15th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

15th Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Yesterday, several colleagues and myself travelled very early in the morning so we could go to Clark, Pampanga to see the 15th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.  This Fiesta has been around since 1991 and it was my first time to attend.

It was sssooooooo cool!!!  Glad I was able to wake up early to catch this.  We arrived a bit late so we weren’t able to catch the start of the hot air balloon flights but still on time to see them in the sky.

There were about 20 or so balloons that flew up in the sky, each balloon were designed so beautifully!  Each balloon had their own logo of the corresponding sponsor.

hot air balloons

Ticket entrance was Php150.  When we arrived at the site, the line was very long.  No joke.  Most of my colleagues decided not to enter anymore and just watch the balloons outside.

If you want to see how long the line really was, here go see the picture below:

queue hot air balloon

Aside from the astounding exhibition of balloons and of course the sponsors’ booth, there were a lot of food booths, and there were kite flying, paragliding, airplane models, army cars, human status and even ibun festival!   There were just too many things to do that some people even stayed in Clark overnight to see all the activities at the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. :)

human statue hot air balloon

paragliding hot air balloon

army cars hot air balloon

kite flying hot air balloon

ibon festival

The highlight for us though was the balloon ride!!  Balloon ride cost at least $150 and is on a first come, first serve basis.  There were some promos available at both Marquee Mall & Caltex sites.  I only checked out Marquee Mall’s booth.  There you just have to present Php1,000 worth of receipts from the mall and you get a free balloon ride.

marquee mall hot air balloon

It was total coolness that I can ride a hot air balloon myself!

So what does this hot air balloon made of?  It uses material that is similar to a parachute and is between 60,000 to 140,000 cubic feet.  Four people can fit in the basket.  It is important to note that for safety reasons, balloonists prefer that the winds to be less than 10 miles per hour, and clouds at least 2,000 feet about the ground.  Don’t understand what I’m talking about?  Well just go and take a look at the video! :)

What an experience!  This is definitely unforgettable!!!  We enjoyed our stay at 15th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta!  Next up, Marquee mall to have our lunch after such an enjoyable morning.

hot air balloon fiesta jump shot

More pictures can be found here at the Flickr album in my account.

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  • Jo

    knew it! bilis mo magpost!!! haha glad to have met you guys there!! si maus pagpinipicturan parang natural model haha and roch!! para kang nsa ibang bansa with ur getup haha cute :D

  • http://rochellesychua.com Roch

    nice to see you there too! :D:D:D

    yeah definitely, Maus a natural model, galing magpose eh! :)

    hahah foreigner hehehee :P

  • http://blitzmacalma.blogspot.com Blitz

    we're planning to go there next year, work stuff kinda got in the way kya we didn't go this year xD

    “bilis bilis heloooo~”… lol… just 1k worth of receipts from Marquee mall and u get a free hot air baloon ride? is that only for yourself or you could bring another person with u during the ride?

  • http://rochellesychua.com Roch

    receipts should be within February… don't know though if same promo will be applied for next year… anyhow, balloon ride cost around $150 per person.

  • http://blitzmacalma.blogspot.com Blitz

    so thats around 750 pesos per head?

    as for the receipts can they be from any ayala mall or only those from Marquee?
    is the free ride only for 1 person? or one balloon ride where you can bring a friend?

  • http://rochellesychua.com Roch

    it's Php7,500 not Php 750.00

    receipts good for 1 balloon ride per person. Like I said, I'm not sure if they'll have the same promo next year :)

  • http://blitzmacalma.blogspot.com Blitz

    oops 1 zero short… damn.. that much for a balloon ride.. and u wernt even up in the air for one whole minute haha.. ill ask for some feedback from my officemates too tomorrow :D tnx

  • http://rochellesychua.com Roch

    anytime ;)

  • http://filipinovoices.com/ Nick

    Yeah, definitely adorable in your outfit, sooo very adorable!

    And that jump shot, hey, that's pretty good style there too.. Wish I had been there though.. maybe next year we can go :D

  • http://rochellesychua.com Roch

    thanks! You'll be here next year Feb?! :P:P

  • http://123joblogs.blogspot.com/ Jojo Saddul

    Hi Rochelle, better late than never. Our client was glad that you enjoyed your visit and would like to thank you for your for visiting Marquee Mall.

  • http://rochellesychua.com Roch

    You're always welcome & Thank you too! :)