Philippine International Pyromusical Competition 2017

The fireworks at the pyromusical competition held annually in Manila, Philippines, will make you go “Oh, oh, oh!, as it shoots across the sky-ay-ay”

The 8th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition is an annual explosive event that happens by Manila Bay. This can be viewed at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) baywalk area for a fee, the cost of which depends on your location within the baywalk. The painting of light with matching music as the fireworks burst can also be witnessed from the certain mall’s restaurants with partially open spaces facing the Manila Bay. These restaurants usually offer a dinner buffet while you watch the fireworks.  You can also see the fireworks for free, but with some limitations to the view, of course.

The pyromusical show usually starts in late February to March for five or six consecutive Saturdays. Two pyrotechnics companies from different parts of the world put on the show every week.  The winner is announced on the last Saturday of the season.

pyromusical competition

This year, I was able to watch the pyromusical competition, featuring Canada’s Garden City Display Fireworks and Hands Fireworks.  I went with my family and our neighbors, who fortunately had access to tickets, which were vouched to us for free. Yey!  We had VIP tickets and were already at the VIP section at around 5:30 PM so we could get a good spot to take photos and watch with no or little obstruction.

I was with my 4 year-old nephew and 2 year-old niece. They both enjoyed the vibrant display of light in the night sky firing in sync with the music, as much as we all enjoyed the show.  The show started at around 7:45 PM.  Food can be bought from the mall or from the several food carts lined near the baywalk.  We bought food from the mall and ate at our spot before the competition began.  (Note: Don’t forget to throw take away food on the proper garbage bins.  Never leave thrash where you ate.)

Let me share with you some snapshots of the colorful fireworks.


Philippine International Pyromusical Competition

Canada - Hands Fireworks

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Canada - Garden City Display Fireworks

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These are the ticket prices for the Pyromusical Competition this year:

Silver – Php 100.00

Gold – Php 300.00

VIP – Php 600.00

Patron with Dinner – Php 1,500.00

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  1. laurenza88 1 April, 2017 at 20:56 Reply

    These are such cool pictures! I really struggle to take any good shots at all of fireworks…what camera do you guys use?

    • findingjing 2 April, 2017 at 07:52 Reply

      Thanks Lauren! I’m using a DSLR. The best way to shoot fireworks is to use a tripod and keep the shutter open for about 6 seconds or more to have the light trail effect. If you’re not used to the manual mode, some cameras have the fireworks mode. All you need to do is make your camera steady. 🙂

  2. Vicki Garside 4 April, 2017 at 07:16 Reply

    Beautiful firework photographs! They can sometimes be so hard to capture and yours are so clear! Good work!

  3. Lara Dunning 4 April, 2017 at 17:52 Reply

    That sounds like quite the experience. I had the pleasure of watching the fireworks to music in a small town in Indiana. I loved it and still talk about it.

  4. Jes 5 April, 2017 at 00:57 Reply

    Great post. Interesting that you posted some “display” from Canada. They have an enormous fireworks competition here in Ottawa, Canada. It’s an amazing thing to experience!.

    • findingjing 5 April, 2017 at 12:30 Reply

      Hi Jes! Thank you. I went for one Saturday and Canada was scheduled for the show. Other participating countries are China, Germany, UK and the Philippines (one country every Saturday). Canada’s was amazing. 🙂

  5. The Roaming 9 April, 2017 at 14:13 Reply

    Wow this sounds really amazing! Love to watch firework shows, it’s a shame that we missed it as we will be going to Manila soon!

  6. Odin 13 February, 2018 at 16:51 Reply

    Hi can i ask how wide was the lens that you used and where is your spot in the area? I find it hard to capture the entire scene

    • findingjing 14 February, 2018 at 04:45 Reply

      Hello! I used an 11-16 mm wide angle lens. My spot during this time was at the VIP area, which is by the bay, almost next to the ferris wheel. If you don’t want to buy a ticket or you can’t capture the entire scene when that close, you can still shoot from outside the ticketed area and include the ferris wheel in the foreground, if you want.

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