The 2nd Philippine International PyroMusical Competition 2011 – France

The 2nd Philippine International PyroMusical Competition 2011 – France

February 26, 2011

The Sixth Entry – France.

Lacroix-Ruggieri is a powerhouse of international fireworks, being born out of two of Europe’s oldest fireworks companies; Ruggieri from Italy and Ettiene Lacroix from France. The combination of these two forces has created one of Europe’s leading pyrotechnic specialists, with over 250 years of experience in the field. Having dazzled the crowds with their fireworks for the likes of King Louis XIV of France in the 1700’s, Lacroix-Ruggieri now provide the firework displays for such rock royalty as U2, Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones.

With its own famous research laboratory, Lacroix-Ruggieri are always looking to astonish the crowds with their innovative displays. They are last year winner of World Fireworks Championship 2010, held for the first time in Muscat as part of Oman’s 40th National Day anniversary celebrations.

2nd Pyro Musical - France

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The 1st Philippine International Pyromusical 2010 Series – France

The 1st Philippine International Pyromusical 2010 Series - France

February 28, 2010
CCP Complex
Manila, Philippines

This is the 3rd week of the 1st Philippine Pyromusical Competition 2010 in Mall of Asia, and the show is becoming a weekend family affair in the Metropolis and of course a haven for photographers.

I wanted this shot different so I research and browse the internet on different fireworks display photos and the best I remember are with those water reflections, so my goal for this day is to check the entire vicinity of Manila Bay. I check google map and presto! I found the breakwater of CCP Complex. It’s a huge vacant lot at the back of ghostly haunted Manila Film Center, nearby Hotel Sofitel. We arrived at exactly 6pm and of course we asked the guards permission to park my car and do my photography project. And true indeed- the fireworks display from this site is totally awesome! A fulfilled goal for the day 🙂

The show started at 730pm, and yes we can also hear the music and the host speech from MOA so we know when to be ready. Also, I consider this shots as my breakthrough shots for Fireworks display. Enjoy Viewing!

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France – Brezac Artifices

Brezac Artifices is a family firm with about forty years of tradition and experience. The dynamic, innovative company which serves professionals and institutions for all types of events. Their commitment is to bring artistic quality and advanced technology to all of the great happenings. Their performances are achieved with high quality products selected for their reliability. The fireworks are sent to places throughout Europe and as far away as Jakarta and Taiwan. Through the years their company has evolved and has been able to contribute to the latest technological advances. Their system insures regular and perfectly mastered explosions.
Another example is that their numeric sequencer controls- the speed of the shots to within 1/10th of a second and guaranteed by the COFRAC (French Committee of Accreditation). Their packaging is tested by the BVT (Office of Technical Check). And last 2003, to conform to the strict standards they have set for themselves, they even removed over 2500 items concerning non-conformity. The company priority is to respect safety regulations and regulations currently in force today.

Below are the reference shows of Brezac Artifices:

2008
– Closing Festival Intercontinental – Decazeville FRANCE
– National day – Bergerac FRANCE
– International Festival – Bucharest ROUMANIA
– Wine Fest – Bordeaux FRANCE
2007
– Pohang Fireworks Festival – SOUTH KOREA
– Intercontinental Festival – Decazeville FRANCE
– Convention Banca de la Casa – St Julian’s MALTA
– Hôtel du Palais – Biarritz FRANCE
– Closing of Carnival – Nice FRANCE
2009
– International Fireworks Display Contest – Macau CHINA (1° Price)
– International Fireworks Festival – Cannes FRANCE
– Singapore Fireworks Festival – SINGAPORE
– Intercontinental Festival – Decazeville FRANCE
– International des Feux Loto Québec – Montréal CANADA (Silver Jupiter)
– National Day – Nice FRANCE
– Win Fest – Bordeaux FRANCE
– Final of Carnival – Nice – France
– New Year Eve at Mountfaber – Singapore
2005
– International Fireworks Contest Macau – China
– Aste Nagusia Bilbao – Spain
– Singapore Fireworks Festival – Singapore
– Intercontinental Festival Decazeville – France
– River Fest Bordeaux – France
– Closing of Carnival – Nice – France
– King’s visit – Riffa – Kingdom of Bahrain
2004
– 20° MIPCOM – Cannes – France
– Festival 2004 – Nantou – Taïwan
– Festival International de Pyrotechnie – Cannes – France
– Fête du Vin – Bordeaux – France
– Nuits de Feux – Chantilly – France
– Fireworks Festival – Azores Islands – Portugal
– Canoe World Cup – Trémolat – France
– Celebration of the Europe Day – Bucharest – Romania
– Inauguration of the glass roof “Bellechasse” – Orsay museum – Paris – France
– Closing Nice Carnival – France
– Closing Lantern festival Taipéi – Taiwan
2003
– New year Nantou – Taïwan
– Sun Moon Lake Nantou – Taïwan
– National Day Royan – France
2002
– Caput Lucis Roma – Italy
– Summer Festival – Bahrain
– La Forme del Fuoco – Palerme – Italy
2001
– Shopping Festival – Al Manama – Bahrain
– National Stadium – Isa Town – Bahrain
– International Fireworks Competition Montreal – Canada
2000
– European Capital Avignon – France
– Year 2000 à Antananarive – Madagascar
– Muharraq club Al Manama – Bahrain
– Telecommunications Gaborone – Botswana
1999
– Annual Fest Cayenne – Guyana
1998
– Idul Fitri Fest Jakarta – Indonesia
– Fireworks Festival Knokke – Belgium
– International Competition Barcelone – Spain
1997
– International Fireworks Competition Montreal – Canada
– Napoléon 1st Fireworks Venezia – Italy
1996
– Opening ceremony Novotel hôtel Baly – Indonesia
1995
– 50th Anniversary of Independance Jakarta – Indonesia
1994
– Fireworks Festival – Germany
– Pink Floyd tour in France – France
1992
– French National Anthem anniversary – France
1991
– National day Marseille – France

(Reference Excerpts from http://www.brezac-artifices.com )

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City

Location: 460 Madison Ave. New York, NY 10022, United States

Date Taken: March 12, 2008

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York. It is the largest decorated gothic-style Catholic Cathedral in the United States and has been recognized throughout its history as a center of their Catholic life.

Some Facts About Saint Patrick’s Cathedral:

The Windows were made by renowned artists in Chartres, France; Birmingham, England and Boston Massachusetts. The great rose window is acknowledged to be the finest work designed by Charles Connick, the 20th century genius in stained glass window design..

* The Cathedral seats about 2,200 people.
* The exterior length is about 405 feet; the width is 274 feet.
* The spires rise 330 feet from street level.
* The architect was James Renwick, an American. (http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/medny/stpat1.html) The Lady Chapel was designed by another American, Charles Mathews.
* The St. Michael and St. Louis altar was designed by Tiffany and Company. The St. Elizabeth altar was designed by Paolo Medici of Rome.
* The Archbishops of New York are buried in a crypt under the high altar. Their honorary hats, called galeros, hang from the ceiling over their tombs.
* The Stations of the Cross are works of art which won first prize at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.
* The Pieta is three times larger than the Pieta in St. Peter’s, Rome.
* The Cathedral has three organs.
* The baldachin over the main altar is solid bronze.
* Each year over 3 million people visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral

excerpts from http://www.archny.org/about-us/st-patricks-cathedral; http://www.saintpatrickscathedral.org/

A must see place in NYC! I was there for about an hour appreciating the cathedral architectural beauty and its fine details. I wish I could name all the Altars in my shot collections, maybe I’ll go back soon and make notes. So far this is the Grandest Medieval Architecture I’ve ever seen in USA.

My Life Best Shots,
Rman