Families and individuals experienced another exciting and action-packed weekend at the recent Frontrow Hot Air Balloon Fest (HABF). Once again, Clark paved the way for the much anticipated annual event at the Clark Global City grounds. Guests got up-close the eye-popping, larger-than-life hot air balloons in all shapes and sizes from professional balloonists from different parts of the world. Some of the guests were even able to tick one item off their bucket list when they got the chance to ride the tethered balloons.
This year’s HABF was filled with activities for guests at any age. Kids had a blast at the inflatable and slide attractions, magic show, bubble show, and cartoon character shows. The adults got to enjoy a wide selection of food and shopping choices and were treated to a nightly concert featuring some of the hottest local bands such as Slapshock on Friday, Kamikazee on Saturday and SM City Clark Castaway bands Ely Buendia, Hale, and Unique Salonga on Sunday.
Car and motorsports enthusiasts had their treat at the HABF, as it is the host event of some of the most anticipated motorsports event, which includes the National Drift Championship, National Slalom Series, Philippine Rallycross Series, and Philippine Autocross Championship Series. The Philippine Autocross Championship series was dominated by Carlos Anton (37.61 in FWD Class), Inigo Anton (38.05 in FWD Class), Estefano Rivera (38.27 in FWD Class), Jevoy Moreno (39.80 in EMC Class), and Mikko Briones (39.88 in EMB Class), who were named Overall Top 5. The 2nd leg of the 2019 Race Motorsports Club Phoenix Pulse Technology National Slalom Series named Estefano Rivera of PMMS Racing Team as the overall best time of the day and front wheel best time of the day by clocking 39.10. Teammate Powee Base came in second with 39.84, closing the 3rd spot is Jevoy Moreno of JAF Racing Team with 40.32, Richard Gallardo with 40.70 claimed 4th, and Douglas Maningding of Speedmode Racing Team came in 5th with 41.50. Joseph Ortega of Pongga Racing Team captured the Rear Wheel Production Best Time of Day with 42.90. While Rod Chang of JAF Racing Team Bulacan bagged the Novice Best Time of the day with 42.06.
Meanwhile, in the National Drift Championship, Boodie Dabasol was named Champion in the Pro Class, followed by Mark Bernardo in 2nd Place, Ralph Tan in 3rd Place and David Feliciano in 4th Place. In the Amateur Class was dominated by Patrick De Guzman as Champion, Luis Sayson came in 2nd Place, Junjun Yapo in 3rd Place, and Ali Khalid in 4th Place. The best Livery award went to Boodie Dabasol, while Best Team award went to Team GMW. Rally Cross winners are, Choy Mabunay, Harly David, and Tygr Espino for Group 1; Steve Acayan, Paul Santos, and Mon Dimapilis for Group 2; Louie Camacho, Mon Dimapilis, and Paul Santos for Group 3; John Dizon, Marvin Susara, and Paul Santos for Group 4; Johnsy Reyes, David Feliciano, and Charlie Cruz for Open Class; JC David, Jerome Arcenas, and Allan Sarmiento for UV Class; Aldrich Garcia and Keanu Dominado for AWD Class; Jun Magno and Raab Hizon for RWD Class.
Additionally, the HABF was also the event that hosted the dance competition that gathered 11 dance groups from different cities. Bagging the 3rd place is United Boys from Pampanga, 2nd place was cornered by Junior FMD Extreme from Marikina, while another group from Marikina, Kingdom Warriors, took home the 1st place slot.
The winners were adjusted as the best by a panel of experts in the field of dance, including Gab Valenciano, an award-winning dancer, music producer and performer. Valenciano is also the creative director and top earner for Frontrow International. Also part of the judges were Tet Andolong, a former Dyna Dancer and the editor of the Motoring, Property and Journey sections of Business Mirror; and Samantha Regino former street, jazz and contemporary dancer and the present marketing manager of Backstage Events.
The Frontrow Hot Air Balloon Fest was sponsored by Frontrow International, co-presented by SM City Clark, powered by Phoenix Pulse Technology, and in partnership with Clark Global City, Leechiu Property Consultants, and Holy Grill. Cebu Pacific Air is the official airline partner. Other supporters of the event are: NLEX/SCTEX, Dickies Philippines, San Miguel Brewery, The Medical City Clark, Pioneer Life Inc., and PAGCOR. Media partners include Business Mirror, Autocar, The Manila Times, and Wheelsph. Backstage Events is the official event management partner of The Frontrow Hot Air Balloon Fest.
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