January 01, 2017 at 10:00 pm
CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga —The preparation for the 21st Philippines International Hot Air Balloon Festival slated on Feb. 9 to 12 here is now on full blast.
The festival, which is the largest running sport aviation event in Asia, is a major tourist project of the Clark Development Corp. in cooperation with the Department of Tourism Region III. They have been at work promoting the fiesta since October last year.
The total number of participants are growing by the day, organizers said, as new local and foreign balloonists are interested to join the four-day festival.
With the theme “Over Two Decades of Flying High,” the balloon fiesta is expected to attract about 50,000 tourists, both foreign and local during its duration. The festival started in 1993.
Eric Jimenez of the Clark Information Division said the event includes an aerobatic exhibition, formation flying to radio-contact aircraft, skydiving, paragliding, and other activities.
The staging of the balloon festival made Clark the Tourism Destination in 2015, Jimenez said.