The Hot Air Balloon Festival Philippines is finally back on its 23rd year and will happen on March! This year’s theme is “Flying Carnival 2020: A Weekend of Almost Everything That Flies.” Many people are now looking forward to the comeback of this huge event.

This longest-running aviation event in Asia started in 1996 so this is supposed to be the 24th year but it was canceled last year “due to the lack of commitment of government partners” according to the event’s organizers.

Now it is back and has a new location! In the previous years, the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta was always held at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. But this year, it will be in Carmona, Cavite.

The Hot Air Balloon Festival Philippines events will start at 5:30 am but the gates will already be open by 4:30 am. Make sure to catch the Night Glow at 6:30 pm and enjoy the different views and activities until the Fiesta grounds close at 9:30 pm.

You can watch the sunrise and sunset as balloons of all shapes and sizes fly in the air. You can also ride a hot air balloon, defy your fears and try tandem paragliding, attend a seminar in aviation, and eat and shop at the bazaar. And at the end of the day, fireworks are set to cap off.

Highlights of Hot Air Balloon Cavite

Night Glow

Electric Airplane Race and Combat

Hot Air Balloon Festival Philippines Dates

March 6, 7, & 8

Venue of Hot Air Balloon Cavite

San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite

Daily Schedule of Hot Air Balloon Cavite Activities

5 AM – Ticketing Gates Open

5:30 AM – Balloon Inflation with Paramotors & Dancers

7 AM – Helicopter Take-Off with Sky Divers & Helicopter Rides

7:15 AM – Paramotor Fly-By

7:30 AM – Skydiving Flag Jump

8 AM – Paramotor Slalom Race

9 AM – Electric Airplane Race and Combat

9:30 AM – Winch Tandem Paragliding Ride

9: 45 AM – Paragliding Spot Landing

10 AM – Helicopter Take-Off with Sky Divers and Helicopter Rides

10 AM to 3 PM – Aviation Career Seminar

10:15 AM – Jump Dogs Skydiving Formation Flying

10:30 AM – Extreme Motor Sports Exhibition and Rides

11 AM – First Person View Drone Race Exhibition

12 PM – Kite Flying Exhibition

1 PM – Extreme Motor Sports Exhibition and Rides

2 PM – First Person View Drone Racing Competition

3 PM – Winch Tandem Paragliding Ride

3:30 PM – Paragliding Spot Landing

4 PM – Extreme Motor Sports Exhibition and Rides

4:30 PM – Helicopter Take-Off with Skydivers and Helicopter Rides

4:45 PM – Jump Dogs Skydiving Formation Flying

5 PM – Paramotor Slalom Race

5:30 PM – Paramotor Fly-By

6:30 PM – Balloon Inflation

7 PM – Night Glow and Paramotors with Dancers

7:30 PM – First Person View Drone Night Race Competition  

8 PM – Fireworks (Saturday & Sunday only)

Hot Air Balloon Cavite Ticket Prices

PHP 500/person per day – Economy Class Ticket

PHP 3,500/person per day – Business Class Ticket

PHP 6,500/person per day – First Class Ticket

You can check their website for more info about the Hot Air Balloon Cavite package.

Hot Air Balloon Festival Tips

1. Wear a mask

2. Bring an umbrella or hat

3. Wear comfortable clothes

4. Bring water

5. Go to the festival early to get the best spot

The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is more than just a spectator event as it is a gathering of aviators from the Philippines and the world. What just began as a passion project after the 1991 Mt. Pinatubo eruption is now the longest-running sports aviation event in Asia!

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If the United States has Coachella, the Philippines has its own version of music festival—the Wanderland Festival.

Wanderland Music Festival is an annual tradition of showcasing live music and art. Wanderland prides itself on bringing in anticipated international indie bands with homegrown indie acts on the same stage to cater to a wide music taste. 

Since its first staging in 2013, Wanderland Music and Arts Festival has steadily grown into what is now a two-day celebration of music and arts showcasing live performances from local and international indie legends and up and comers, making it the premier music festival in the Philippines.


Wanderland 2020 Schedule

March 7 & 8, 2020


Filinvest City Events Ground, Alabang, Philippines

Wanderland 2020 Lineup

A whole new ballgame awaits as the Wanderland Festival returns on its 8th year. Expect a back-to-back slam of live music and live art with the theme sports and athletics. Wanderland 2020 event is getting bigger and better so brace yourself for the superb Wanderland 2020 lineup!

1. Joji

In 2013, George Miller a.k.a. Joji, wasn’t known for his music. He was known as a popular comic YouTube personality called Filthy Frank.

The half Australian, half Japanese singer and producer’s music blends melancholic themes and soulful vocals over trap, folk, electronic, and R&B.

In October 2018, Joji’s first full-length album BALLADS 1 was released and currently has over 1.2 billion streams. It debuted at number one on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart, making him the first artist from Asia to do so.

2. Foals

Foals is an English rock band from Oxford, formed in the late 2000s. The band’s line-up consists of lead vocalist and lead guitarist Yannis Philippakis, drummer and percussionist Jack Bevan, rhythm guitarist Jimmy Smith and keyboardist Edwin Congreave.

Some of their hits are “What Went Down,” “Late Night,” and “My Number.”

3. Sabrina Claudio

Sabrina Claudio is a 23-year-old R&B-rooted singer and songwriter who favors ballads that are low-key and aching in nature.

At 17, her parents believed in her talent that they moved the family from Miami to Los Angeles to allow her to pursue her passion.

She began releasing video covers on YouTube and Twitter first before recording her own singles. It was only in 2016 when she released her greatest hits “Runnin’ Thru Lovers,” “Orion’s Belt,” and “Confidently Lost” on SoundCloud.

Now, she has already released her sophomore album, Truth Is— her fourth release in two years. The album is riddled with intimate ballads about emotional dishonesty, sensual envy, and undying loyalty inspired by the experiences of others. 

4. Ben & Ben

Ben&Ben is a folk/rock band, with the following as members: Poch Barretto on electric guitar; Jam Villanueva on drums; Agnes Reoma on bass; Patricia Lasaten on keyboards, Toni Muñoz and Andrew de Pano on percussion; Keifer Cabugao on violin; and the twins Paolo and Miguel Guico on guitar and vocals.

This 9-member band is taking over the Philippine music industry by storm because of their songs that touch the hearts of their listeners.

They are the ones behind the songs “Maybe the Night,” “Kathang Isip,” “Pagtingin,” and “Masyado Pang Maaga.”

5. Ari Lennox

Courtney Shanade Salter, popularly known as Ari Lennox, is an American singer and songwriter from Washington, D.C. She is the first woman to be signed to J. Cole’s record label, Dreamville Records. In 2016, she made her commercial Dreamville debut with the Pho EP and followed up in 2019 with her first album, Shea Butter Baby, which hit the Billboard 200 chart at number 104.

Some of her great hits are “Shea Butter Baby,” “Whipped Cream,” and “Up Late.”

6. IV of Spades

This band definitely makes heads turn because they all look like they exited a time machine from the 1970s and found themselves in the middle of the 2010s. Their old-school style stands out as much as their funky, falsetto-filled songs do.

The 3-member band is composed of Blaster Silonga, Badjao De Castro, and Zild Benitez. Its former vocalist, Unique Salonga, left the group in 2018.

Some of their famous singles are “Mundo” and “Hey Barbara.”

7. Raveena

Raveena Aurora, also known as Raveena, is an Indian-American singer and songwriter. Her debut EP, Shanti, was released independently in 2017. Her first album, Lucid, was released independently in 2019 and distributed through Empire Distribution.

The 25-year-old singer creates music that is comforting but nuanced, balancing cultures by  mashing up contemporary R&B with traditions from the South Asian diaspora. With her music, Raveena aims for a “complete expression of the self.” 

8. Bruno Major

Bruno Major is a British R&B singer-songwriter. His music is mostly blissful, soulful, romantic and the perfect cure for any matters of the heart.

Some of his greatest hits are “Wouldn’t Mean a Thing,” “Like Someone In Love,” “Easily,” and “Places We Won’t Walk.”

9. Omar Apollo

Omar Apollo is known for his laid-back retro-soul and R&B sound and first emerged in 2016, posting songs like “Brakelights” online. 

He grew up in Hobart, Indiana, where he spent his youth skateboarding and received his first guitar at age 12 as a gift from his parents and taught how to use it by his uncle. It was in high school when Apollo recorded his own songs and worked at home on his laptop. He dropped out of college in 2015 and dedicated his time to music drawing upon an eclectic mix of influences including David Bowie, D’Angelo, Cuco Sánchez, and others. 

In 2018 he released his debut EP, Stereo, which featured songs in English and Spanish. Included on the album were the singles “Ugotme” and “Erase.”

10. Novo Amor

Ali John Meredith-Lacey, popularly known as Novo Amor, is a Welsh multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, sound designer, and producer. His music is a blend of indie pop and folk.

He released his first work in 2012 but became prominent after the release of his debut EP Woodgate, NY in March 2014. Since then, he has released multiple singles as Novo Amor, as well as collaborative work with Ed Tullett.

11. Flu

Unlike other band histories, Flu was formed when three of the members came together to fulfill the requirements of their music production class. 

Members Deus Vergel de Dios (vocals), Dieter Bautista (bass), John Rae Rebano (guitars), Luigi Aganinta (guitars), and Randall Enriquez (drums) play an intoxicating mix of soul, funk and R&B and disco—think feel-good music.

12. Ysanygo

In the music industry, it isn’t often that you come across a duo that makes “no-genre” music, but in the Philippines, siblings Ysa and Ygo Ferraz, also known as Ysanygo, are doing just that.

The siblings think that it might be difficult for the audience to distinguish if it’s an Ysanygo song because of the different genres. But they make it a point to have this certain lick or hook that binds everything together to make the song Ysanygo like hand claps or finger snaps.

Wanderland 2020 Tickets

Regular Wanderer: Early Entry – PHP5,500 (entrance strictly 2pm)

Regular Wanderer – PHP7,000

Star Wanderer (VIP) + Perks – PHP12,000 (express entrance, exclusive star wanderer kit, access to the viewing deck, VIP toilets, private bar, two free drinks)

Regular Wanderbuddies (Team of five) – PHP30,000

Star Wanderbuddies (Team of five) – PHP50,000 (express entrance, exclusive star wanderer kit, access to the viewing deck, VIP toilets, private bar, two free drinks)

You can book your Wanderland 2020 tickets at

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Southeast Asia has proven the world that it’s a beautiful summer destination. And just as beautiful as it is during the sunny days, the region is also a good place to spend Christmas as most of the countries here have grand Christmas celebrations to spread holiday cheer!

Looking for best places to spend Christmas in Southeast Asia? We’ve got you covered!


There’s nothing in the world quite like the holiday season in the Philippines. Preparations begin months in advance, that’s as early as September! Families celebrate the holidays together at home, and decorations often contain Christian themes and symbols. There are also lots of light shows performed during the Christmas season at different parts of the country. No wonder, the Philippines is the best place to spend Christmas in Southeast Asia.

Best places to celebrate in the Philippines


This island needs no introduction as this is a world-famous beach! Boracay has been listed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. 

Best places to eat in Boracay

Jonah’s Fruit Shake & Snack Bar, Spice Bird, Los Indios Bravos, and Halowich

What to love in Boracay 

You’d never run out of things to do in Boracay— from island hopping, water activities, bar hopping to just chilling at the beach. Everyone loves Boracay’s pristine beaches because of its fine white sand and clear blue water.

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La Union

La Union has been a favorite weekend destination for many Filipinos who want to escape the bustling city life. Most people come here to surf, while others enjoy LU’s best food spots. 

Best places to eat in La Union

Gefseis Greek Grill, Halo Halo De Iloko Balay, Makai Bowls La Union, and El Union Coffee

What to love in La Union

Though the beaches aren’t white sand, you can still relax here or surf the big waves. Aside from the beach life, people come here for the Instagram-worthy cafes in the area!

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If you’re looking for a place that offers a mix of modern city living, old traditions, and island life, Cebu is the place to be. One should not miss touring the city and Northern (for a relaxing tour) and Southern (for a thrilling adventure) parts of Cebu. 

Best places to eat in Cebu

House of Lechon, The Pyramid, The Oriental Spice Gourmet, Rico’s Lechon, and Big Jel’s Cebu

What to love in Cebu

Cebu may not be the capital of the Philippines but you’d see the modernity and progress of the province. Tourists can enjoy many activities Cebu has to offer— from the city tour, island hopping at Bantayan Island and even swimming with the whale sharks in Oslob.

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Aside from being famous for its undeniably delicious cuisine, Pampanga is also known for its Christmas celebration. Every year, they hold a Giant Lantern Festival where huge and colorful lanterns are paraded together with the dynamic street dance performances.

Best places to eat in Pampanga

25 Seeds, ESTOS Kitchen + Cafe, Piccolo Padre, L.A. Bakeshop, and Al Bacio Ristorante

What to love in Pampanga

When in Pampanga, you’ll never feel out of place as the locals are friendly. There are also many tourist spots to visit and the Kapampangan cuisine is something anyone should never miss!

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Being the central business district of Metro Manila, Makati has everything to offer. From the fine dining restaurants, best party hubs, or just a place to unwind and be one with nature, then Makati is the place to be. A must-visit place in Makati during December is the Ayala Triangle Gardens where you can watch the annual Christmas Light Show.

Best places to eat in Makati

Tapenade, Wildflour Café + Bakery, Early Bird Breakfast Club, Blackbird Makati, and The Wild Poppy

What to love in Makati

You can feel the festive environment during the Christmas season, there are many good hang out places especially in Poblacion, nice restaurants to try, and establishments and museums are walking distance.

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Indonesia may be one of the top summer destinations but it could also be your best bet to spend Christmas in Southeast Asia! Indonesia has about 17,000 islands and because of this, it’s hard to know which vacation-worthy spots should be visited first. From volcano climbing, island hopping and white-water rafting in Bali to temple hopping in Yogyakarta and searching for Komodo dragons in Komodo— you wouldn’t run out of things to do here. Indonesia definitely deserves to be on the top Christmas destinations in Southeast Asia.

Best places to celebrate in Indonesia


Dubbed as the Island of the Gods, Bali gives its visitors a dose of sun-kissed skin, sandy cheeks, spirituality and cultural pleasure all in one! This place also never disappoints to amaze tourists with its Balinese culture and architecture.

Best places to eat in Bali

Motel Mexicola, Bali Asli, Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen, and Chandi

What to love in Bali

What’s not love in Bali? It has everything we need for island life! Bali has many beautiful beaches, temples, and Instagram-worthy cafes.

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Jakarta is also the best place to spend Christmas in Southeast Asia because of its charismatic beauty and tons of activities that you can enjoy with your friends or family. 

Best places to eat in Jakarta

Bunga Rampai, Naughty Nuri, Hakkasan Jakarta, and Smarapura Resto

What to love in Jakarta

Jakarta offers some of the best shopping, dining, and nightlife in Southeast Asia. Aside from these, you’ll also love Jakarta’s natural landscapes, cool mountainous climate, and rich culture.

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Yogyakarta is the historical epicenter of Javanese art and culture. This place is the Cultural Hub that you should visit next.

Best places to eat in Yogyakarta

Abhayagiri Restaurant, Canting Restaurant, Mang Engking Soragan Castle, and Via Via

What to love in Yogyakarta

One thing to love here is the contemporary art scene that really sets this historic city apart from others. You’d also love the shopping districts here as you’ll find the best bargain buys!

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The city of Surabaya is not as well known on the tourism scene as other places in Indonesia. For most foreign visitors, the city is merely a transport hub but for locals, Surabaya is the bridge to the birth of the Indonesian nation because this is the place where the battle for independence began.

Best places to eat in Surabaya

BU Kris, Domicile Kitchen & Lounge, Layar Seafood, and Soto Ambengan

What to love in Surabaya

Its historic Arab Quarter, like mazy old Arabic town centers, is a fascinating complex of lanes, and the city has one of Indonesia’s biggest Chinatowns and some disintegrating but impressive, Dutch colonial architecture.

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Dubbed as the “Paris of Java,” Bandung has its old-world charm that captivates the hearts of the tourists. Bandung is also popular for being home to some of the best known indie rock bands in the country.

Best places to eat in Bandung

Dapur Dahapati, Batagor Kingsley, Tahu Susu Lembang, and Martabak San Francisco

What to love in Bandung

You’d fall in love with Bandung’s lush mountainous backdrop and its abundance in greenery. Another thing you’d admire is Bandung’s art deco buildings of Dutch colonial heritage.

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While it’s not snowing in Singapore, that doesn’t mean the Yuletide season will be less fun. In December, the city’s streets are turned into a whimsical land with its Christmas decorations. Singapore also offers a lot of festivities and amusements for everyone— from parties, concerts, art exhibits and of course, shopping bargains! That being said, Singapore is in the list of the top Christmas destinations in Southeast Asia.

Best places to celebrate in Singapore

Gardens by the Bay

When in Singapore, you should never miss Gardens by the Bay. It’s an iconic sight in Singapore thanks to the photogenic Supertree Grove and impressive indoor waterfall. This place surely will make your Christmas in Southeast Asia a December to remember.

What to love in Gardens by the Bay

Everything! You can spend a day and not get tired of walking around to see the spectacular views of the different gardens and parks, and the best shopping spots are found here. This place is surely a feast for the eyes.

Orchard Road

When it comes to shopping, Orchard Road in Singapore is a must-visit. With its seemingly endless row of malls, Orchard Road is surely a shopaholic’s haven.

What to love in Orchard Road

Aside from its popular retail scene, there are other things Orchard Road has to offer. You can enjoy its green parks, a view of the presidential palace, and sidewalk cafés.

Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore is Southeast Asia’s only Universal Studios theme park. The theme park is 20 hectares, that’s about the size of 25 football fields combined.

What to love in Universal Studios Singapore

The theme park offers some of the world’s most thrilling rides. If you’re feeling too adventurous, experience the thrill of the world’s tallest dueling roller coasters – Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYCLON.

Haji Lane

Haji Lane may be one of the narrowest streets in Singapore but it will surprise you in so many ways! There’s an abundance of fusion restaurants and bars all around. Also, it’s hard not to notice the incredible artwork on the building walls. 

What to love in Haji Lane

This place is best for indie-minded shoppers interested in trendy, youthful, affordable brands. Art lovers will also find this place more amusing rather than plain. Haji Lane is a great photo wall for the Instagrammers as it has so much vibrancy and quirkiness in the area.

Joo Chiat

Joo Chiat is known for being one of the first heritage towns in Singapore. This town is a mix of old and new. From traditional heritage shophouses to hipster bars and shops, this is definitely an area not to be missed when you are visiting Singapore. 

What to love in Joo Chiat

You’ll be amazed at how colorful and lively the place is. Every corner in Joo Chiat is Instagram-worthy and perfect for your OOTD shots! You can also find the cheap and authentic street food here.

Best places to eat in Singapore 

Latteria Mozzarella Bar, Alley on 25, and Brotzeit

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Just like other top Christmas destinations in Southeast Asia, Malaysia’s celebration is filled with warmth, cheers, and excitement. During the Christmas season in Malaysia, everyone can enjoy the best bargain buys, music festivals, night parties or just a chill day.

Best places to celebrate in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

This place never fails to amaze tourists with its colonial architecture, countless natural attractions, jaw-dropping skyscrapers, and dazzling skyline. But more than these things, Kuala Lumpur’s locals are what also make the city a must-visit.

Best places to eat in Kuala Lumpur

Jalan Alor Night Food Court, JOLOKO, Serena Brasserie, and Devi’s Corner

What to love in Kuala Lumpur

You’ll be amazed at the traditional and whizzy modern skylines and skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur. Though you’ll see the modernity of the city, they manage to progress without losing their rich culture.

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Langkawi is off the grid for most tourists but others won’t let their Malaysia trip go by without visiting here. It has 99 islands, enough to call the attention of those in-the-know.

Best places to eat in Langkawi

Pia’s the Padi, Orkid Ria Seafood Restaurant, The Cliff Langkawi, and The Gulai House

What to love in Langkawi

Langkawi’s heavenly islands always amaze its visitors as the views are breathtaking. The place is rich in tapestries of culture, wildlife, and vibrant rituals.

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Penang is best known for its glorious and mouth-watering street food. Some say Penang is Asia’s next foodie city.

Best places to eat in Penang

Kheng Pin Cafe, Gerai Gerai Padang Brown, Air Itam Asam Laksa, and First Famous Federal Restaurant

What to love in Penang

Forget the city but never miss trying Penang’s street food! Aside from its famous food scene, you’ll also love Penang’s street art and its unique blend of architecture. 

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Together with George Town, Melaka has been named by UNESCO as Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca. It is rich with heritage buildings, ancient landmarks, and colonial structures— the imprints of British, Dutch and Portuguese forces left behind.

Best places to eat in Melaka

The Baboon House, Geographer Café, Veggie Planet, and Seri Nyonya Peranakan Restaurant

What to love in Melaka

Explore and get lost to Melaka’s historic streets as it brings you back to the past. The place has an amazing architecture that mesmerizes tourists. Thus, becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Kota Kinabalu

If you’re looking for a very laid-back and relaxed city in Malaysia, consider visiting Kota Kinabalu (KK). This place is ideal if you’re looking for an adventure as it has a lot of things to offer whether it be diving, tanning at the beach, wildlife watching or Mt. Kinabalu trekking.

Best places to eat in Kota Kinabalu

Little Italy, Brass Monkey, Kohinoor North Indian Restaurant, and Welcome Seafood Restaurant

What to love in Kota Kinabalu

KK is easy to get around, but more than this, you’ll love the friendly locals, breathtaking fiery sunsets, lively arts, and music scene and a rich culinary spectrum spanning street food to high end.

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