The Philippine International Pyromusical Competition brings together the world’s best firework groups in an exhilarating contest. The annual competition is about to kick off once again in Manila and here’s everything you need to know about it.
The Competition Format
The annual competition used to be called World Pyro Olympics and it’s been running since 2005. After rebranding, the first Philippine International Pyromusical Competition took place in 2010. This year’s competition aims to celebrate the 10 years of the show.
The competition is held in the capital of the Philippines, Manila. Several companies from different countries come together and put on their best performance. The groups compete over who can put together a stunning fireworks display and do so whilst utilising music.
The Philippine International Pyromusical Competition takes place over 5 weeks with two teams performing each Saturday. Judges choose the winner, although there is an award for audience favourite as well.
Below is the performance by one of last year’s winners Pyrotex Fireworkx from the UK. The group had a tie for the top spot with a German group Steffes-Ollig Feuerwerke. Both are returning to the competition this year so it’s interesting to see what happens!
Philippine International Pyromusical Competition in 2019
The Philippine International Pyromusical Competition will start on 16 February, with the final show taking place on 23 March. As mentioned, each Saturday you will witness two teams performing their display. On the opening and closing days, Platinum Fireworks from the Philippines will perform also be performing a show.
The competing teams in 2019 are:
- Oy Pyroman from Finland presenting on 16 February
- Martarello S.r.l. from Italy and CBF Pyrotechnics from Belgium performing on 23 February
- Steffes-Ollig Feuerwerke from Germany and Pirotecnia Minhota from Portugal presenting on 2 March
- Polaris Firework from China and Brezac Artifices from France presenting on 9 March
- Surex Firma Rodzinna from Poland and Pyrotex Fireworkx from the United Kingdom performing on 16 March
- Fireworks Spectacular on 23 March
How to Get Involved?
The competition takes places at the Seaside Boulevard’s SM Mall of Asia in Manila. The shows are scheduled to begin at 7.30 pm each Saturday.
You can buy tickets to view the show up close online. But it’s also possible to witness the displays from afar in various locations around Manila and it’s high-rise buildings. Many local restaurants offer deals to enjoy a lovely meal and watch the fireworks!
The competition is super popular so expect accommodation prices to go up during the event!
Check out more information about the event from the official Facebook page. You’ll also find videos of the performances there!
A Year of Fireworks Competitions and Events is Kicking Off!
The Philippine International Pyromusical Competition is the first big fireworks competition and event in 2019. But it certainly acts as the catalyst for things to come – you have many big events lined up from Las Fallas to the various UK competitions in the summer. So stay tuned as there will be plenty of opportunities to catch epic fireworks displays and don’t forget to create your own displays with Firework Crazy!