A stellar lineup of events awaits aviation enthusiasts and thrill-seekers at the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, promising an unforgettable weekend for aviation enthusiasts and thrill-seekers. With an array of new activities and ground events set to take place at the New Clark City in Tarlac, the festival will take place from Friday to Sunday, February 16-18, 2023.
As part of the Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, special-shaped balloons will mesmerize spectators. With a wide variety of shapes and colors, the iconic hot air balloons will once again fill the sky, transforming it into a vibrant canvas of colors and imaginative shapes. Among the entries are Bella, Buster, and Dyno from the UK, Bidu and Steggy from Brazil, Sky Runner, Party, and Little D from the United States, as well as Belgian Princess Nelly, Austrian Hugo, and Dutch Cartuja Monastery, which will float over for an amazing display.
Bidu: Fly with Bidu, the cheerful blue Brazilian dog balloon, and enjoy the charming world he creates.
Dyno: Join Dyno, a British dinosaur who beams brightly.
Skyrunner: Enjoy the magic of hot air ballooning with Skyrunner, a playful yellow balloon from the United States.
Princess Nelly is making a royal return this year.
Among our unique shapes is the Cartuja Monastery, based on the historic building in Seville, Spain. Originally a medieval cloister, it became a factory (check out those chimneys), and now it represents standing the test of time at the Seville Center for Contemporary Arts.
Hugo the Tiger‘s got a great smile on his face as he waits for the fiesta
Global Stars Team Aerobatic Pyro Display: Manila Bankers Assurance, offering a wide range of innovative, flexible and affordable life and non-life insurance products, invites us to watch the Global Stars Team perform precision aerobatics accompanied by a spectacular pyrotechnic display. A fusion of skill and spectacle is sure to be the highlight of the event.
Night Glow: The enchanting Night Glow transforms the festival as the sun sets. A dazzling display of hot air balloons illuminated against the dark canvas of the evening sky transforms the festival grounds into a colorful wonderland.
Drone Competition: Technology meets excitement in this competition where skilled pilots show off their drones’ capabilities. In 2024, the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) and FPV Racing Philippines (FPVRP) will host the PIHABF Drone Racing World Cup. Throughout the event, the team is committed to ensuring adherence to international drone racing standards in coordination with Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Air Sports Federation officials. This cutting-edge addition to the festival will showcase drones performing aerial acrobatics, maneuvers, and races.
Skydiving Exhibition: An adrenaline-pumping skydiving exhibition is in store for thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies. You’ll be amazed at the bravery and skill demonstrated by daredevils as they gracefully descend from the heavens. A festival like this is bound to captivate audiences and inject an extra dose of excitement.
Helicopter Demo: Experience the power and versatility of helicopters in a high-energy demonstration. During the event, helicopter enthusiasts and novices alike will be able to view these aerial wonders in action, demonstrating their agility and importance in various aviation fields.
Tandem Paragliding: If you’re looking for a more immersive paragliding experience, tandem paragliding offers a great option. This thrilling adventure combines adrenaline with the beauty of flight. Feel the wind rush and marvel at the breathtaking views.
RC Models: The sky will be buzzing with miniature marvels as remote-controlled model enthusiasts demonstrate their skill and precision with intricately crafted models. With these agile and dynamic replicas, the skies will come alive with a new dimension.
Kite Flying: Experienced kite flyers will demonstrate their skills and artistry. In addition to the modern aviation marvels, the skies will be adorned with colorful kites.
There are an array of activities on the festival grounds in addition to the thrilling airborne spectacles:
VIP Lounge: Enjoy the festival in style with the VIP Lounge, which offers a premium view of the events as well as exclusive amenities.
Aviation Career Lectures: Those interested in aviation careers can attend insightful lectures that provide valuable information and inspiration.
Kiddie Rides: Children and their parents will be able to enjoy a day of fun with kiddie rides at the festival.
Fly Market: Featuring aviation-themed merchandise, memorabilia, and unique items, the Fly Market is the place to be. Be sure to take home a memento from the festival.
Food Booths: Enjoy a wide selection of culinary delights at food booths. There is something for every palate, from local favorites to international treats.
Aviation School Activities: To foster interest in aviation careers and promote knowledge of the field, the festival includes activities conducted by aviation schools.
Check out the full schedule below
This spectacular event would not be possible without the support of the esteemed major partners who have played a crucial role in making this possible. With FedEx’s reliable global network, hot air balloons were successfully delivered worldwide. The Official Airline Partner of New Clark City, Philippine Airlines, has played a critical role in connecting participants from around the world. The ultimate luxury playground in Clark is Hann Resorts, the Official Integrated Resort Partner.
Plan your trips to see the magic of flight in the skies by purchasing your tickets at https://www.balloonfiesta.ph/home/tickets/. You can follow the official social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok: www.facebook.com/pihabf, www.instagram.com/philballoonfest, and www.tiktok.com/philballoonfiesta. Enjoy a weekend full of flying fun!