Hot Air Balloon Festival 2019

It was Friday in the morning at around 3:00, right after-my-not-so-normal work hours, when we headed up north. Been travelling to central part of Luzon since January (thru Lakbay Norte 8) and that was already my second time to visit Clark, Pampanga this year, but this time to witness the Frontrow International Hot Air Balloon Festival. Unfortunately, the weather was quite not cooperating, it’s been raining hard ‘til dawn that’s why there’s no hot air balloon bound to fly. But seems like the gods and goddesses heard my high hopes of riding in one of those big balloons just like what I saw in the movies, the weather calmed, the sun showed up though still windy but just enough to air the balloons and flew as high as 500 meters above the ground while being tethered, to kept them from flying away.


hot air balloon in Clark, Pampanga, Hot Air Balloon Festival 2019
Hot Air Balloon 2019 in Clark, Pampanga

Voila, I was up, up and away, off the ground with a 360-degree view of Clark Global City. Though, the ride lasted for almost 15 minutes, that was an amazing experience, my heart was filled with so much joy and gratefulness. I couldn’t contain my happiness that as early as 9 in the morning, I already capped the day off feeling fulfilled and accomplished.


hot air balloon in Clark, Pampanga, Hot Air Balloon Festival 2019
preparation of hot air balloon


hot air balloon in Clark, Pampanga, Hot Air Balloon Festival 2019
up, up and away! hot air balloon being tethered to the ground

Meanwhile, the Frontrow International Hot Air Balloon Festival brought people together from all walks of life. With an estimated range of 50,000 to 70,000 people - kids, teens, adults, travelers, foodies, hot air balloon enthusiasts, among others - joined the fun as the sky was dotted with animals, happy faces, with other flying objects alongside the classic stripe hot air balloons. Aside from that, there were also activities on the ground like the usual food tripping as there were stalls and kiosks of your favorite Pampanga food fares, shows and activities for the kids with their favorite cartoon characters. In addition, the country’s hottest music idols and singers with Pampanga’s bands took the stage during the 3-day festivities - Slapshock on Friday, Kamikazee on Saturday, Ely Buendia, Hale and Unique Salonga on Sunday.


hot air balloon in Clark, Pampanga, Hot Air Balloon Festival 2019
colorful hot air balloons on the ground

hot air balloon in Clark, Pampanga, Hot Air Balloon Festival 2019
was able to ride in one of the big balloons with Karla (karlaroundtheworld)

hot air balloon in Clark, Pampanga, Hot Air Balloon Festival 2019
with Armela (aroundthemetro), Karla and Allan (utopianwanderer)


Car and motorsports enthusiasts also gathered for some major events such as National Drift Championship, Slalom Racing, Philippine Auto Cross Championship Series, Philippine Rally Cross Series and Motorcycle Stunt Show. Truly, it was a festival loaded with so much adventure, adrenaline rush, dazzling aerial attractions and fun-filled activities of and on the ground.


hot air balloon in Clark, Pampanga, Hot Air Balloon Festival 2019
can't get over with these balloons! isn't they're amazing?!

hot air balloon in Clark, Pampanga, Hot Air Balloon Festival 2019
spongebob and patrick were present, too!


The Frontrow International Hot Air Balloon Festival was hosted by Clark Global City, co-presented by SM City Clark, powered by Phoenix Pulse Technology, supported by Dickies and The Medical City Clark.

For more information, follow Clark Global City(@clarkgobalcotyhabf) on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.



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