22nd Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
If you know or follow me/my articles long enough, you’d know that I’ve always wanted to fly (be a Pilot). All those dreams when I was still in grade school became more vivid when I was given a chance to feature a HUGE event in Angeles, Pampanga:
This event is the annual Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, now in their 22nd year!
The PIHABF started in 1994, with the main goal of jumpstarting the local economy and uplifting the morale of communities in Central Luzon, after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. The fiesta is an opportunity to share and exchange cultures and traditions with visiting pilots from all over the world. Visitors get a taste of Filipino hospitality and fiesta spirit. Read more – https://www.philballoonfest.net/event-info/started/
Every event needs the BEST location, which is also a deciding factor on whether people/guests would visit or not. That is why OMNI Aviation Complex in Angeles, Pampanga is the perfect venue. OMNI Aviation Complex can be accessed easily via land or air transportation. There’s P2P Bus Service, commercial flights, or if you choose to use your own vehicle, you’ll never get lost! Learn more about the event location on the last page of this post.
Now that you know what the event is about, and where you’ll have to go to witness the colorful and fun hot air balloons,
I’m going to show you what it looks like from inside the fence, where I was lucky enough to get VIP access on Day 1 (Opening) courtesy of OMNI Aviation, the Co-Organizer of the 22nd Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.