(Update #1) 2008 World Pyro Olympics – Day 1


The first day of the 2008 World Pyro Olympics was greeted by nature with strong winds and rain 3 hours before China’s 6:00pm 7:30pm schedule. I was still at home waiting for my fiance Sherlene when I took this photo of what it’s like just outside our home.


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Yeah flood, and we don’t get flooded that easily!

Follow up:

A few hours later we arrived at SM Mall of Asia and to our surprise, the paid area starts from the street that divides the main SM MoA mall and the (not-really) ‘annex’ mall – that far from the venue! The entrance is PhP150.00/head and they call it the “Pedestrian Entrance” (I really laughed at this).


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We just paid for the entrance, and we’re going to pay for it again for the following days of competition (we originally planned staying outside, as close as we can to the venue). This year’s WPO is well planned by both La Mancha and SM MoA (they finally worked together). The La Mancha VIP area is from Bridge-to-Bridge, the whole San Miguel By the Bay Fountain area. Those who really doesn’t want to pay, they can watch as far back as SM’s Music Hall (these people later paid the entrance coz they can’t see a thing :p )

The first day of WPO in my opinion is a disaster, thanks to the delays and slow announcements of La Mancha, the people who intended to watch didn’t bother to come thinking this might get postponed again. But as I’ve said in my previous post, this one is for real – SM Posted announcements and posters already. There are just so few people. The crowd type is no different from the regular SM MoA Saturday crowd. There was no gridlock traffic, no one needs to walk back home, the roads are clear as if there’s no WPO. The 1st day of the 1st WPO was crowded, not like yesterday’s event.

The only thing that changed, instead of 5-days competition, it’s now 4 days only. The May 31st Philippine show will now be on May 24th. If we compare the old list to the list found at the official website, Australia and South Korea are not listed anymore, the guys originally scheduled on May 24th. Too bad, Australia was the championship during the 1st WPO, we won’t see them this time.

Anyway, here are the photos. Taken with Canon PowerShot A460.

China Germany Fireworks


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China for the second time didn’t give their best. During the 1st WPO, they have the lamest entry, this 3rd WPO, they might be the lamest again, BUT, who can blame them? During the 1st WPO they were preparing for their country’s New Year celebrations and this time they are preparing for the 2008 Olympics. At least China showed up, being the inventor of firecrackers and the nearest from the Philippines. China, please give your best even if you are busy, okay, next time? (China’s 2nd WPO was the best for me.)

Thanks to Merle from WPO’s Promotions Group for the correction. It seems that the first to lit up the skies was Germany. Now it is a surprise that Germany’s entry this year is so simple compared to their previous fireworks, it’s lame, or people just expected too much from them, but in any case, that’s the conversation from where we were sitting.

Germany China Fireworks


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The best of the night. Too bad I don’t have a video, Germany China did amazing fireworks display we’ve never seen before in the Philippine shores (hey La Mancha, do it too haha). I don’t know how to explain it in words, Germany China awed the audience. One sequence was their fireworks fired from the right to the left forming a huge arc. Then right when the people though it was over, they fired up 6 super strong and really high fireworks, with their finale of water fireworks a few yachts away from their position.

Will We’ll definitely pay again next week, to watch Canada and France!

Other event photos:


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Update #1 (2008-05-06): Thanks to Merle from WPO’s Promotions Group for the corrections and for the reply. That’s good public relations, taking the time to read blogs.


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