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Confusion fills air over balloon festival

A HOT AIR balloon takes off as the sun rises during the 2012 Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta at Clark Freeport. JUN MALIG/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

Conflicting information on the upcoming hot air balloon festival in Lubao town in Pampanga province is creating confusion among people, including netizens.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

DOT hires Tacloban’s tourism students


Angel Mae Basibas, a 19-year-old tourism student of ABE College here, has found a way to continue her schooling after storm surges brought by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” washed away her parents’ jeepney and store—the family’s sources of livelihood—along with their house and other belongings.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Clark hot air balloon fest vanishes into thin air

This former United States air force base will not host the annual hot air balloon festival this year, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT).

Posted: February 12th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

DOT execs, workers told to return bonuses

The Commission on Audit has found something sour in the P230-million fund from the Disbursement Acceleration Program meant for a milk feeding program that had 52 proponents, including Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc and an NGO associated with a sister of President Aquino. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

State auditors have asked officials and employees of the Department of Tourism (DOT) to return P162.4 million in bonuses and allowances they received in 2011 and 2012.

Posted: January 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Safety issues raised over hot air balloon fest

GIANT hot air balloons take off from the Clark Freeport during the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in February 2012. JUN MALIG/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

CLARK FREEPORT—The foundation that has been organizing the annual hot air balloon festival here since 2000 has expressed concern about the safety requirements related to the ballooning event set to be held by the Department of Tourism (DOT) in April.   In a statement sent to the Inquirer, the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta [...]

Posted: January 8th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »