Enjoy a weekend of everything that flies! (Image: PIHABF Facebook page)
This week in Clark, the most-awaited and famed Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will be back to give aviation enthusiasts and tourists from various parts of the country and the world a chance to enjoy a weekend of everything that flies. Onlookers excited to watch various aviation shows and daredevils willing to try various activities in the air will have something to look forward to in this event.
Hot air balloon flights
The hot air balloons will be inflated as early as 5:00 AM. (Image: Clark Development Corp Facebook page)
Now on its 21st year, Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will once again be flooding Clark, Pampanga with dozens of hot air balloons and various aviation activities from February 9 to 12.
Of course the highlight of the weekend event is the hot air balloon flights. Tourists who bought a ticket for US$350 will be enjoying a flight in one of the balloons operated by various pilots from all over the world. Rides are scheduled during sunrise and sunset.
Where to eat authentic Kapampangan dishes
Authentic Kampangpangan dishes are served at Matam-ih Restaurant. (Image: Matamihresto Facebook page)
Tex-Mex cuisine at Spanglish for adventurous eaters (Image: Spanglishph Facebook page)
The Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is a great bonding activity for family and friends, and a taste of Kapampangan food is also necessary to complete the experience. Matam-ih Restaurant at the Clark Freeport serves authentic and exotic Kapampangan dishes while also helping the community as their service crew is mainly comprised of Aetas. For a gastronomic adventure or for something new, there is Spanglish Restaurant at Pavilion Mall that specializes in Tex-Mex cuisine.
Due to the popularity of the Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, most hotels around Clark are already fully booked from February 10 to 12. To have a different experience and also to avoid the heavy flow of the crowd on Friday through Sunday, booking an accommodation on the 8th or 9th and getting a ticket for an early morning hot air balloon ride are advisable.
Other travel adventures: Nayong Pilipino, Air Force City Park, and Clark Museum and 4D Theater
A replica of Barasoain Church in Nayong Pilipino (Image: Nayong Pilipino Official Facebook page)
To maximize one’s weekend getaway in Clark, there are also plenty of other places worthy of a stopover. For families, Nayong Pilipino and Clark Museum and 4D Theater are perfect places to spend some leisure time and also learn a little about one’s Filipino roots. For friends who want to use the hashtag #squadgoals, a visit at Air Force City Park can give Instagram-worthy pictures with various aircrafts and machineries used by the Philippine Air Force.