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DIY Itinerary + Guide: Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival 2017 at Clark, Pampanga

Clark International Airport (CRK), Andres Bonifacio Avenue, Clark Special Economic Zone, Clark Field, Mabalacat City, Clark Freeport Zone, Mabalacat, 2023 Pampanga, Philippines
Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival

The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon is one of the most colorful and most - awaited festivals near Manila is happening on February 9, 10, 11 & 12. I have seen this myself two years ago and it is completely mesmerizing. Though I wasn't able to ride the actual hot air balloon because it is too expensive, just watching it float and happened to witness someone proposing, I would always say yes to anyone asking me to join them. While the 2017 Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta Itinerary & Schedule Of Activities isn't available yet, we'll show you how to do it DIY - way. 

There is a report that this could be the last Hot Air Balloon Festival to be held in Clark, Pampanga because the space will be utilized to give way for the Clark International Airport's full operation so this could be your last chance.

Click HERE to join our 2018 Philippine International Hot Air Ballon Festival Tour Package 

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"This helicopter is only for photo - ops purposes."

🚌HOW TO GET THERE (Commute/From our experience)
From QC: Trinoma Lounge direct bus to Clark c/o Genesis - P250/way
Located at Clark Airport Lounge Trinoma Mall
Drop off is directly at Hot Air Balloon Festival na. Konting lakad nalang to the entrance.
Bus scheds and details:

General Admission P350/pax

VIP Pass P6, 000/pax
Buy ahead of time para hindi na pipila sa pag bili ng ticket at Clark. You can purchase tickets at SM Ticketnet, official website - Phil Balloon Fest or at Air Ads office in Pasay City. You can pay via paypal, credit or debit card.


- Commute to Trinoma (Ask the guards nalang if saan yun terminal to Clark. It's inside the mall sa may tabi ng Mercury Drug, tapat ng Mcdo Mindanao Ave.)
4:30AM - Off to Clark (Travel time: 1-2hrs) 1 bus lang so limited seats kaya dapat maaga kayo!
6AM - Hot Air Balloon Festival!!! 🎈🎈
‼️TIPS: If naka car kayo or private van, be early!! Kasi ang habaaaaa ng pila as in oa! And parking pa. We saw other people na nag camp inside, pero not sure if how. Nakakapagod pero worth it naman 😊

Be early kasi yun Hot Air Balloons morning ang take off (6:30am) then afternoon na babalik. Meron din silang night show keme for afternoon guests.

Other flying or aerial shows after the take off are worth seeing din 🚁. You can also bring/buy kites then magpalipad kayo.  Bring mats and umbrellas para pwede mag chill around Clark.

Food: Pahirapan maghanap ng food outside (pero may food naman inside, trip lang talaga namin mag resto sa labas😂) since jam packed ang tao. Better bring baon + water. If you can, try to book seats ahead sa malapit na restaurants. Or kain ng early lunch (wag sumabay ng 12nn) Or waiting kayo for 30mins+ like us. 😂😂

P500 - RT Bus Fare c/o Genesis
P350 - Gen. Admission Entrance Fee

💸DAMAGE: P850/pax ONLY!
Q: How much to ride on hot air balloon?
A: Check the website below. It's $350/pax for every 20 minute ride (dollars bes ha!! Hindi peso!)


1. Drones and hoverboards are NOT allowed. Obviously because this is a show of everything flying in the air.
2. Camping is NOT allowed within the area. You should book a hotel or go home.
3.  Children under 3 feet is free to enter. 
4.  Discount of 20% off are given to senior citizens.
5. Prenup photo ops can be arranged. Just contact the management.
6. Hot Air Balloon ride is USD 350/pax

👉🏼Visit the official website for more details:

Note: This was contributed by Genevieve Cheung, the same nice girl who shared her DIY 7K Budget + Itinerary 5D4N To El Nido: Where to stay, What to do and Tour Contacts in Palawan in the previous post. He and his boyfriend were guests of the Philippine Hot Air Balloon Festival 2016 held on February 14, 2016.


  1. Hi, pwede magset up ng tent sa loob and sa labas while waiting for the gates to open, right?

  2. Ang alam ko hindi pwede kasi suuper matao sa labas. Check nyo na rin po sa guard para sure :)

  3. Hi! yung sa trinoma lounge, walk in talaga sya and yung payment? And how about pauwi? paano yung access sa bus pa-manila? thank you.