Tuesday, November 10, 2009

World Pyro Olympics 09 blasts off at The Fort

For the World Pyro Olympics, 2009 will be different.  

A new venue -- The Fort Open Grounds at Bonifacio Global City.   
A new twist - the country's first-ever pyro-musical with fireworks choreographed to music. And a new approach -- a virtually whole-day affair starting at 3pm every Saturday beginning November 21 until December 19. 

From the roster of participants, the 2009 edition sounds really exciting -- past champions China (Glorious Entertainment), Australia (Explosive Productions) and Italy (Parente Fireworks) are joined by South Korea (Hanwha), Germany (NICO-Lunig), Japan (Marutayama), Canada (Pyro Studios) and the United States (Remote Effects Systems). The Japan performance promises to be a spectacle worth queueing for as the featured fireworks group is the same one that has enthralled five generations of Japanese emperors.

I've come to like the SM MOA as a venue for the past exhibitions because of the photographic possibilities along the bay although I understand that there were limitations there -- congestion and crowd control for example.  For this year's edition, what's welcome news is the availability of shuttle service from different pick-up points.  Details to be announced later in this blogspace.
Schedule of Performances:  21 November - Germany & China 
• 28 November - Canada & Australia 
• 5 December - Japan & Italy 
• 12 December - Korea & USA 
• 19 December - Fellowship of Fire and 
exhibition by the award-winning La Mancha Group (Philippines) 
• Gates open at 3pm, fireworks display starts at 6.30pm   

Details: General admission tickets available at Ticketworld outlets, Ayala Cinemas, Robinsons Department Stores and National Bookstores • Ticket prices: VIP (P1,500 incl. Via Mare dinner) • Special Viewing Area - P500 • General Viewing Area - P200 • for more info, visit www.worldpyroolympics.com 
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