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‘Wing walking’ teams added to balloon fiesta

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga―A high-flying entertainment team from Europe was included in this year’s 22nd Philippine International Hot Air Ballon Festival scheduled here on Feb. 8 to 11, 2018.

Joy Roa, president of the PIHABF, said the exhibition will be performed by a “wing walking” team from the United Kingdom.

“The other members of world wing walking  teams who have 30 years experience in air acrobats come from Germany, Switherland, USA, The Netherlands and Asian countries,” Roa said.

According to Roa, the teams will perform breathing sequences of acrobatics maneuvers and  handstands while strapped on top of the wings of the team flying Boeing Stearman biplanes.

The world famous Aero Super Batics team exhibition is the first in the Philippines.

During a signing of Memorandum of Agreement with Clark Development Corp. president and CEO Noel Manankil, Roa said this year’s participants reached a total 25 coming from Europe, North America and Asia Pacific countries, including the Philippines. 

Roa said about eight participants have unique shape, sizes and colors to their balloons, while the others will be also colorful and attractive to the audiences.

The balloon festival is a pet project of CDC and will be held at the Omni Aviation Complex here.

On its 22nd year, the festival aims to attract more tourists in the former US Air Force base. It is currently being overtaken by Subic Bay, also a former American naval base in terms tourist arrivals because of its nearby beaches and forest attractions.

Tickets for the festival costs P500 each and are available to purchase at the SM Ticketing Office and Tourism office of CDC. Part of the amount of the entrance fee with will be donated to the PIHABF foundation to finance poor but deserving students to enroll in aviation courses in the area.

Topics: 22nd Philippine International Hot Air Ballon Festival
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