17 April 2012

First Philippine National Fireworks Festival kicks off


Bursts of red, green and gold lit up the sky as stargazing friends, families and lovers bore witness to the first ever Philippines National Fireworks Festival along the Riverbanks ampitheater in Marikina on April 14.
From that Saturday, and all three Saturdays thereafter, fireworks junkies could finally be treated to the well-loved pyromusical spectacle participated in by local provinces from all over the nation. Dubbed as a first of its kind, the event is expected to give the audience a feast of lights timed with equally dramatic music.

Presenting their very own fireworks exhibitions were eight cities across the country, namely General Santos City, Dumaguete City, Lemery, Batangas, Iloilo City, Bocaue and Meycauayan in Bulacan, and San Pablo and Cabuyao cities in Laguna.
With the aim of crowning the province with the most impressive exhibition set, this year’s competition would be judged by Boardwalk’s Brand Management Specialist Shyla Sy, AVP for Business Development, Sales and Marketing department of Riverbanks Center Reynoso Agramon, and former Binibining Pilipinas candidate Grace de Ramos-Riviera.
The first performance in the event was by the Dumaguete City (dubbed the "City of the Gentle People"), followed by Bocaue, Bulacan, which is also known as the Fireworks Capital of the Philippines. Both cities showcased their fireworks set to the tune of Black Eyed Peas' hits “Time of My Life” and “I Gotta Feeling,” respectively. The privilege to close the night's festivities was awarded to San Pablo city, a spectacle that left the eager audience in awe with their exhibition timed to an upbeat tribal music.
The showdown continues from April 21 to May 5 with other competitors from various provinces.
Hosted by Energy FM’s DJ Kulas, the event allowed for guests to enjoy musical numbers from the up-and-coming boy group, the Instinct band, and the nomadic yet festive ati-atihan beat of the Jocson Tribe, aside from the luminescent aerial display, of course.
The 1st Philippine National Fireworks Festival is open to the public for free, but tickets are sold for the lower box area tickets with seats at P100.
By MAUREEN MARIE BELMONTE
mb.com.ph

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