Late last year saw the conclusion of the intensive rehabilitation initiative to clean up the resort island of Boracay, although actual restorative work there is still ongoing and is not expected to be completed for a few more years. Meanwhile, in the wake of that massive cleanup drive, government and other parties in the National Capital Region are trying to replicate that success with Manila Bay, to make the waters again appropriate for its sunset views. As part of efforts to minimize the dirt and debris that goes into the bay, a pyrotechnic competition that has traditionally been held there is moving to another location.
The Manila Times reports that the Philippine International Pyromusical Competition (PIPC), hosted by the SM Mall of Asia for the last nine years, is to be transferred to SM City Clark, Angeles City where it will take place from February 23 to March 30. The change was announced in a statement by SM Supermalls, in support of the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program. With the Mall of Asia standing on Manila Bay itself, built on extensively reclaimed land, pyrotechnics from the PIPC have always been aimed over the water, falling into the bay in the aftermath.
“The Philippine International Pyromusical Competition is a tradition at the SM Mall of Asia that has brought endless enjoyment to millions of Filipinos each year,” read the SM Supermalls statement, which has been made public on Facebook. “For the past nine years, the pyrotechnics have always complied with the international standards for environment safety, at par with countries like Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, and famous theme parks around the world.”
The transfer of the PIPC event from MOA to Clark is therefore to avoid interference with the ongoing cleanup of Manila Bay, which has been happening since most of January. SM Supermalls’ statement concluded with a call for the people who have been regular attendees of the annual event, soon to be a decade old, to support and understand the reasons for the venue change.
For the milestone tenth edition of the Philippine International Pyromusical Competition, the country will face off against ten other nations that have accepted the invitation to the contest: China, Canada, the United Kingdom, Portugal, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Finland and Poland. Pyromusicals are pyrotechnic displays that are tuned in synch with background instrumentation, the effect being for the explosions and lights to express its accompaniment.
Image courtesy of SM Supermalls