Australia and The Philippines at the Philippine International Pyromusical Competition 2011 Final Night

Photos Courtesy of Angel Juarez

The Second Annual Philippine International Pyromusical Competition was a huge success and the final night of the competition was exciting, fun, and of course beautiful as we got to see the colossal displays of Australia and the Philippines in full color and with better than Dolby surround sound.

Fireworks from the Philippines
Fireworks from the Philippines

Unlike the fourth week, this time the weather was perfect and the crowd was in a jubilant mood as Australia, the last contestant to show their stuff gave a great performance. While they ultimately didn’t win the competition, they gave a pretty good performance with well choreographed explosions and bursts of music that worked well and made more than a few of the crowd members ooh and ahh.

Australia Fireworks
Australia Fireworks at the Philippine International Pyromusical Competition 2011

I mention Australia first because it is easy to forget about them when talking about the magnificent display put on by the hometeam, the Philippines. I’m a loyal fan, but I have to say, I thought the Philippines was the best performance of them all and I’m of a mind to speculate that maybe the Philippines chose not to win out of good grace and respect for all the other teams who had come to compete. Well the fact is that the Philippines is not a competing country since we are hosting the competition although the Philippines display was made up of great music, surprising explosions, and frankly, fireworks that were different from any of the other displays.

Fireworks from Australia - 2011 Pyromusical Competition
Fireworks from Australia – 2011 Pyromusical Competition

There were more than a few moments when the pyromusical display of the Philippines pulled great jazz moments, what I mean by that is that just as you were feeling comfortable and as if you could predict what would happen next, that was the moment something unexpected and wonderful would burst out like a salvo from the trumpet of Miles Davis in the middle of a deep groove.

Philippines at the International Pyromusical Competition 2011
Philippines at the International Pyromusical Competition 2011

As you’ll recall, I predicted that the winner would be China after seeing their amazing performance and that was how it played out. Okay, I admit, the Chinese fireworks were a worthy winner. Grand Champion was the Liuyang Jinsheng Fireworks Company. Taking first and second runner up were the UK’s Jubilee Fireworkds and the Japanese Tamava Kitahara Fireworks companies. While the UK and Japan both had great displays, I probably wouldn’t have put them above the Pinoy team, still, I enjoyed the heck out of all the winners.

I must agree, from the VIP seats in the Mall of Asia it was wonderful to see the displays reflected on the water throughout the entire competition but unfortunately, I was not able to go this time but thanks to Youtube videos uploaded by bloggers and spectators that we have invited to witness the event. I’m sure that this will continue to be an event that will inspire and bring more and more competitors. There is really nothing else like it.

  1. alex says

    wow, that looks like an amazing display.

  2. Boracay says

    WOAH! Magnificent! What a show! Maybe it’s nice to be really there.. but nice pics anyway.. thanks for sharing this.. 🙂
    did the Philippines won?

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