As much as i try to ‘unrelate’ the heavy, excruciating 4 hour traffic to this really fantastic event, much to my dismay, i failed. i too became a victim of such endemic to Manila disaster. driving along EDSA from Guadalupe bridge down to MOA would only take about 30mins on a regular day, but with the Pyromusical competition doing the works, dude, 3 hours stuck in traffic was so not worthy…and yeah the 1 hour left was spent in looking for ample parking space w/c by the way was about a kilometer away from the venue.
another not-so-good thing about this was i left my tripod in Cebu, and there was no way for me to borrow one because i don’t know any photographer in Luzon that would allow me to borrow their tripod. maybe they’ll also use it for this competition hehe. ending, i had to settle shooting a fireworks competition hand-held. tsk tsk.
moving forward, watching this competition is in a way both planned and unplanned. for one this competition ran for 4 consecutive Saturdays from February 19 to March 12 with 2 competing teams performing each Saturday.
February 19, 2011 – UK vs Portugal
February 26, 2011 – China & France
March 5, 2011 – Japan & Canada
March 12, 2011 – Australia & Philippines
for two, i watched it on the last day of the competition because my schedule permitted me so. also, it was the time that me and my college batch mates agreed to see each other for a mini reunion and meeting up in MOA (and watching the pyromusical) would be a great way to kick off the reunon.
I didnt really expect to much anymore because i knew the powerhouse teams of UK (last year’s champions) and China (where every firework is made lol) already performed the previous weeks and i wasnt really sure if Australia will deliver a plaucible performance as well. admittedly, i under estimated our very own special entry and already judged it as mediocre even before they even start to perform. But hell i was wrong. yes, the Philippine’s entry may not be at par with the winners but then watching it with several hundreds of thousands of Filipinos eager to appreciate their ‘sariling atin’ with cheers and applause almost every other second gave me goosebumps and made my heart palpitate for the whole 30 mins. of fireworks. what also made it different from the rest of the entries was the way its musical scoring was arranged. it used modern pop music ranging from waka waka to bruno mars’ ‘just the way you are’ (which showcased fireworks with smiley faces everytime the song plays ‘when i see your face, its not a thing that i would change…’ part) and of course Katey Perry’s ‘Firework’. with the modern touch to it also incorporated music from a philharmonic orhcestra which was perfectly integrated to the whole musical composition. the Philippine entry also was the only entry that had fireworks at the audience area.
i was dancing and singing all through out the performance that i didn’t bother taking too much pictures of the fireworks. i was also using my UWA and 50mm lens so either way i had to go really near or ran towards the back to get better shots.
as a first timer i wasnt too strict on myself to get the best view and to get the best photos. i just felt i need to enjoy the moment and enjoy the fireworks since its my first time. so here are some observations and tips for next year’s pyromusical competition
1) drive early towards MOA as early as lunch time. throngs of people are already in MOA by that time so if you dont want to be stuck in HEAVY traffic, then go to MOA EARLY.
2) leave super duper late. if you dont want to get stuck in traffic again when yopu leave MOA, then leave super late. we chilled and had a few drinks in Blue wave MOA until around 12mn before we left, trust me again, there were still a number of people around MOA.
3) park far away from the mall itself. i am always an advocate of parking far away from where the venue is because i really dread looking for a parking space in an already full parking and also, i hate leaving the parking space and it would take me hours upon hours to leave. MOA utilized the vacant lots all around it as parking spaces. i get the chance to park at the farthest where there was less traffic and less cars. i just had to walk though. exercise.
4) if you have money then invest on the VIP area. tickets would cost you around 1000P – 1500P with free dinner. you are also seated right at the center so the view of the fireworks competition is nonetheless spectacular. i opt to buy the Gold tickets which cost me 200P. there are too many people though in this area, and too many photographers so your blessed if your able to find a perfect spot with a perfect view minus the heads and the cameras lurking infront of you.
5) the fireworks display can also be seen even in the ‘free’ areas. in fact as i try to figure, the 2nd floor of MOA where restaurants facing Manila bay are situated can also have the best view for the competition. i would suggest though that you eat at the restaurants there or try to reserve for a seat right infront so that nothing can block your view.
6) eat something first, then have a very late dinner after. the fireworks competiion does not start at 7pm as scheduled. when i was there, it started at arund 830pm and ended about 10pm. you wouldnt really want your spot to be taken by others just because you went out to eat or buy stuff. and trust me almost all of the restaurants in MOA are jampacked with people so just do the math.
7) lastly, don’t forget to dance and cheer for your very own. enjoy and be proud sa gawang pinoy! and yes its not bad dancing the waka-waka!
here’s the video (parts of it) for the Philippines as guest entry to the Pyromuscial competition.
here are the videos of the winning countries:
2nd runner-up: JAPAN
1st runner-up: UK
Grand Champion: CHINA