Up, up, and away! Experience the annual Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2020 and get ready for a weekend filled with flights and sights!
Watch as the hot air balloons lift off to the sky in a myriad of colors and witness thrilling aviation exhibitions in celebration of all things that fly this March. Want to know what you’re in for? Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.
An event that started from a passion project after the 1991 Mount Pinatubo eruption, The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) is the longest-running sports aviation event in Asia.
The Balloon Fiesta deems itself as more than just a spectator event, but rather a gathering of aviators and aviation fans across the Philippines and the world.
This year, the PIHABF presents The Flying Carnival 2020: A Weekend of Almost Everything that Flies. The event will feature exciting aviation exhibitions, thrilling balloon rides, as well as aviation career seminars.
The event will take place at San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite on March 6 to 8, 2020. The event starts at 5:30 AM with the balloons taking off at around 6:30 AM. It’s best to travel early and avoid congested traffic and parking conditions near the Balloon Fiesta Park.
You can either go by car or via public transportation. Depending on where you’re coming from, there are several route options that you can take. Know more about them here.
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Here’s what you can expect on a day frolicking about the fiesta grounds:
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Want to avoid traffic or waking up really early to travel? Planning on staying until the end of the fireworks display? Let yourself enjoy the festivities by booking a stay at a nearby hotel. Here are our top picks around the area:
Just 25 minutes away from the event venue, this hotel lets you experience five-star comfort and services while enjoying a beautiful landscape view of Nuvali. The hotel is right next to shopping and dining outlets, as well as a park with various recreational activity offers.
Located along Governor’s Drive at the heart of the historic city of General Trias, this hotel provides complete amenities and impressive facilities that will make your stay memorable. The hotel is also close to Carmona Leisure Park and is only 35 minutes via Governor’s Drive.
For PHP 3,500, you can have a one night stay with free breakfast at this hotel in Sta. Rosa. Apart from various room types and complete amenities, the hotel is only 20 minutes away from the park and is close to other attractions, like Enchanted Kingdom and Splash Island.
Affordable and homey, this bed and breakfast is the ideal choice if you’re on a budget but also want a comfortable place to get a good night’s rest after the festivities. Described as a “home away from home”, Madie’s Place is a great place to unwind and relax at and is only 30 minutes away from the event venue!
A new upscale resort in Silang, Cavite, Whitewoods Convention and Leisure Hotel is a pleasant accommodation for solo and group travelers. Only 36 minutes from the event venue, the hotel lets you enjoy great facilities and services at an affordable price!
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With deluxe suites starting from PHP 4,275 and it being less than a half-hour drive to the fiesta venue, Paseo Premiere Hotel is a sure win! It has spacious rooms and complete amenities great for quick getaways.
This hotel is only half an hour away from Carmona Leisure Park and offers great rooms, as well as spacious suites for group travelers with complete amenities and additional features, like the kitchenette and living room space. Technopark Hotel is less than a half-hour drive to the event venue.
If you’re looking for affordable stays with outstanding services, Spring Plaza Hotel offers comfortable rooms and amenities to complete your quick getaway to Cavite. The Balloon Fiesta venue is also just 30 minutes away!
Enjoy the balloon fiesta even while also exploring the many attractions Tagaytay City has to offer. Delight in the cool breeze and stunning lake view, as well as their comfortable rooms and dining options for as low as PHP 2,400 a night!
Cozy and just a stone’s throw away from the city’s main tourist spots, it’s a great stay option for your Cavite getaway. Although it may be a bit farther from the event venue, staying here means you’ll be able to extend the fun of your trip in Tagaytay, while also enjoying a comfortable stay for an affordable price.
Apart from the many well-known food chains and restaurants nearby, try these food places in Carmona:
Ready for take-off? Let your hearts take flight at this year’s Hot Air Balloon Fiesta! Book your tickets on Traveloka today!
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