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.
CLARK ROUNDABOUT. Cutting the ceremonial ribbon officially opening the Clark rotunda on Monday are (L-R) Clark Development Corp. Chair Eliseo Santiago, Mabalacat City Mayor Marino Morales, Bases Conversion and Development Authority President-CEO Arnel Casanova, Angeles City Mayor Ed Pamintian, CDC President-CEO Arthur Tugade and CDC Director Rommel Bondoc. Photos by Bong Lacson
CLARK ROUNDABOUT. Cutting the ceremonial ribbon officially openingthe Clark rotunda on Monday are (L-R) Clark Development Corp. Chair Eliseo Santiago, Mabalacat City Mayor Marino Morales, Bases Conversion and Development Authority President-CEO Arnel Casanova, Angeles City Mayor Ed Pamintian, CDC President-CEO Arthur Tugade and CDC Director Rommel Bondoc. Photos by Bong Lacson
CLARK FREEPORT - As the series of conferences for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit started full blast Monday here, host Clark Development Corp. (CDC) announced projects worth some P137.69 million either finished in time for the summit or up for completion this year.
Monday morning, CDC President- CEO Arthur Tugade and BasesConversion Development Authority (BCDA) President-CEO Arnel Paciano Casanova led the inauguration of the P12.85-million roundabout at the Bayanihan Park along the MacArthur Highway towards Clark’s main gate.
Alvin Tabag, CDC project manager for APEC, said in an interview that not all the projects covered by theP137.69-million fund were meant to be completed in time for APEC now being hosted at Clark up to Feb. 7.
But apart from the roundabout, the CDC also inaugurated a P1.7-million command center linked to high-resolution CCTV cameras at Clark’s gates and other strategic areas within this freeport.
The CDC also inaugurated the other day the P5.7-million, 48-seater theatre building at the Clark Museum with a a P35-million 4-D theater equipment that could produce wind, smoke, bubble, water shots, leg and back seat tickler, and “three axes motion.
”The P13.85-million film “Risen from the Ashes,” however, met with strong criticisms from media viewers who objected to its claim that after the Americans left Clark and amid devastation from Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption, the former military base was “systematically” looted by victims of the volcanic eruption.
Its use of hot air balloon to depict Clark’s rise from devastation was also hit as inappropriate. The other CDC projects include P18.77-million LED streetlights all over this freeport, P9.26-million traffic lights in four locations, P462 million jogging path, benches and toilet at the CDC parade grounds, P6.21-million parade ground lighting, P11.32-million renovation of the Clark museum, P18.41 million “curatorial works” at the mu-seum.
Several routes to this freeport were redirected for smoother traffic flow in Angeles City, amid sightings of scores of uniformed and armed police and military men around and within this freeport to secure some 1,700 APEC participants.
CLARK FREEPORT -- A top official of the Global Gateway Development Corporation (GGDC) revealed on Wednesday that The Medical City Clark (TMCC) will be completed and will open on December 8 this year.
GGDC president and chief executive officer Mark Williams said, "The Medical City is actually going forward, despite of what you're hearing in the press. It will open as scheduled."
The main contractor of the hospital made a commitment to finish the project on time.
"Last week, the contractor which doing the hospital, SC Megaworld reiterated their commitment to us directly that this hospital will be finished on time," Williams said.
Williams issued the statement during Wednesday's forum "Talk Widus" organized by the Pampanga Press Club.
"We are accelerating the development and putting on the finishing touches in TMCC and we are committed to December 2014 as the opening date to the public," Williams said.
The GGDC official said they are asserting operational control over the 177-hectare Global Gateway Logistics City (GGLC).
"As of last Thursday, we are on the site. We have 30 to 45 hectares fully rehabilitated," Williams said.
Police reportedly ordered Herstal Security, the security firm hired by Peregrine Development International Incorporated (Peregrine), to allow GGDC officers and contractors to have access to the project site and continue works on the project.
This, after the Court of Appeals issued a 60-day temporary restraining order against Peregrine and a directive by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Angeles City.
"The TRO issued by the CA effectively affirmed GGDC's rights as owner of the GGLC project to hire contractors of its choice," Williams said.
GGDC was originally founded by The Port Fund, a private equity fund managed by the KGL Investment Company composed mostly of investors from government entities in Kuwait and other GCC countries.
GGDC has invested over $100 million in GGLC, which is considered a major development project conceived by the Philippine government and designed by best Filipino architects and urban planners, according to Williams.
Its completion will result to more than 300,000 jobs and annual payroll of $600 million, he said.
“Very soon, we are starting the construction of five buildings adjacent to TMCC with about 10 to 12 floors each. We have earmarked another $150 million for these buildings and we envision finishing them by end of 2015,” Williams said.
Williams also reiterated their company’s commitment to create an investment area and provide employment to thousands of Filipinos.
“We are here to create jobs and not to engage in court battles,” Williams said.
GGDC forged an agreement with the Clark International Airport Corporation for a 50-year lease agreement.
Reference : sunstar.com.ph
CLARK FREEPORT -- The construction of a P2.5 billion high-end water theme park, which is expected to spur development in localities around the Freeport, has started.
Presidential Political Adviser Ronald Llamas, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President Arthur P. Tugade, Congressman Joseller "Yeng" Guiao and Mabalacat Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales led the groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday.
Former Angeles City Councilor Ireneo "Bong" Alvaro, president of the BB International Leisure and Resort Development Corporation, said the world-class water theme park (first phase of the project) will be completed in three years.
PAMPANGA. Dr. Irineo G. Alvaro (L), president of BB International (BBI) Leisure and Resort Development Corp., BBI owners Jack Yang and Tony Huang, National Security Adviser Sec. Ronald Llamas, 1st District Rep. Joseller ‘Yeng’ Guiao, Mabalacat City Mayor Marino Morales, CDC president Arturo Tugade, Paul Aquino, Mayor Feliciano, Angeles City chief of staff Alex Cauguiran, CDC directors Francis Elum, Manolo Feliciano and CIAC VP Rey Catacutan lead the groundbreaking of a soon-to-rise P2.5-billion water theme park at the Clark Freeport Zone. (Chris Navarro)
BB International, proponent of the project, is owned by a Taiwanese group led by Jack Yam and Tony Wang.
During his speech, Alvaro made an assurance that the firm will employ Aetas and locals based on their skills.
He also vowed to implement livelihood programs that will help tribal communities at Sitio Haduan (near the Clark Gate 14) in Mabalacat City and other parts of the Clark subzone.
Tugade vowed support to the project and at the same time lauded BB International executives for considering hiring Aetas.
He said the world-class tourism estate will compete with that of Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
According to Tugade, the contract forged by the company and CDC stipulates that Aetas and persons with disabilities should be hired in the leisure and resort facility.
“It is embedded in the contract na dalawang klase ang iha-hire nila, mga katutubo at PWDs,” Tugade said.
Tugade added that he instructed the CDC community services department to provide a hollow block-making machine for the Bamban Aeta Tribal Association (Bata) and Mabalacat Tribal Association (Mata).
Aetas will be trained on making blocks, according to him.
Tugade said he and Alvaro agreed that the first 100 blocks which will be used in the water theme park will be bought from the Mata and Bata.
“This is to show the commitment of the company to the welfare and employment wishes of the katutubo,” he said.
Morales thanked the BB International, saying the project will enhance development and growth in Mabalacat City which covers Clark Freeport.
The mayor assured that the local government will fully support the project.