Time to celebrate! Ang buhay ay parang gulong. Sometimes you see debris. Other times, pyromusical.
This year, the 5th of the Philippine International Pyromusical Competition is my second to watch. This year is special though. I get to be in MOA for 3 Saturdays, I get to see the 5th year 3 times too. I did watch Spain and UK on February 22. Che was generous enough to offer me the patron seat with dinner. Since I was solo, and the table was shared with strangers, I did not eat much. But I feasted on the fireworks right before my camera eye.
I was back in Manila on March 15, a Saturday. Went straight to MOA. Arrived late. Canada was playing, I did not catch up Finland. I was still in Manila on March 22, Saturday. Rhea’s clan watched the show, a swooping PhP19,500 went up the air along with the fireworks. Che’s family had a reservation for 4 in Watami Japanese Restaurant, 2nd level, MOA where the view I thought was better than by the bay. I requested Che that we swapped location. She had to leave her family and join Rhea’s group because me myself and I must now watch the pyro from a different view. I take pictures, period. So Che off went to MOA bay. Hugs to the two – Rhea and Che. I was pampered by these 2 sweetest girls in the world!
But here’s the catch! The March 22 schedule is the last day of the pyromusical. The Philippines, being the host, and being the winner of similar competition held in other countries, presented its winning entry. I heard ooohhhhs and aaahhhs. That was really flattering and bias since 98%, my guess, of those who watched were from the Philippines (hehehe). They showed “I LOVE MOA” in fireworks. Christmas Parol, one similar to Pampanga’s, burst in fireworks. Flagpoles of the different participating countries burst in fireworks. Sarah Geronimo sang and her skies burst in fireworks. And I did not see the I LOVE MOA, I did not see the PAROL, I did not see SARAH. All because I swapped location from the bay area to the 2nd level. Beeeh. Of all the entries I watched, I pinned the best pictures from the Philippine pyro.
This year, Canada won. But more than all their winning entries, I emerged as the winner. Nothing now can stop me from celebrating life. Cheers to friends who never stop believing in fireworks. Cheers!
boris p pascubillo
he writes to affirm desiderata's with all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. he makes photographs to shoutout that when God created this homeland, He saw that it was good.