Hot air balloon fest 2014 cancelled

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – The 2014 Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival (PIHABF) here will be cancelled, an officer of the state-run Clark Development Corporation (CDC) confirmed Wednesday.

Tourism Office Manager Noemi Garcia said the organizers of the annual event have decided to come up with a resolution to cancel the Hot Air Balloon Festival 2014 since it is “too soon already for PIHABF 2014.”

The decision came up after the meeting of Captain Joy Roa of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Atty. Arthur Tugade, President and Chief Executive Officer of CDC.

The event, usually attended by thousands of foreign and local tourists, is slated every third week of February.

Talks among CDC, AFP, DOT and the organizer to finalize the decision to formally cancel or to just reschedule the annual event is expected to come soon before Christmas.

Garcia said that a full explanation for the cancellation of the event would soon be released by CDC.

She, however, said that enthusiasts should expect a more grandiose and bigger hot air balloon festival in 2015.

The PIHABF is the longest running balloon event in Asia. An estimated 60,000 visitors from the country and from around the world come annually to see the event.

This three to four day hot air balloon event is considered as the biggest aviation sports event in the Philippines.

The festival features hot air balloons from Philippines and other countries, aerial shows, and other exhibitions.