MANILA - Hot air balloons are set to dot the Pampanga landscape on the second week of February, giving families and couples one more option to consider for their Valentine's Day plans.
The 19th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, otherwise called "The Weekend Where Everything Flies," will be held from February 12 to 15 at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.
Aside from the giant hot air balloons, the festival will also feature other activities such as paragliding, skydiving, an air acrobatics show, a series of concerts, and a "fly market" -- a gathering of food concessionaires and local merchandisers.
Tickets are P300 per head, according to the event's official website. There will also be VIP tickets, which are P6,000 each, that entitles the bearer access to an an exclusive enclave within the balloon launch area.
Last year, over 30 hot air balloons from 15 countries graced the festival.
According to the organizers, the four-day festival started off as a passion project that has now evolved into the longest-running sports aviation event in Asia.
The event's longtime objective, as written on the website, is to instill discipline in participating young pilots so they can develop into safe aviators, as well as to impart a spirit volunteerism and cooperation to the whole community.