Come February 12-15, 2015, “A Weekend of Everything that Flies” will come back with a bigger and more fun flying in the Philippines as Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) returns for the 19th year spearheaded by no less than PIHABF President Capt. Joy Roa.
The 19th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is set on a four-day festival at the Philippines Air Force (PAF) ADAC Hangar in Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.
Earlier today, April 15, a memorandum of agreement was signed by Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) president Arnel Casanova, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president Arthur Tugade, Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president and chief executive officer Victor Jose Luciano, and Capt. Roa at the Asian Air Safari hangar in Pasay City that was witnessed by VIP guests and media correspondents.
After the signing, a controversial question was thrown by Rafa Pedrajita of DigitalSpidey.com which was answered by Capt. Roa himself. Roa, confirmed the staging of another hot air balloon festival happening in Lubao also in Pampanga and to sum up, he just wanted the organizers of the newly formed festival to continue its effort in bringing a safe event for their visitors. (RELATED: It’s final. There will be no official 19th hot air balloon this year, says PIHABF organizing committee)
While the hot air balloon festival staged in Lubao was a first for its organizers, PIHABF is proud to re-tell where and when it first opened to the public and that they are coming strong on their 19th year. (RELATED: Axe Philippines joins the 18th Hot Air Balloon Fiesta with HOHOL surprises)
More than just a spectator event, PIHABF is a gathering of aviation’s finest from the Philippines and the world. Attendees next year can look forward to non-stop flying activities from kite flying to radio control fliers from electric to turbine jets coming from regions like Dumaguete, Bacolod and Davao.
There will be paramotors from different parts of the world doing exhibition and formation flying. The public can also look forward to sky diving demonstrations and a chance to do tandem jumping. Ultralight and microlight aircraft will be performing formation flying and holding fun flying competitions.
Just like cars, private airplanes and helicopters will also be doing a rally in the air to hone their flying and navigational skills.
An aerobatic formation team will once again be invited to demonstrate a heart-stopping aerobatic show.
There will also be a bigger display of local aviation schools for increased public awareness on aviation opportunities in the Philippines.
The Aviator of the Year Award will once again be awarded to pilots who have made outstanding contributions in upgrading the standards of safety and aviation interests in their regions.
“We want to fuel the passion for aviation in the Philippines, and to showcase the endless possibilities in this field,” Roa said.
The 19th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will surely continue with these traditions. (RELATED: February 2013 Philippine Festivals)
For more information and updates on the 19th PIHABF, visit www.philballoonfest.net.
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