Metro Manila · Philippine International Balloon Festival (April 10-13)
New organizers, new location: the country's annual balloon festival has been relocated from Clark Airport to Lubao, Pampanga. After it was announced last year that the Balloon Festival at Clark would be cancelled this time, an alternative event has been set up for April 10 to 13, 2014.
See the sky fill up with dozens of fanciful and original hot air balloons during the Philippine International Balloon Festival! But that is not all. The four-day festival program also features daily live bands and fireworks, a car show, kite flying, cultural performances, and much more.
The new location is some 33 kilometers away from Clark Airport. Due to increased air traffic, the balloon festival had to be moved away from Clark Airfield. The airport is rapidly growing and is planned to become the Philippines' major international airport in a decade or so.
The festival is organized by the Pilipinas International Balloon Festival, Inc. (which includes some organizers from the former festivals), in cooperation with the Department of Tourism.
When & Where
April 10 to 13, 2014 (Thursday to Sunday). Balloon flights start at 5 am, festival activities end at 9 pm. Be there early to catch the balloons!
Barangay Prado Singco, Lubao, Pampanga
Entrance fee for the event is 200 pesos. Parking is 50 pesos.
Guide for Megacitizens
The location is some 90 kilometers away from Metro Manila. Take the North Luzon Express Way and exit at the San Fernando toll plaza, then drive left toward Jose Abad Santos Avenue, (formerly Olongapo – Gapan Rd.) leading to Lubao. The site is near the welcome arch on your right.
For further driving directions and a map as well as for the schedule of the Philippine International Balloon Festival 2014, click here.
We do not know the conditions at the new location. Based on the experience from former balloon festivals at Clark, however, we suggest to bring sunscreen, an umbrella, and a cap to protect yourself from the sun. Water, tissues, hand sanitizer, and a blanket are also recommended.