Because watching the balloons rise one by one while the sun unfolds is a sight to behold. In addition, this festival is the biggest aviation event in the country today.
There's a LOT of people and the crowd can literally multiply in minutes! Usually, the balloons go up from 5:30-7am so leave for Clark early if you want to see them. It gets really hot and there’s hardly any shade so do not forget to bring liquid, shades and umbrella. You may also opt to bring monoblocks or foldable chairs in case you want to rest or get "taller" than the crowd for a better view of the event and a better angle for your shots.:)
The Philippine Hot Air Balloon Festival is a 4-day event held every year during the month of February (usually the second week) and remains to be the biggest aviation event in the country. It has been ongoing for more than 10 years already and showcases different aviation shows - from flying hot air balloons to sky-jumping exhibitions to kite flying competitions to para gliding to light plane shows to anything else that can be done on air. This is probably the only time in the Philippines when a number of hot air balloons go up together while the sun is rising. Visitors may ride the balloon for a fee of about $150 per head. The ride length is about 30-45 minutes and you cannot make reservations for it. It's a first come, first served system so line up early if you want to experience how hot it really is to ride a hotair balloon.:P
HOW TO GET THERE: (commute)
1. From Manila, take a bus that goes to Baguio
2. Go down at the Dau Bus Terminal (Dau, Pampanga).
3. Go to Clark Airfield via jeep or tricycle.
HOW TO GET THERE: (via personal vehicle)
1. From Manila, take NLEX and exit Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga.
2. From the exit, turn left towards Angeles City.
3. Turn right at the Clark Special Economic Zone itself and ask exactly where the festival is. Chances are, you don't need to ask. You will see it.