After more than a month of competition with 11 competing countries (Philippines is the 12th country but not in competition), it was last Saturday (March 17, 2012) that the winners for this year’s Philippine International Pyromusical Competition were finally announced at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay, City.
Mall of Asia was again full packed, evident by the large number of people piling up the gates to the venue near the Manila Bay seaside area. The finale was ushered-in by a mini concert and musical program which includes performances by Barbie Almalbis and Never Stranger.
Then after the presentation of Italy’s entry which is not quite impressive, the winners were finally announced and were as follows;
2nd runner up : Netherlands
Grand Winner : Canada
Towards the end of the show, the Philippines exhibited its pyromusical piece with songs from ABBA, Whitney Houston and Manny Pacquiao.
It was a nice competition this year, my first time to see several entries in close sight. And I am very elated that Netherlands’ entry placed in the top 3 which for me is really very deserving of a prize. Hope to watch this competition again in the coming years and I hope that the Philippines (despite our hosting) will be one of the competing countries in the future.