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All roads led to Angeles City, Pampanga, for the opening ceremonies of the 10th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition (PIPC) held for the first time at SM City Clark. Locals, including foreigners living in the city patiently, waited as the Pampanga skyline bursts with vibrant colors, as the country’s very own Platinum Fireworks Inc. took to the sky opening the festivity together with an amazing drone-exhibit show.
The much-awaited pyromusical show is a tradition at the SM Mall of Asia that has brought endless enjoyment to millions of Filipinos each year. But in support of the ongoing Manila Bay rehabilitation program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, SM Supermalls has decided to move the 10th edition to SM City Clark starting from February 23 to March 30.
SM Supermalls Senior Vice President Steven Tan welcomed the media, guests, participants and mall goers as the first contender, CBF Pyrotechnics from Belgium, also presented their pyrotechnic delights.
Accordingly, the pyrotechnics competition always complies with international standards for environmental safety, at par with countries, like Canada, Australia and Hong Kong, and famous theme parks around the world for the past nine years.
Tickets to the 10th PIPC are available at www.pyrophilippines.com, through SM Tickets and Cinemas, and SM Mall of Asia and Clark ticket booths. This magnificent family-friendly bonding experience is made possible with Platinum Fireworks Inc., the city of Angeles, Pampanga, the Department of Tourism, Tourism Promotions Board, Philippine Reclamation authority and others.
The annual PIPC photo contest will also highlight entries from amateur and professional photographers wherein will receive special prizes from PIPC’s partners and sponsors.
The PIPC’s annual program has 10 competing countries taking on a battle of breathtaking fireworks performances amid the symphony of sounds. On March 2 Germany’s ninth PIPC champs “Steffes-Ollig Feuerwerke” and Portugal’s “Pirotecnia Minhota” will treat crowd with their tradition and mastery of skills in the sky.
On March 9 the Pampanga skyline will witness France’s “Brezac Artifices”, followed by a burst of vibrant colors by Finland’s “Oy Pyroman”. Italy’s very own “Viviano SRL” and last year’s champion, United Kingdom’s “Pyrotex Fireworx”, will battle it out on March 16.
Canada’s turn to paint the night sky bursting with colors will be on March 23 with their very own “Fireworks Spectaculars” and China’s “Polaris Fireworks” will surely stun the crowds.
To cap off the competition and close a decade of giving the best pyromusical exhibition in the Philippines, March 30 promises the most spectacular display of colors and surprises with Poland’s “Surex Firma Roidzinna” and the country’s own Platinum Fireworks Inc. in a grand finale like no other.
Leony R. Garcia