The Philippine International Pyromusical Competition is already in its 4th year, and this is the first time I got the opportunity to watch. I expected lots of fire - the word being pyro speaks lots of it. My piece of opinion? Well, they just painted the dark sky with lights and colors. And OMG!
The Philippines hosted this World Pyro Olympics and was held at SM Mall of Asia. The event lasted from February to March, usually with 2 competing countries participating every Saturday.
Australia, being the 1st runner up during last year’s, was expectedly beautiful. I focused on my photography technicalities I missed some spectacular fire displays. My lens not wide enough, my position not near enough, or not far enough, or should I be on one side – I totally forgot about my heart, I forgot about the music. By the time I turned my head to adjust my location, I heard people saying, ohhh wow! And puff! And I so think I missed Australia’s best fire arrangement. That’s the consequence when shooting for others. I realized I should shoot for the love of shooting.
Tickets were sold at 1,500 for the seaside view and dinner. I could just imagine a prenuptial shoot: couple sharing a table with fresh flowers as centerpiece while they hold hands and look at each other’s eyes, oblivious of the magnificent display of lights and colors and sounds behind them. There’s a 100-peso ticket for the general patronage and a free viewing if you only want to see the after effects of fireworks.
My 1,500-peso ticket was sponsored by a very generous friend, Sangkay Gil and his wife, Jessie. Of course, let me thank Che too for actually reserving another 1,500-peso ticket for me, unused. While I thought of a 500-peso ticket, with only a barricade away from the buffet area, Che was kind of saying what would I see with 500? Such people deserved to be mentioned here for not minding the 1000-peso difference for a full view of pyro display. Thank you, guys, for the privilege. I got my eyes alive feasting the colors of fire in the sky. I could settle now for more coffee in the future – be it Starbucks or barako or 3-in-1.