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Thursday, February 9, 2012

2012 Philippines 17th Hot Air Balloon Fiesta VIP Parking

VIP Parking

One of the biggest problems plaguing this popular event in Clark Philippines is transportation to the Hot Air Balloon site in Clark. Even those who drive to Clark Pampanga have trouble finding a convenient place to park. Aggravations and frustrations with transportation problems have been the bane of previous Philippines Hot Air Balloon Fiestas in Clark Pampanga.

For those who drive to the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark, Pampanga, they are well advised to make plans for parking. The limited parking facilities at the Hot Air Balloon Festival site fill up very quickly. Although parking is available in many places throughout the city of Clark, these are not very near to the Hot Air Balloon fiesta site so visitors who drive and park in Clark should expect a 15 to 30-minute walk from and back to the place that they parked their cars.


Specially added in 2012 to the Clark Hot Air Balloon Festival is VIP parking made available by Clark Wine Center, a property of Yats International. Located near to the Clark Hot Air Balloon Festival, the parking facilities of this famous wine shop in Pampanga are sought after by travelers. Only 100 slots are available in this VIP Hot Air Balloon parking lot in Clark Wine Center, hardly enough to accommodate the hundreds of vehicles that will not be able to find parking in the hot air balloon fiesta public parking area.

Clark Wine Center, Philippines’ largest wine shop is located in Clark Freeport, at a location that is very near the place where the balloons are parked. This is considered the best vantage point to watch the hot air balloon take off and return to earth. Pre-dawn breakfast is served to the lucky few who got tickets in advance to a ring-side seat at this venue, on Saturday and Sunday morning at 5am to 8am.

Clark Wine Center
MA Roxas Ave corner A Bonifacio Ave, Clark Freeport
(045) 841-4006 0922-870-5173 0916-542-6602 Ana Fe

Note: I am not affiliated in anyway to Yats International  or Clark Wine Center. This is not a paid post. I hope Yats have given an accurate information at their site. I will give you feedback if this information shared by Yats at their web page is accurate. Thanks! I paid for my parking in advance last Friday.  I hope I get my money's worth.


Getting to the location site of the 2012 Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark Philippines from Manila is not fun at all. Especially if you will take public transportation. In previous Hot Air Balloon events, visitors experienced problems catching the connecting rides after the bus arrived in Dau in Angeles city, especially during Saturday and Sunday of the Hot Air Balloon Festival weekend. These problems are no comparison to the difficulties in getting a jeepney ride leaving the Clark Hot Air Balloon Fiesta site to get back to the bus terminal in Angeles City for the ride back to Manila. Many visitors were stranded for literally hours waiting to get out of Clark.
Good news fellow Hot Air Balloon enthusiast! This year 2012, a special Hot Air Balloon bus service is available. Participants board the special bus in a designated pickup location in Manila and travel to Clark in comfort, resting up during the 90-minute journey arriving refreshed and ready to enjoy the festivities of the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark. Visitors arrive at the entrance of the 2012 Hot Air Balloon Fiesta site in Clark and board the shuttle service at the Clark Wine Center near to the site to return to Manila.
Tickets to this special Hot Air Balloon Fiesta bus service must be purchased in advance. Round-trip ticket price is P 550 . Yes this is round-trip. No one-way ticket available. You have an option to buy the Hot Air Balloon Tickets @ P 230 from them to avoid long lines at the site. Only a small number of seats are available and once tickets are sold out, no more will be made available.

Ticket holders will board the bus between 6:45 to 7am in Ortigas Metro Manila, opposite the Philippines Stock Exchange Center (Tektite) where there is plenty of public parking. 

The Hot Air Balloon Festival shuttle will depart promptly so please arrive on time. Those who miss the departure may still board the bus for the return trip from Clark back to Manila. The bus will depart from Clark at 5:30 p.m. expecting to arrive in Manila at around 7 to 7:30 p.m. 

Note: Any last-minute schedule adjustments will be communicated to ticket holders via email and/or phone so please always check your emails and text messages.

Yats International Leisure Philippines
3003C East Tower, Philippines Stock Exchange Center,
Exchange Road, Ortigas, Metro Manila, Philippines 1605
(632) 633-1566 0917-540-3626 0917-530-6242 ask for Rea or Joann

Don’t let problems and inconveniences put a damper on the thrills and excitement of the 2012 Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Clark, Pampanga. Plan your trip and secure bookings and tickets well in advance and enjoy this famous annual festival in style and comfort.

Note: I am not affiliated in any way with Yats International Leisure Philippine. This is not a paid post. I learned about their shuttle bus and ticket services and find it helpful to the general public, that is why I shared this information to you my readers. I did not receive anything from Yats or from its owners or employees. I even paid for my parking fee at the V.I.P. Parking and would be paying for my ticket at the gate too. Please direct to their website or call them directly if you have any complaints or dissatisfaction with Yats International Leisure Philippine. Thank you very much.




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