PH ‘ballet of lights’ wins Berlin pyro championship


Screenshot from DsNLFireworks Youtube video account

MANILA, Philippines–More than just lighting up Germany’s skies, the fireworks bent and swayed in the air, dancing to music from gentle to jubilant in a 15-minute repertoire that wowed a global audience.

The Philippines was declared champion in the 2013 Pyronale Fireworks World Championships on Sept. 7 at the Berlin Olympic Stadium, besting five other European nations that entered the prestigious fireworks exhibition this year.

The country team, represented by 21-year-old local pyrotechnics firm Dragon Fireworks, also took home the audience award for the rousing repertoire titled “Philippines- Here Comes the Dragon.” (For online: link to video of winning show-

The Philippines’ Dragon Fireworks team took home the gold medal while Spain’s Pirotecnia Zaragozana grabbed the silver medal and Finland’s JoHo Pyro won the bronze. Croatia, Poland and Greece also took part in this year’s pyro championships, Pyronale said on its website.

In a statement, the DFA said the country’s entry “won plaudits from the thousands present.”

Designed by 20-year-old business student Vander Tenedero, the Philippines entry took spectators for a ride in a pyro show that may well be likened to a ballet of lights.

The fireworks choreography meshed together original Filipino music with pop-classical pieces from top global artists, altogether showcasing the Philippine story- that is the love for the traditional and the divine while embracing the pace of change and progress.

The 15-minute show opened with rhythmic bursts, the fireworks serving as their own percussion. The repertoire then moved to a slow-to-fast dance of the waltz and then transitioning to the beat of singer Angeline Quinto’s promotional tourism song “Piliin mo ang Pilipinas” and the Tinikling folk dance song.

The show then softened to the tune of Carol Banawa’s “Tanging Yaman,” a favorite Church piece, slowing down the pace for the grand buildup that is to come.

The show’s final third tune strung together epic pieces that combined classical music with electronica and pop: “Vivaldi vs. Vertigo” by renowned German crossover violinist David Garrett, “Business Part 1” by Scottish composer Craig Armstrong, “Cerberus” by renowned media musical scorer Audiomachine and the finale, “For the Win” by US music company Two Steps from Hell.

Before their performance, the Philippine Team led by Jovenson Ong and Don Miguel Villarosa visited Philippine Ambassador to Germany Maria Cleofe Natividad. Natividad welcomed Dragon Fireworks’ plan of entering the European market.

The Philippines’ winning pyro show has been widely shared in social media including Facebook and YouTube, gaining virtual applause from both Filipino and international viewers.

Dragonworks is the largest fireworks manufacturer in Southeast Asia, growing into the region’s leading pyrotechnics firm since its establishment in the Philippines 1992, the DFA said.

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  • Ma Lou Tong

    Tarra, nahuli ka yata sa balita.

    • Mark

      Oo nga, last week pa eto nagkalat sa social media.

  • i2spot

    late na late hehe

  • Meow Ming


  • p00rd0y

    sheyt that was sooooooooooooo beautiful…………

  • WengWeng

    Late news. Anyway, I knew some friends via FB who were teary eyed over the performance, definitely World Class

  • ako_to

    naki-angkas sa kasikatan..Imbes na in the forefront to spread the good news..

  • johndcross1

    Brilliant! Magnificent! Incomparable! Nothing like it that I’ve seen before!

  • filisopongtasyo

    kaninong pera ang ginastos sa pagsali ng pilipinas rito? is this really necessary?
    what good will it do for our country? does it mean tourists will start flocking in our shore
    for having won this competition?

    we are not even a country like china who makes money by manufacturing fireworks.
    really, i don’t get.

    • Godzilla

      ano ba ipinagpuputok ng butsi mo? pag natalo sabihin mo loser sila! pag nanalo dami mo sinasabi! hindi ba pwedeng makishare ka nalang sa saya nila? in the first place it is a private intiative. Haven’t you see that it is dragon fireworks who competed? Wala naman kinuha sa kaban ng bayan para sumali jan ha? hindi katulad ng mga inihalal mong senators na walang ginawa kundi kumubra ng pera ng bayan. Hindi naman sinasabi ng Dragon fireworks na pag nanalo sila sa competition eh mag uuwi sila ng maraming turista! Crab-mentality nag uumapaw! sila may nagawa para makilala ang pinas sa musical fireworks competition, ikaw ano nagawa mo? nganga ka lng! puro asa sa gobyerno!

    • Godzilla

      FYI, it is dragon’s way of advertising their products in international market! walang public funds na ginamit dun. nagpapahalata kang wala kang alam!

      • filisopongtasyo

        wala nga siguro akong alam. didn’t you notice–you moron, i put my comment in question.

        at bakit pumapapel dito ang DFA? you speak as if you know the ins and out of this matter. masyado kang nagmamagaling. bakit ikaw ba ang
        may ari ng kumpayang dragon? intsik beho ka ba?

      • Godzilla

        wala kasing kakwenta kwenta ang komento mo. DFA, natural! that is within the realms of their job. Ngayon ka lang ba nakabasa ng news na ibinabalita ng DFA ang award na kakuha ng isang pinoy or group ng pinoy public or private initiative man? ikaw ang mas nagmumukhang tanga sa dami ng unlikes mo!

      • Zim

        Puro kasi kabobohan komento mo.

    • titolim

      huwag ka nang magtanong kung sino’ng gumastos, balita ko sagot ni J. Napoles yon just sit back and enjoy the show.

  • Zim

    @filisopongtasyo Dragonworks mismo ang gumastos para sa sarili nilang entry. Dragonworks ang pinakamalaking manufacturer ng fireworks sa buong asya at balak nilang mag-export din sa Europe kaya sumali sila sa competition. Hindi mo pera yun kaya wag ka ng pa-epal dyan. Napaghahalata ang kabobohan mo.

  • $51012568

    i heard na ang galing daw ng finale, may sumabog na maliliit na kwitis sabay sabay..tapos after a few seconds naging korteng Baboy, parang pork barrel.. Galing daw, daming napaluha..

    • walaywalay

      this is not news–you can see the same thing by looking at ZAMBOANA CITY night sky and turn up your BOOM BOX

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