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Philippines dazzles Calgary fireworks festival

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Sep
24

Source: Calgary Sun

Filipino pride rose high over Calgary Saturday as the Philippines swept all fireworks categories at this year’s GlobalFest.

Taking the People’s Choice, Kid’s Choice and Best-of awards, president of Philippines’ Platinum Fireworks Joel Sta. Ana said he was very proud of this year’s win.

“We’re very, very happy,” he told the Sun.

“It was a very fierce competition.”Joel Sta. Ana, president of Platinum Fireworks Inc. of the Philippines, accepts the Best Of Show award at this year’s GlobalFest fireworks competition. The Philippines swept all three pyrotechnics awards, including People’s Choice and Kids’ Choice. Mike Drew/Calgary Sun/Postmedia Network

This is the third time the Philippines has competed in the annual Calgary fireworks and cultural festival, capturing People’s Choice in their 2011 debut and going home empty-handed in 2012.

This year’s show, and subsequent big win, is dedicated to the people of Calgary, he said — in particular its large Filipino community.

In addition, the Philippines’ cultural pavilion won the One World Festival Award — an honour shared with Scotland in an unprecedented tie.

Indonesian Kitchen won best ethnic food category.

This year’s GlobalFest was fraught with challenges thanks to Mother Nature.

Heavy smoke from distant wildfires, wind and rain threatened the four fireworks shows — the latter causing the festival’s first postponement in four years.

Assistant show producer Nikki Macaraeg said organizers expressed deep appreciation to the city for their understanding in light of the frustration last Thursday’s cancellation caused.

“It was tough,” she said.

“I wanted to say thank you to everybody who supported us through one of our hardest years ever.”

She credited the Philippines’ win to an innovative and beautiful show, featuring pyrotechnics judges had never seen before — including giant shells in the red, white, yellow and blue of the Filipino flag.

“We know we had a rough year, but it’s nice to know Calgarians still support us and understand the imperfect beauty of holding an outdoor festival in Calgary.”

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Casino Du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light

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Aug
28

This year, the Sound of Light bring the competition to a whole new level by introducing 4 new teams from 3 new featured countries and a long-awaited (13 years!) return with :

  • Flash Art Dubai, The Show and Effects from the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES on Saturday August 10
  • Højen & Magic Fireworks from DENMARK on Wednesday August 14
  • Platinum Fireworks of the PHILIPPINES on Saturday August 17
  • Pains Fireworks of the UNITED KINGDOM on Wednesday August 21
  • The Casino du Lac-Leamy’s Grande Finale produced by ROYAL PYROTECHNIE on Saturday August 24

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The 4th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition

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Jul
23

The 4th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition will open at the SM Mall of Asia. An annual event that showcases never-before-seen fireworks from different countries.

For more details, like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pyrophilippines or visit our official website at http://www.pyrophilippines.com

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GlobalFest 2012

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Jul
23

Enriching the communities in which we build is not only part of Trico Homes’ corporate mission, it is an integral part of our passion for people and commitment to supporting vibrant, healthy lifestyles.

Trico Homes’ “pillars” of community support include Youth and Education, multicultural events and joyous celebrations such as Globalfest.

As one of “Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies” and a “Best Workplace in Canada”, the entire Trico Homes’ Family is committed to nurturer community spirit and proud to be the sponsor of the Trico Homes International Fireworks Festival.

2012 FESTIVAL DATES:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16
PHILIPPINES (2011 PEOPLE’S CHOICE)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18
MEXICO

MONDAY, AUGUST 20
CHINA

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22
BRAZIL

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24
USA

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26
FINALE.

Congratulations Philippines!

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Sep
11
By Lindsay Santos, Mabuhay Calgary
Photos by Daniel F. Liu, Mabuhay Calgary

 

GlobalFest ended with a bang as thousands of people came out to enjoy the spectacular grand finale fireworks show helmed by GlobalFest 2011′s own Fireworks Festival Director, Alain Carbonneau. It was held as a special thanks to participating nations and the family and friends of GlobalFest.

 

On the OneWorld stage, Diane Wensel, Director of Marketing for The Calgary Sun and the Team Leader of the GlobalFest judges announced that the Philippines made a clean sweep winning all three of the People’s Choice Award categories. The Philippines won the award for Favourite Pyromusical Performance, designed by Robert Bahisan of Platinum Fireworks, Inc., Favourite Cultural Pavilion, and Favourite Ethnic Food Booth (Ihaw Ihaw). Votes were cast over the span of a week by festival-goers that logged onto The Calgary Sun website. The winner of the Trico Homes International Fireworks Festival was Italy.

 

Exclusive behind-the-scene photos:

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The 3rd Philippine International Pyromusical Competition

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Jul
7
The 3rd Philippine International Pyromusical Competition will open at the SM Mall of Asia. An annual event that showcases never-before-seen fireworks from different countries.
Visit the official Philippine International Pyromusical Competition website for more details!
http://www.pyrophilippines.com

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23rd Macau International Fireworks Display Contest

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Jul
7
Imagine the night sky of Macau glowing in a myriad of magnificent fireworks and accompanied by the cheers and applauses of spectators enjoying the impact of the light and sound show. What a splendid scene!The annual “Macau International Fireworks Display Contest” not only lights up the nights of Macau, but also the hearts of spectators. Local residents long for the marvelous fireworks displays that add a joyous atmosphere to holidays and festivals. The Contest has also become an annual characteristic of Macau. Many visitors specially choose this time of the year to come to Macau to enjoy an exotic and romantic holiday.

A visually spectacular event, this contest, now in its 23rd run, attracts over 100 teams internationally, competing for the top honour. Many visitors specifically choose this period of time to travel to Macau so as to catch the entries of all the teams during the night shows and enjoy the creativity and splendor displayed in the skies.

An annual competition held since 1989, it has grown tremendously in scale over the years and pays tribute to the huge firecracker industry- one of the original 3 crafts in Macau. As the number of participating teams have increased, the night shows have become increasingly elaborate, and the vision for this contest is to project the world’s most outstanding fireworks displays.

When?

10,12, 17, 24 September and 1 October 2011

Click here to download programme.

 

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Global Fest 2011

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Jul
7
GlobalFest is back as one of Calgary’s pre-eminent multi-cultural festivals and Canada’s premier fireworks festival. It has an exciting line up of cultural pavilions, food kiosks and breathtaking pyromusical artistry all at Elliston Park.

GlobalFest is a not-for-profit society dedicated to celebrating and showcasing Calgary’s cultural diversity and artistic excellence within our communities locally and across the globe.

We are committed to producing an inclusive, world-class, multi-faceted arts and cultural festival that will enhance Alberta’s reputation as a truly international destination.

Trico Homes International Fireworks Festival

China
FRIDAY, AUG. 19
Philippines
SUNDAY, AUG. 21
Canada
TUESDAY, AUG. 23
Italy
THURSDAY, AUG. 25
Grande Finale
SATURDAY, AUG. 27

 

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