Bits and Pieces- Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival 2016
The longest-running sports and aviation event had once again happened in Clark Freeport Zone Philippines. And Gotophilippines.com team was there and had witnessed marvelous activities and aerial acts. We’ve seen a truly breathtaking and hottest hot air balloons from around the world and aerial shows such as paragliding, skydiving, choreographed kite flying demonstrations by the Kite Association of the Philippines, aerobatic stunts, ultra-light flying, airplane rally and balloon bursting competitions, precision flying, helicopter fly-by and aero-modelers flight exhibition from the Aero-modelers Association.
This 4- day event and marked as their 20th year, had showcased yet another amazing tourist attraction in and across Asia specifically to the aviation industry. As this year’s theme, “Super fun weekend of everything that flies” had captured and exceeded all viewers’ anticipation from sun up to sun down.
It was truly a breathtaking view during the sunrise fly-in and illuminating view during the sunset fly-in.
The show started at 5:30am and usually closes at around 10 in the evening. It was a whole day event crammed with exciting activities and aerial shows. You will never get hungry or starve because the place was full of food stalls, bazaars, game booths, aircraft and cars exhibits and photo displays of the air force staff. Hotel sponsors were offering huge discounts and promo as well. There’s also a medical team for emergency needs. The Department of Tourism was also there to offer assistance. And they also had a game booth. The proceeds will go to the children with special needs. Kudos to DOT Region 3! We have tried their balloon dart games and it was really fun.
The place was really hot so it’s a must to bring umbrella, or wear caps or hats, water and sunblock. Tents and mats or newspapers are also advisable to bring and if you love taking footages or videos, photos, selfies or groupfies, bringing an extra battery or power bank, and higher memory card is a must. You may also bring your own kite because it’s also a fun activity to do in the open field or you can just buy at the bazaar.
Going there around 5am is the ideal time to witness the dawn balloon flight. If you’re going from Manila or Zambales, you must leave around 4am esp. if you’re coming from Manila to avoid traffic. Or better yet, book and stay at a nearest hotel in Clark to avoid any hustle along the way.
Distinguished sponsors have also played a big part in making this event a huge hit. Initiated by The Philippine Army, The Philippine Air Force, The Philippine Navy, The Philippine Bases Conversion and Development Authority, Clark Freeport, Clark International Airport, Department of Tourism, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Department of Finance, Clark Electric, Clark Water, Hotdog on Sticks, CDO Bibbo Hotdog, Paracetamol Tempra, Bonamine, Flanax, Sharpie, Mongol, Prudential Guarantee, AVIS, Chevrolet, Isla LPG, ABS-CBN, Jeepney TV, 97.9 Home Radio Natural, DWIZ, 882 AM, Crossover 105.1, Business Mirror, Malaya Business Insights, TV 100, Travel Now, megstreetwear.ph, Philippine Inquirer, Medical City, Segway, SM Clark, YKL Colors, and FujiFilm.
We will definitely see you again in the 21st Philballonfest!
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Burrowed at the heart of the Pacific, the Philippines is a true testament of the adage that big things come in small packages. Though only 120,000 square miles big, the country boasts 7,107 islands, each with its own unique sea and landscapes to wow even the most inveterate of travelers. From immaculate beaches to pulse-raising, Herculean volcanoes – not to mention the signature Filipino hospitality - there's always a reason to travel to the Philippines - and back again.
Why Go To The Philippines
There are over 100 reasons why the Philippines makes for a great vacation choice. But to sum it up, here's what's on top of the list.
• Amazing hospitality
Ask one of the thousands of foreigners who have made the Philippines their newfound home why they did and they'll probably tell you the same thing: it's the people.
Filipinos, like many of its Asian siblings, are known to be incredibly welcoming and respectful of guests. Even the poorest locals will gladly welcome guests to their homes and serve their best dishes any day, a fact that many backpackers who ditched hostels for local homestays can attest to. With a culture that's deeply rooted in faith, Filipinos are optimistic, kind and always smiling even in the midst of adversity. In the Philippines, it's sunny and cheery all the way! In fact, the Philippines consistently ranks among the world's top 10 most positive countries! Now who wouldn't want that good vibe when traveling?
• Paradisical Destinations and Natural Bounties
With over 7,100 islands, one will never run out of natural beauties to marvel at in the Philippines. The country is teeming with enigmatic waterfalls, beaches, caves, crystal lakes, mountain ranges, an African-like game preserve, spectacular dive spots and beautiful centuries-old structures. From world-renowned destinations like Boracay and El Nido to less trodden ventures such as Lake Sebu and Palaui, there are plenty of destinations in the Philippines to sate every travel whim and lifestyle.
The country is also host to a diverse array of wildlife, including Bohol's Philippine Tarsier, the world's smallest primate; the Pandaca pygmea in Tiwi, the weeniest fish in the world; Donsol's massive whale sharks; the near-extinct Bo-o Rafflesia species in Mindanao, and other exciting avian, plant and animal species!
• Great value for money
Traveling in the country is incredibly cheap. Here you'll get a great home cooked meal for less than a dollar, a beer for 50 cents, and plenty of tourist attractions for free!
Accommodations are bountiful, whether you're in the capital or some far-flung province. Much of these, be it modest inns or luxurious 5-star hotels, are built with the average Filipino budget in mind, so you can be sure they're economical.
• Unforgettable food
Filipino food is as robust as its culture. Local dishes are an amalgam of the country's rich heritage, which includes Spanish, American and Indo-China. The famous Filipino adobo, a simple stew made with soy sauce, garlic and vinegar, is proof of how vibrant and mouth-watering the Filipino cuisine is. Be sure to try the Sinigang as well, a sour soupy dish likened to Tom Yang. Also must-try's are bulalo, sisig, caldereta, and lechon, which Anthony Bourdain professed as the best pig ever.
For an even more adventurous culinary experience, don't pass up on balut and popular street food like quek-quek (fried quail eggs in orange batter), fishball and isaw (grilled entrails)!
• Delightful tropical weather
The Philippines is blessed with a year-round tropical weather, which is perfect for the beach bumming experience. Average temperature is around 26 degree Celsius, and the sun is always up – except during typhoon season (June to around October). It is neither too hot or too cold – truly, one of the best things when doing a tour.
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