The 20th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival

Posted on Feb 19 2016 - 8:04am by Lanie

The 20th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival boasted of awesome balloon designs, hands on experience with flying equipment and amazing show after show of various aerial exhibitions.

The yearly festival was all this and more. You should mark your calendars yearly for this family friendly event and make sure to catch the balloon lift off and night glow.


Make a day of it with family and friends and attend the hourly activities available. Everything you could possibly need is available on the grounds. From food to first aid to porta potties, you can plan to spend the day there.

Some helpful tips:

  • Bring a hat, shades, extra clothes and pocket money
  • Come early so you can be as near to the field where balloon flights happen
  • Best to visit on a Thursday or Friday when there is less people
  • Bring your camera for some amazing shots

To catch the balloon lift off itโ€™s best to be on the grounds as early as possible. We were there by 5am and by 5:15am the lines were already long and traffic was building.

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For those whoโ€™d like to get an up close and personal look you can purchase photo passes and capture the flight of the balloons.

There are plenty of shopping booths and the display of helis, airplanes and tanks are quite impressive.

Food is in abundance having everything from rice meals, pizza, hotdogs and even sweets.

Follow the PIHABF on Facebook to be updated on schedules and activites.

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As written by Louisa Mercado of ArtofBeingaMom

More beautiful photos and info about the balloons who flew and their pilots here from their own Facebook Pages.

Baby Dino
Facebook Page:
Country: USA
Pilots: Jay Thomas McCormack and Jeffrey Allan Snyder

Smiley Scarecrow
Facebook Page:
Country: USA
Pilots: Jacob Daniel Tyler and Larry Francis Valene

Oggy The Friendly Dragon
Facebook Page:
Country: USA 
John Reich Semler, Lynne Etnyre Semler, Robert Meadows

Burnie the Little Devil 
Facebook Page:
Country: USA
Pilots: Danny Duane Campbell and Marie Elizabeth Colleran

Little Boy Balloon
Facebook Page:
Country: United Kingdom
Pilot: John Viner

Little Girl Balloon
Facebook Page:
Country: United Kingdom
Pilots: Paul and James Burrows

Flying Cathedral
Facebook Page:
Country: Dominican Republic
Pilots: Leonardo Echavarria and Alberto Duran Abreau

Country: USA
Pilots: Shane Robinson, Lisa Wood

Happy Clown Bruno
Country: Hungary
Pilots: Lelovits Lubor and Lucia Shulzova

Bandera ng Apoy / Flag of Fire
Country: USA
Pilots: Jonathan Trappe, Jennie Norcia Albino

9 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. john gharzky reid2016/02/20 at 3:25 am - Reply

    love much

  2. Mommy Queenelizabeth2016/02/23 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    I’ve been wanting to visit this for the past years but still we cant find time.. the balloons are all amazing this year! sayang!

  3. Gilian2016/02/23 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    This is an event I’d love to visit someday! =)I love how colorful the place can be! =)

  4. May De Jesus-Palacpac2016/02/23 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    This is one of our field trip goals for the kids for 2017. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Berlin2016/02/24 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    Supposedly all set to experience this but then my mom backed out because of a community activity. Sayang. I hope we can– next year.

  6. Melisa Sanchez2016/02/25 at 7:52 am - Reply

    Wow super ganda ng mga hot air balloons. Ang saya-saya naman nito hope next year makapunta kami jan ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Maan2016/02/25 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Suuuper ganda! This should be on my bucket list!

  8. juvy ann2016/02/26 at 12:21 am - Reply

    Sad we again missed this years hot air balloon festival. Promise myself to take note of next year’s.

  9. Richard2016/05/10 at 6:50 am - Reply

    This is the place where you can feel the list of rainbow in single moment.

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