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[World Pyro Series.7] Congratulations Australia – First Pyro Olympic Champion!

Congratulations to Australia for being the first World Pyro Olympic Champion! Well Deserved! I’m fortunate to really see how beautiful the Australia in terms of the overall judging criteria (Choreography 30%, Material/Content 30%, Effects 20%, and Audience Impact 20%). The Choreography was soo beautiful that all my photos were photogenic. Australia literally lighted up the entire black sky and the grounds were shaking like it is an outdoor THX theater. I was betting on the US which also has all the oohs and aahs from start to finish but apparently choreography and effects was the edge of Australia. Maybe I should ask Ricky Crisostomo for the behind-the-scenes story if Australia was a runaway winner.

By the way, just for the record there were only 9 countries competing excluding Philippines since it is home territory and for sure we won’t match the sheer money that Australia and US can muster to have a jaw dropping fireworks. I have a Philippines Fireworks collection that will surely make us Filipinos proud (check out the last on the pyro series #8). Here are some behind the scenes photos of last nights Finale.

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[World Pyro Series.5] Day 4 of the Greatest Show in Manila


A Date with Fireworks

Day 4 of the World Pyro and I’m enjoying every moment of it along with all the other Filipinos who love world class entertainment. It was US and South Africa show and no doubt US was the clear winner with its “Shock and Awe” approach to Fireworks show. It was oohs and aahs throughout and I’m glad I made it to the show considering I came from a Viaje del Sol tour the whole morning. Here are some more scenes of families enjoying the fireworks show to give you a feel of the ambiance and environment in Diosdado Macapagal viewpoint.

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[World Pyro Series.4] Seaside — Best View of World Pyro for FREE!



I’ll let you in a little secret. The best view of World Pyro is at the back of Seaside Macapagal Blvd! You get to eat and sit while waiting for the fireworks. You can see the fireworks in all its glory. My objective in my photo is to take a portrait shot of me and my wife with fireworks in the background. This was the perfect place without the P100 entrance fee and it has sufficient lighting that you can take a shot in the foreground. The fireworks got mixed reaction with Russia having bigger fireworks but UK was I think the winner based on majority votes with its innovative firework formation. I tried to post the shots that I love for you to enjoy.

Before that some tips in Seaside:
1. Not a lot of people know Seaside Macapagal Blvd and they mistake this for Baclaran Seaside and got turn off when you say lets meet in Seaside. Best description of its location would be in front of World trade along Diosdado Macapagal.
2. Come in early before 7pm so that you can still get parking space at the back. Fireworks starts at 7.30-8.00 and 9.00-9.30pm so expect heavy traffic during this time because cars would literally be stopping at macapagal blvd.
3. Reserve @ Josefina’s outside patio where it is located at the back of Seaside Macapagal Blvd.
4. If you don’t know how to buy stuff in the wet market — don’t buy! At night, the fish is not fresh anymore so if you don’t know leave it to the restaurant to buy it for you.
5. Bring your camera and video cameras and bring the kids. It is fun to watch and will change their perspective of how enjoyable fireworks should be.

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Rain Disaster in Day 2 of World Pyro


Anxiously Waiting @ World Pyro, originally uploaded by antondiaz.

The weather did not cooperate this time. It was raining hard, as the clock ticks 7:00pm and even harder 30 minutes later when Germany is first scheduled to fire. We were in Diosdado Macapagal and endured the traffic as we saw motorists fighting to get into blue wave with the heavy rains. At 8pm, the fireworks started but it only lasted 2 minutes (I guess). Unfortunately, that was the sad story for Germany where its starting to get a lot better than the Australia show with a fountain formation in the beginning.

By 9pm, the rain stopped already and Korea started their show. It was soo beautiful! We were stuck in CCP desperately going back to the Seaside area to get the final glimpse of the fireworks show. We were so far, that we cannot shoot quality fireworks from where we are. We were all geared up with complete video cameras, tripods, recharged batteries, and the works… The oohhs and the aahhs where replaced by aaayyy, (sayang) with a firm resolute to watch it for the last 3 days… sigh 🙁

Bring Rain gear if you are going: Jacket, Umbrella, protective cover for camera..

UPDATE 12/28/05 — Apparently, at 10pm Germany was able to showcase their fireworks but most of the people went home already.

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[World Pyro Series.1] Awesome World Class Fireworks!


Where can you find the fireworks of 10 nations all in one venue? Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, Only here in the Philippines and it would be sad if you miss even just one of these 5 day World Pyro Olympics event in the Esplanade (formerly Promenade), in the Bay City Central Business Park, Pasay City. It is like the Y2K Fireworks experts of China, Australia, US, Russia, Korea, Germany, South Africa, UK, UAE and the Philippines all in a spectacular five-day show. Day 1 has been the show of China and Australia, and watching the Australia fireworks show is literally ground shaking and the entire dark sky is lit up in one spectacular colorful painting of light. After watching this, the Ayala Mall Fireworks would be a cheap baby version of these fireworks. Literally you would hear aahhs, and oohhs, in the crowd and at first I was not doing it, but the Australia show was so spectacular that the oohhs and aahhs just comes out of your mouth.

I encourage you to go even just to support Philippines on the last day Friday. I’ll share with you some tips on how to get the best experience and you’ll be glad you read this before going…

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Awesome Festivals

Test Drive of World Music Room @ Promenade

Finally, a third option for a Karaoke Gimmick aside from Red Box and Music 21! I was excited to hear this and it is located @ Promenade in Greenhills, so we sing our hearts out on Christmas Day with our cousins. It boast of high end facilities (LCD Plasma Screen TV and BePro Double Speakers for resonant acoustics) at competitive prices of P85/hour. What I love about it is that the food is great a lot better than Red Box and Music 21, the room acoustics are great, and the price for a gimmick would be P550/person including food and the room rental. What I hate about the place, is that the rooms are a lot smaller than Red Box (for a 10 person room, there is no room to dance which is critical); the sound proofing of the rooms was not done very well (people can here you even if the door is closed or even more if it is opened); and lastly, the songs are still not updated like you cannot find all the songs of eraser heads (only 3 songs), or songs of cueshe or other of the popular pinoy bands. But of course, Pinoy Ako (theme song of Pinoy Big Brother) is available which is now part of any Karaoke repertoire 🙂

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Food

Great Crepe Wrap but Lousy Photos


I must admit that Crepes & Cream will surely become a dessert destination from now on in The Fort (There is also a store in the ground floor, The Podium in Ortigas). It is besides the UCC Cafe Terraces which is now famous for that great night cap conversation with friends. The concept is simple, Great Crepe wrapped in a cone + Delicious Ice Cream + Yummy Toppings! Their main tagline is “Crepe wraps bursting with assorted filling, delectable ice cream, milkshakes, sundaes, coffee, and a whole lot more… “

Although, I would say that the photos in their main advertisement above well lacks the artistic touch — people bowing their heads, looking at the ice cream, or it lacked that authentic look of “I love crepes & cream”. So we also decided to make our own version of the photos… just a suggestion 🙂

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