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.
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
Canada - Garden City Display Fireworks
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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