PH gets gold for firing up Berlin's Skies
by FFE PH News staff
The Philippines brought home the gold medal in the 2013 Pyronale Fireworks World Championships.
Local pyrotechnics firm Dragon Fireworks bested five European nations on September 7 at the Berlin Olympic Stadium. Their 15-minute repertoire entitled “Philippines – Here Comes the Dragon” wowed the audiences and has since been shared in social media channels.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the Philippine entry “won plaudits from the thousands present.” The repertoire designed by 20-year-old business student Vander Tenedero played original Filipino and pop-classical music to create a triumphant exhibition of sight and sound. Songs from local and international artists were used, including “Piliin mo ang Pilipinas,” the tinikling folk dance music, “Tanging Yaman,” “Vivaldi vs. Vertigo,” “Cerberus” and “For the Win.”
Pyronale also gave the Philippine team the audience award. Spain’s Pirotecnia Zaragozana won the silver medal while Finland’s JoHo Pyro took home the bronze. Croatia, Poland and Greece also took part in the competition.
Before the event, the team, led by Jovenson Ong and Don Miguel Villarosa, visited Philippine Ambassador to Germany Maria Cleofe Natividad who welcomed the firm’s plan of entering the European market.
Dragon Fireworks was established in 1992 and is the leading fireworks manufacturer in Southeast Asia.