CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga — Twenty-eight gigantic hot air balloons in various shapes and colors soared up to the sky here as the 20th edition of the Philippine Hot Air Balloon Festival (PIHABF) kicked off on Thursday at the Philippine Air Base ADAC Hangar inside this Freeport.
As early as 7 a.m., colorful and specially-shaped balloons from the United States, England, Japan, Netherlands, Germany, France, Slovakia and the Philippines filled the air to the delight of hundreds of spectators.
Joy Roa, consultant of the Hot Air Balloon Festival 2016, said the annual hot air balloon festival which is up to February 14 is expected to attract more local and foreign tourists just like in the past years.
”This is a four-day event of everything that flies,” Roa said, adding that “we are inviting everyone to come and witness the various flying activities.”
Aside from hot air balloon, Roa said that various flying spectacles will be showcased including aerobatic exhibitions, skydiving, motorized paragliding exhibition, aviation formation, search and rescue flight demonstrations, balloon bursting, and microlight and ultralight flying.
A Fiesta Fly Market was also set up selling big selection of food and refreshments, a wide variety of merchandise and local goods and balloon fiesta souvenirs.
Clark International Airport Corporation will also wow tourists with car drifting exhibitions wherein airplanes try to drop flour bombs overhead, as well as firefighting and safety demonstrations.
The hot air balloon festival is a flagship tourism project of the Clark Development Corporation, in partnership with the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABFFI), Department of Tourism, Philippine Air Force and other military units. PNA/northboundasia.com