Hot air balloons soar anew for 19th revival at Clark

By Olmin Leyba, The Philippine Star

Posted at Apr 17 2014 07:52 AM | Updated as of Apr 17 2014 03:52 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Kites, aircraft, and practically “everything that flies” will hit the Philippine skies again after a one-year break as the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) sets its 19th edition on Feb. 12-15, 2015 at the Phl Air Force Hangar in Clark Freeport Zone.

A gathering of aviation’s finest from the Phl and the world, the PIHABF will feature non-stop flying activities – kite flying, radio-controlled fliers, electric and turbine jets, paramotors doing exhibition and formation flying, sky diving, ultralight and microlight aircraft performing formation flying and doing fun flying competitions, private planes and private helicopters doing a “rally in the air,” and an aerobatic team performing a heart-stopping routine.

The Aviator or the Year award will also be handed to pilots “who have made outstanding contributions in upgrading the standards of safety and aviation interests in their regions.”

“We want to fuel the passion for aviation in the Philippines and to showcase the endless possibilities in this field,” said Capt. Joy Roa, president of the organizing PIHABF foundation.

Last Tuesday, Roa signed a memorandum of agreement with Bases Conversion and Development president Arnel Casanova, Clark Development Corp. president Arthur Tugade, and Clark International Airport Corp. president and CEO Victor Jose Luciano making Clark the venue for the Fiesta not only in 2015 but also in the succeeding two years.

“We’re looking forward to another big event and for it to becoming even greater than the previous Hot Air Balloon Festivals,” said Luciano.