The 1st Philippine International Pyromusical Competition 2010

The 1st Philippine International Pyromusical Competition 2010

Update: March 15, 2010


Score 93.9 : UK  (Jubilee Fireworks) Grand Champion

About Jubilee Fireworks:

Established in 1987, Jubilee have been illuminating the night sky for over two decades, spreading magic across several continents at festivals, private and corporate events, major national events and competitions.

Their displays are not just fireworks shows. They are artistic performances – highly praised for their creativity, ingenuity, and sheer beauty. No matter how large or small the event, their attention to detail and unmatched design skills will ensure that  the display has that extra dimension and performance quality that has characterised their team as the UK’s premier fireworks company.

Other Awards:

World Fireworks Championships Blackpool, UK  : 1st Prize – 2007

British Fireworks Championships : ‘Champion of Champions’ Event 1st Prize – 2006

British Fireworks Championships : 1st Prize – 2003, 2nd – 2001, 3rd – 2004

British Musical Fireworks Championships : 1st Prize – 1999  2nd Prize – 2000

Total ‘European Champion of Champions’ : 1st Prize – 2007

13th International Display Contest (Macau) Bronze Medal – 2001


Score 93.6 : Australia (Howard & Sons) Silver/Second Place

Score  93.2 : Japan (Tamaya Kitahara) Bronze/Third Place

Congratulations to the Winners! Applause Applause for the very festive and impressive magical production!

Below is the Philippines Platinum Fireworks Exhibition Display


Till next @ My Life Best Shots,



February 21, 2010
GSIS Compound, Macapagal Ave. City of Manila

This is my first time to shoot pyro away from the Mall of Asia (MOA) area, reason behind was- we are trapped by the traffic approaching the Esplanade and instead went in the rows of seafood restaurant in Macapagal Avenue and end up in the GSIS compound. It was a great found tho – No traffic, no hassle to place your tripod, no parking fee, and I was able to capture the show without any trees, post, and buildings- so its a less cropping work for me.

We came in late for the UK show, and just arrived right for the China at 8pm. Also, pardon me for the different settings and aperture recipes I did to capture the shots, I use Manual and play around with my Shutter Speed and Aperture and forgot to adjust my ISO (darn). Anyway, for the China display output, I only made a few minor adjustments in lightroom for cropping the subject, lessen the exposure by 30%, adjust clarity by 30% and balance the sharpness. I did some lens twist tricks to a few shots and result to an abstract lights (nice though and very unique). You can notice the post lamps in most of the shots to check if there’s a camera shake. I think I found a good ground for my tripod 🙂

You may be wondering what’s the different of Philippine International Pyro-musical event with World Pyro Olympics. I actually heard of this MOA event over the radio 4 days ago and checked the internet for the schedule. Most search results will list you the 2009 The Fort World Pyro which was cancelled and reading some blogs, they said it was due to The Fort ground stability and it need some soil or ground treatment which may take years. I wonder if those platform in the bay area are being treated as well(?) they are actually floating even! I also asked a friend of mine who lives in the Fort area about the cancellation and she said that the their condo guard informed them that it’s due to area security. Anyway, it’s probably nice to see great light shows with tall buildings at the Fort, but whatever or whoever the events jinx then we have now the MOA events anyway 🙂 So the difference is, this event is not a La Mancha production who’s hosting the World Pyro Olympics for the past years but a Platinum Fireworks Production with coordination of various sponsors like Close Up and SM Properties.

Schedule of Events:

February 14 – USA (7pm)
February 21 – UK, Jubilee Fireworks (7pm) China, Liuyang Jinsheng Fireworks (8pm)
February 28 – France, Brezac Artifices (7pm) Japan, Tamaya Kitahara (8pm)
March 7 – Singapore, Redhub Entertainment (7pm) Malaysia, Pyro-Splendour Services (8pm)
Marh 14 – Australia, Howards and Sons (7pm) Philippines, Platinum Fireworks (8pm)

Ticket Price: P100 (General Admission) P150 (Silver) P300 (Gold) P500 (VIP) P1500 (VIP with Dinner)


The 1st Philippine International Pyromusical Competition 2010 Silver Winner – Australia

The 1st Philippine International Pyromusical Competition 2010 Silver Winner – Australia

March 14, 2010
Breakwater Area, GSIS/Senate of the Philippines Compound
Manila, Philippines

Silver Medal – Australia’s Howard and Son’s Pyrotechnics

About Howard & Sons:

A world leader in the field of pyrotechnics, Howard & Sons is a well-established, globally renowned company responsible for some of the world’s most spectacular fireworks spectacles.

Howard & Sons expertise in the design and manufacture of pyrotechnics coupled with the committed development and use of computerised firing systems integrating lasers, waterscreens, sound, projection and close proximity pyrotechnics mean that we will continue to produce unique multi-media spectaculars well into the future.


Show Credits:

  • 2010 Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Sydney, NSW
  • 2010 Big Day Out, Australia
  • 2002–2010 Crusty Demons Tours, Australia and NZ
  • 2002–2010 Melbourne Moomba Festival Waterfest, Melbourne, Victoria
  • 2009 and 2008 National Day Celebrations in Doha, Qatar
  • 2009 Doha Tribeca Film Festival, Qatar
  • 2009 Townsville Air Show Spectacular, Queensland
  • 2009 Vietnam International Fireworks Competition, Bronze Medal, Vietnam
  • 2008 NAB 150 Years Dream Festival, Melbourne, Victoria
  • 2008 Montreal International Fireworks Competition, Silver Jupiter Award, Canada
  • 2009, 2008, 2007 City of Perth Lotterywest Skyworks, Perth, Western Australia
  • 2008 Nauru Independence Day Celebrations, Nauru
  • 2008 Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne Royal Shows, Australia
  • 2007 New Years Eve Celebrations in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Darwin, Australia
  • 2007 Malaysian International Fireworks Competition, First Place, Malaysia
  • 2007 Visit Malaysia Year WaterSky Spectacular, Malaysia
  • 2007 QEII and QMII Visit Sydney Harbour Spectacular, Sydney, NSW
  • 2007 Changsha Trade Sydney Harbour Spectacular, Sydney, NSW
  • 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Montreal Fireworks Competition, Canada
  • Macau Fireworks Festival, China
  • Shanghai Fireworks Festival, China
  • Rugby World Cup Ceremonies, various
  • Korea Fireworks Festival, Seoul, Korea
  • Australia Day Celebrations, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and regional areas, Australia
  • New Year’s Eve Celebrations, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Darwin and regional areas, Australia
  • City of Shenzhen 50th Anniversary Celebrations, China
  • New Zealand Skyshow and Skytower Opening, NZ
  • Fourth of July Celebrations, Utah, US
  • 100 Years of Kingdom Ceremony, Medina, Saudi Arabia
  • SEA Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Everland Theme Park Installation, Korea
  • Stockholm Water Fireworks Festival, First Place, Sweden
  • Symphony of Fire, First Place, Vancouver, Canada
  • Monte Carlo Fireworks Festival, First Place, Monaco
  • Symphony of Fire, Second Place, Toronto, Canada
  • San Sebastian Fireworks Festival, Spain

And many, many more … 

Contact Information:

Sydney Head Office
Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics (Displays) Pty Ltd
Unit 20, 9 Hoyle Avenue, Castle Hill NSW 2154 Australia
Phone: (+61 2) 9899 4096, Fax: (+61 2) 9899 4196

Factory Office
Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics (Manufacturing) Pty Ltd
581 Portland Road, Wallerawang NSW 2845 Australia
Postal Address: PO Box 180, Wallerawang NSW 2845
Phone: (+61 2) 6355 7301, Fax: (+61 2) 6355 7303

International Projects
Andrew Howard, Director of Displays. For all your national and international special events.
Phone: (+61 2) 9899 4096 Mobile: (+61 0) 419 270 535 Fax: (+61 2) 9899 4196

Manufacturing and Special Effects
Christian Howard, Director of Manufacturing. For all your manufacturing, special effects for theatre, concerts or movies.
Phone: (+61 2) 6355 7301 Mobile: (+61 0) 418 218 432, Fax: (+61 2) 6355 7303

South Australia
Grant Freeman and Anita Hayward. For all your display and product requirements in Adelaide and South Australia.
Phone: (08) 8398 4344 Mobile: 0412 844 399, Fax: (08) 8398 3504
Email: or
Address: PO Box 481, Littlehampton SA 5250

Rusty Johnson. For all your display and product requirements in Melbourne and Victoria.
Phone: (03) 5931 3433 Mobile: 0414 308 187, Fax: (03) 5983 2538
Address: PO Box 235, Balnarring Victoria 3926

Northern Territory
Grant Freeman. For all your display and product requirements in the Northern Territory.
Phone: (08) 8941 5228 Fax: (08) 8398 3504

Andrew Howard or Christian Howard. For all your display and product requirements on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Whitsundays and North Queensland.
Mobile: 0419 270 535

Western Australia
Shanye Lewis. For all your display and product requirements in Western Australia.
Mobile: 0407 424 686