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Bulacan Pyro Firm Bags 2nd Runner-Up In Macau Fireworks Contest
Monday, 11 October 2010
Once again, Platinum Fireworks, Inc. from Santa Maria, Bulacan gained global recognition and brought honor to the country by bagging the 2nd runner-up award in the 22nd Macau International Fireworks Display Contest held last September 11, 18, 22, 25 and October 1, 2010 in Macau, China.

After the 5-day grueling competition, Tamaya Kitahara Fireworks Co., Ltd. from Japan netted the top prize, while Panda Fireworks Group Co., Ltd. from Mainland China and Platinum Fireworks, Inc. representing the Philippines took 1st and 2nd runner-up respectively at a ceremony held at the Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Center on October 1, 2010.

“The 18 minute show of Platinum was well applauded and cheered by spectators who really enjoyed the myriad of magnificent fireworks combined with sounds of music”, said the company president Joel Sta. Ana.

On his text message, Sta. Ana told the Provincial Cooperative and Enterprise Development Office (PCEDO) that he was very honored and happy with this award because it happened when our country had a very negative hype in China. “Going to Macau, my crew were even questioned for an hour in Hongkong Immigration”.

The winners received a trophy, certificate and a cash prize of US$ 8,000, US$4,000 and US$ 2,500 for the Champion, 1st and 2nd runner-up respectively. This was aside from the US$20,000 subsidy, free shipment of pyro materials, airfare and hotel accommodation from Macau Government Tourism Office.

Cheong U, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macau SAR Government, Macau Government Tourist Director Joao Manuel Costa Antunes, Deputy Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandez and Manuel Pires conferred the awards to winners.

This was the second time for the Philippines to win and beat other companies from different countries since its participation in 1996 to this famous and prestigious fireworks competition in the world.

Platinum Fireworks Inc. competed with other countries, which have a long history of modern technology of making and executing fireworks display like United Kingdom, Chinese Taiwan, Australia, Portugal, Korea, Japan, France, Italy and China.

True to what he promised last year to level up his performance, he outclassed other strong teams and title holders like La Tirrena S.A.S. Fireworks from Italy, Pyro 2000 from the United Kingdom and Wan Dar Fireworks Mfg. Co., Ltd. from Chinese Taiwan.

This was the fifth participation of Platinum Fireworks on the Macau Fireworks Contest. Joel Sta. Ana participated in 2004 and 2005 under the name of its mother company Six J Fireworks and came back in 2008 and 2009 editions, this time, under the name of Platinum. At last year’s edition of Macau International Fireworks Display Contest, the team took home the 2nd runner-up trophy.

“Every Platinum fireworks display is a visual symphony masterfully executed with technical precision, timing and artistry” said Sta. Ana.

“In an internationally acclaimed fireworks competition like this, you will need four months of preparation to program the materials like mortars, bombshells, computer equipment and musical piece synchronization for a pyro musical display”, Sta. Ana added.

The Macau International Fireworks Display Contest first started in 1989; with only five participating teams. By 1995, the event has developed from the original five-team contest to a ten-team event, with two different teams showing their expertise each night.

It is being held at the Outdoor Plaza of Macau Tower, on the shore, and from the square in front of the Kun Iam Statue with viewing spots on the Macau Peninsula and Taipa Island.

Platinum will again be vying for 23rd Macau International Fireworks Contest in 2011 to defend his title or capture the most-coveted Champion Award.

“To enter and be one of the participants to this prominent fireworks display contest is already an honor for me, to our province and to the country more so when I won second runner-up for the second time”, Sta. Ana said.

It would be remembered that Joel Sta. Ana is a three-time champion in the National Pasiklaban held yearly during Singkaban Fiesta here in the province. From the fifth generation, he is the great grandson of Valentin Sta. Ana of Sta. Maria, Bulacan, who first started making fireworks during Spanish period in 1867.

Once again, the Bulakenyo has proven its ingenuity and craftsmanship in the field of fireworks.

Jerry C. Caguingin

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