Sm Mall invited us through Melo Villareal last Saturday.Ada and I met at MRT-taft Avenue at around 5:30pm. We anticipated heavy traffic in the area so we thought of going earlier despite the competition not starting until 7pm. Surprisingly, the traffic was not heavy. See, good traffic management works. hahaha
Too much in the traffic and on to the main event. We were given VIp seats and therefore a good angle to the fireworks, with the tripod all set up, all that's left is the photographers skill. Something I have no savvy when it comes to long exposures especially fireworks. Hope my narration could compensate.lol
First to show was CHINA.I have always loved China. You know--firewoks, China-always synonymous for me.I actually saw the inviation for the Pyrolympics on its first week I but I refused to go, that is, after missing the firewoks display in Victoria Harbor last lunar new year, I simply lost interest. Good thing I got it back this time in the 3rd week of the event. Better late than never.
China's presentation lasted for around 20 minutes and the music which goes with the visuals sustained the show. The musical was dramatic and the display was equally entertaining and lively. We were shooting and cheering at the same time. It has been a trademark for China to have it on a grand scale, layers after layers of heavy bursts. As a result, my shots were over-exposed. haha. Only shows my amateurish take on long exposures.
Second in the night was the team from France after 30 minutes or so interval. Had our chance to eat dinner at the VIP area and chit chat with Ada and Gael. I missed the team western Pangasinan girls you know. Also had to adjust the settings para di na fail shots.
France was kinda photogenic because its more colorful. But I find the music kinda boring. Maybe I am just not so much into classical things. But Ada also agreed on that aspect. The choreography was also average. Some dull moments in between heavy explosions. Gave me the impressions na tinipid --like they didn't really spend enough for it. Overall, the display was just average. The crowd just cheered heavily during the closing shots.
The verdict. China was still the runaway winner between the two teams. The crowd was upbeat all throughout the show while France still has a lot of things to work on their presentation. I hope China would use more colorful fireworks next time though to make it more appealing on photos. Then again, this is a pyromusical competition, so it's not just about the cheer appearance of the fireworks but how it blends well on the music. China was successful on that regard.
It was a good performance night. Also got the chance to meet new people, James and Izah who are both members of Pinoy Travel Bloggers, our facebook group. Twas nice to meet you guys.
Thanks SM Supermalls for sponsoring this event. For those who are interested, there are still for teams left so better not missed the 2nd Philippine Pyromusical Competition. You have to wait another year if you do. D:
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