Weekend of Everything that Flies’ in Clark, Pampanga,” it added.

However, the PIHABF also said it may organize air shows outside this freeport for this year. “We will announce plans and developments on our website, www.philballoonfest.net, and social media channels and we welcome your continued enthusiastic participation,” the PIHABF said.

The PIHABF said the event is the longest-running sports aviation event in Asia, gathering aviators and spectators from around the world for four days of non-stop flying action.

“From hot air balloons to aerobatic exhibitions, formation flying to radio-controlled aircraft, paragliding, skydiving, and dozens of on-ground activities, visitors are always guaranteed to have an unforgettable weekend,” the PIHABF said.

It can be recalled that hot air ballooning started in Clark in 1994 to drum up attention and support to this former US air base which was devastated by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo three years earlier.

The Department of Tourism formed a committee through its Secretary Mina Gabor with regional director Ronnie Tiotuico as executive director who then organized the first hot air balloon fiesta with original members Noel Castro, Bernie Bituin, Joel Santos, Lerma Quiambao, Sol Medina, Raidis Plateros and Tolentino.

Joining the organizing committee were Korean businessman and hot air balloon pilots Sung Kee Paik, British Airways general manager John Emery and German aviation enthusiasts Max Motschmann. In 1996, the event was transferred by the DOT to Air Ads, Inc. led by Roa.

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

2019 Clark Hot Air Balloon Festival

International Hot Air Show that began in 1994 as a may to revitalize the region following the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo. 21 balloons from 10 different countries joined the first fiesta, but it has since turned into a more general aviation show filled with aerobatic exhibitions, formation flying, and other stunts.

Feb 7, 2019 — Feb 10, 2019
The dates for this event are estimated and subject to change.

The gates open at 4am and many arrive well before that to avoid the queues—so be prepared for an early start! The balloons begin to set off at around 6:30pm and return at 5:30pm, weather conditions permitting. You can also enjoy the “Night Glow” event on Saturday and Sunday night where the hot air balloons are tethered together and lit, usually with music playing in the background.

Tickets can be purchased through the official online portal which is open from mid-December until the end of January (they can also be purchased on the day). You can by tickets to ride in the hot air balloons through the same portal, with prices at around $350 for a 20-45 minutes ride.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

2018 Lubao International Hotair Balloon Festival

Now going on its 5th year, the blue skies of Lubao, Pampanga will once again be painted with around thirty (30) hot air balloons from all over the world. A magnificent array of colorful balloons will delight guests in the morning, while wonderful music from an exciting artist lineup during the concert will surely make another one of a kind spectacle.

Lubao International hotair balloon festival in Lubao Pampanga, Philippines. The festival is the biggest annual hot air balloon festival in Southeast Asia. The event is organized by Pilipinas International Balloon Festival, Inc. (PIBF) in cooperation with the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office of Pampanga (ACTO) and with support from Provincial Government of Pampanga.

Friday, January 26, 2018

22nd Clark Hot Air Balloon Fiesta Schedule of Activities

Please note that all flying activities are dependent on favorable weather conditions for the safety of guests and crew.

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 4AM, 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 explain 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 10 and 11, if wind conditions are favorable, the hot air balloons will be lighting up the evening sky at the Night Glow!

Grounds Close at 8PM
You can enjoy the grounds until 8PM. Camping in the Fiesta grounds after 8PM is not allowed. Please clean as you go and throw the trash in the designated places. Thank you!

Monday, January 22, 2018

2018 Clark Hot Air Balloon Ticket Price

22nd Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is on February 8-11, 2018 at Clark, Pampanga. Four days jam-packed with spectacular flying exhibitions and on-the-ground fun to experience friends and family!

Ride tickets will be available at the gates while slot availability lasts.
Ride ticket prices do not include entrance fees. You’ll need to purchase a separate entrance ticket.




  • General Admission - PhP 500 per person per Fiesta day
  • VIP Passes - PhP 6,000 per person per Fiesta day
  • Hot Air Balloon Rides - US$ 350 per person per ride
  • Tandem Skydiving- US$ 400 per person per jump
  • Aerobatic Flights - US$ 400 per person per ride
  • Airplane Discovery Flights - US$ 150 per person per ride
  • Tandem Paragliding - US$ 150 per person per flight
  • Helicopter Rides - PhP 7,000 per person per ride

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.

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