Hi there! I am so excited to be able to say that the Philippine Team, Dragon Fireworks, won the 2013 Pyronale Fireworks World Championships! AND we were there to witness their phenomenal performance in person! It was the best way to end my birthday – with spectacular fireworks! Photos after the jump!
We had an early dinner with a few friends in our home, then off we went to the Olympiastadion (Olympic Stadium). There was an incredible amount of people when we arrived. We feared we wouldn’t find parking but the German organizers did not disappoint! They were guiding people to populate the parking area row by row, in an organized manner. The OC person in me was thrilled by the efficiency! My first look at the stadium took my breath away.
Because of the sheer number of people, it was a challenge to get in touch with the person holding our tickets. It’s a good thing he left the tickets for us at the gate. Outside the stadium there were people who brought chairs and blankets to watch the fireworks without having to pay for the tickets. This is the great thing about Berlin. There are so many happenings all over town and if you don’t have budget for tickets you can still find a way to enjoy it.
Inside there were a lot of vendors for wurst and beer, consequently there were also a lot of available toilets inside and outside of the stadium. So despite the amount of beer being consumed it was relatively easy to get to a toilet (just as long as you don’t go for the one near the entrances with long lines), just be sure to leave a small tip (€ 0.50) to the cleaning lady.
The night before (Friday, Sept 6) 3 teams had already performed:
- CROATIA Mirnovec Pirotehnika
- FINLAND JoHo Pyro
- POLAND Surex
Yesterday (Sept 7) the day we watch it was:
- PHILIPPINES Dragon Firewroks
- GREECE Kanellopoulos Firewroks
- SPAIN Pirotecnia Zaragozana
To give you an idea of how the contest goes, here are the rules according the their website.
For 2013, these were the 3 required parts to each performance:
- About 1 minute of fireworks without music, with a VIOLET & YELLOW color theme for 2013
- About 4 minutes to a medley of Johann Strauss “An der schönen blauen Donau” and Jacques Offenbach “Can Can” from “Orpheus in the underworld”, which is the same for every team.
- 10 minute freestyle to music which is picked by each team with the theme My Country.
This is the Dragon Fireworks (Philippines) performance. it’s long but I was amazed at how eclectic and creative it was! (I would never have thought to use tinikling music for fireworks, but they made it work) The video is long but really worth the watch. Feel your chest swell with Filipino-pride! It was mind-blowing and shows that Filipinos can compete at an international level and win!
If you don’t have time to watch the entire thing at least watch the last 4 minutes, where in the colors of the Philippines light up the sky and make for a breathtaking and dramatic end!
UPDATE FROM ANDY BELOW:
Here’s the list of tracks used by the Philippine Team.
“Vivaldi vs. Vertigo” – David Garrett
“Business Part 1″ – Craig Armstrong
“Cerberus” (No Choir Version) – Audiomachine
“For The Win” – Two Steps From Hell
Just to give you an idea of how many people were there, this was our view in Tribune 2. There were many other tribunes and so many people in the standing only portion as well. Everyone was having a great time eating and drinking beers. There is also a special section for those who are on wheelchairs so the organisers had accessibility in mind as well. What a fun thing to do with entire family – young and old!
I got a bit worried during the performance of Spain because though their performance was more subtle, it was excellently timed and I could really feel the spanish flair in their performance! The music they picked was spot-on and oh-so-catchy! I loved their performance! Their flag colors also featured prominently in their show.After the 3 shows of the night, we rendezvoused with the others and excitedly waited for the tallying and announcement of the winner. Dragon Fireworks (Philippines) was the “winner of the day” by popular vote among the audience (via mobile phone). Finland won bronze, Spain silver and the Philippines won GOLD!!! A well-deserved win! The host also announced that Filipino fireworks show designer, Vander Resurreccion Tenedero, is the youngest of all the pyromusical designers in the competition at 20 years of age. Amazing creative talent!
After the announcement, they had a closing show by the sponsor and I was feeling overjoyed and lucky that this opportunity to watch the Philippine team in the Pyronale 2013 came right smack on my birthday. I can’t imagine a more wonderful way to celebrate one’s birthday than by watching world-class fireworks shows?
Everyone started moving out but Mr. M thought we should brave our way in the opposite direction of the crown to go to the stage area and congratulate our team. We were like salmon swimming upstream, but it was so orderly and disciplined that we were able to do so without much stress. Some German even asked me “Aus Philippinen?” Hell yeah!!!
There were many people taking a picture with the group and I am happy I was able to get a decent picture with them!
Dragon Fireworks is the first ever Asian company in history to conquer the prestigious European Fireworks competition.There were ABS-CBN correspondents covering the event. If I am not mistaken, the interview of Mr. M should be on the TV Patrol news on Sunday or Monday in the Philippines. Please watch out for it!Mr. M thanking the German coordinator who made sure we got our tickets – Thank you!!
Established in 1992, Dragon Fireworks Incorporated quickly became the largest fireworks manufacturing company in the Philippines. The company started as a consumer fireworks manufacturer making products like rockets or fountains before turning into professional display shells and special effects. 6 years after its foundation Dragon Fireworks started with the performance of pyromusical shows and now it is a licensed display operator, which has already fired thousands of firework displays and indoor special effects.
So what did you think of the Dragon Fireworks show? The Pyronale is an annual event. This year they are on their 8th year with 65,000 visitors. Please click on the link for more details: http://www.pyronale.de/
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