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Philippine International Hotair Balloon Fiesta Unveils Spectacular Lineup

By January 22, 2024 , , , , , ,

A Weekend of Everything that Flies happens on February 16-18 at the New Clark City. Thrilling Aerobatic Show and Captivating Special Shape Balloons Take Center Stage in Official Schedule of Activities
The Philippines is gearing up for an exhilarating weekend as the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta returns with a spectacular lineup of events, promising aviation enthusiasts and thrill-seekers an unforgettable experience. Set to take place from Friday through Sunday, February 16-18, 2024, at the dynamic New Clark City in Tarlac, this year's festival brings a fresh wave of excitement with an array of new activities and ground events.
The Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta welcomes an enchanting addition with the introduction of special-shaped balloons that promise to mesmerize spectators. The iconic hot air balloons will once again take center stage, filling the sky with an array of shapes and colors and will feature whimsical designs, ranging from giant animals to iconic characters, transforming the sky into a vibrant canvas of colors and imaginative shapes. Delight from the entries like Bella, Buster, and Dyno from the UK; Bidu and Steggy from Brazil; the Sky Runner, Party and Little D from the United States; Belgium’s Princess Nelly, Austria’s Hugo, the Cartuja Monastery from the Netherlands, and more that will float over for a spectacular show.
Bidu: Join Bidu, the cheerful blue Brazilian dog balloon, on a colorful flight over the sky and turn it into a world full of charm.
Dyno: Have an amazing flight with Dyno, a bright and beaming dinosaur from the United Kingdom.
Skyrunner: Experience the magic of a hot air balloon with Skyrunner, the playful yellow balloon from the USA.
Princess Nelly makes a royal comeback this year.

One of the more unique specials shapes we have is the Cartuja Monastery, based on the historic building in Seville, Spain. From a medieval cloister, it became a factory (see the chimneys!), and now Seville's Center for Contemporary Arts, this balloon symbolizes standing the test of time!
Hugo the Tiger's got a huge smile as he waits for the fiesta - it's gonna be grrrreat

Global Stars Team Aerobatic Pyro Display: Manila Bankers Assurance, offering a wide array of innovative, flexible and affordable life and non-life insurance products, invites us to watch in awe as the Global Stars Team takes to the skies, combining precision aerobatics with a dazzling pyrotechnic display. This fusion of skill and spectacle promises to be a highlight of the event.

Global Stars Team Aerobatic Pyro Display
Night Glow: As the sun sets, the festival takes on a magical aura with the enchanting Night Glow. Hot air balloons illuminated against the dark canvas of the evening sky create a mesmerizing spectacle, turning the festival grounds into a wonderland of light and color.

Drone Competition: Technology meets excitement in the drone competition, where skilled pilots showcase the capabilities of these agile machines. The 2024 PIHABF Drone Racing World Cup is finally happening, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) and FPV Racing Philippines (FPVRP). In close coordination with Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Air Sports Federation officials, the team is dedicated to ensuring adherence to international drone racing standards throughout the event. Witness precision and creativity as drones race, maneuver, and perform aerial acrobatics in this cutting-edge addition to the festival.
Skydiving Exhibition: Thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies are in for a treat with a heart-stopping skydiving exhibition. Watch in awe as daredevils gracefully descend from the heavens, demonstrating unparalleled skill and fearlessness. This exciting addition is bound to captivate audiences and inject an extra dose of excitement into the festival.

Helicopter Demo: Prepare to be amazed by the power and versatility of helicopters in a high-energy demonstration. Helicopter enthusiasts and novices alike will have the opportunity to witness these aerial wonders in action, highlighting their agility and importance in various aviation applications

Tandem Paragliding: For those seeking a more immersive experience, tandem paragliding offers the chance to soar through the skies with an experienced pilot. Feel the rush of the wind and marvel at the breathtaking views in this thrilling adventure that combines adrenaline with the beauty of flight.

RC Models: The sky will be buzzing with miniature marvels as remote-controlled model enthusiasts take center stage, showcasing their skill and precision with intricately crafted RC models. Witness the skies come alive with these agile and dynamic replicas, adding a new dimension to the air festivities.

Kite Flying: Adding a touch of traditional charm, kite flying enthusiasts will showcase their artistry and skills. The skies will be adorned with vibrant kites, creating a picturesque scene that complements the modern aviation marvels.

Apart from the thrilling airborne spectacles, the festival grounds offer an array of activities to cater to all interests:

VIP Lounge: Experience the festival in style with the VIP Lounge, offering a premium view of the events along with exclusive amenities and services.

Aviation Career Lectures: Aspiring aviators and those curious about aviation careers can attend insightful lectures, providing valuable information and inspiration for a future in the skies.

Kiddie Rides: Families can enjoy a day of fun with kiddie rides, ensuring that the festival caters to aviation enthusiasts of all ages.

Fly Market: Browse through the Fly Market, where aviation-themed merchandise, memorabilia, and unique items await. Take home a piece of the festival as a lasting memento.

Food Booths: Satisfy your cravings with an array of food booths offering a diverse selection of culinary delights. From local favorites to international treats, there's something to please every palate.

Aviation School Activities: As part of its commitment to education, the festival includes activities conducted by aviation schools, fostering interest in aviation careers and promoting knowledge in the field.

Check out the full schedule below:
The 24th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta extends its heartfelt appreciation to the esteemed major partners who have played a crucial role in making this spectacular event possible. FedEx, the official logistics provider, successfully delivered hot air balloons from around the world through their reliable global network. As the Official Airline Partner, Philippine Airlines has played a pivotal role in connecting the participants from around the globe to the heart of the action at New Clark City. Hann Resorts, the Official Integrated Resort Partner - and the ultimate luxury playground in Clark, ensures a seamless blend of comfort and sophistication during your stay.

Mark your calendars, secure your tickets at https://www.balloonfiesta.ph/home/tickets/, and prepare to witness the skies come alive with the magic of flight. For real-time updates, follow the official social media channels: Facebook – www.facebook.com/pihabf, Instagram – @philballoonfest, TikTok – @philballoonfiesta. Get ready for a weekend of everything that flies!

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