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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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June 2, 2008

world pyro olympics 2008

The last day of the World Pyro Olympics 2008 drew a huge crowd especially that the weather was good and it was a payday weekend. I arrived at the back of SM Mall of Asia at around 5PM only to see what all the prime locations were taken. Some of my friends were already there and they manage to secure a small area on top of the sea wall...and its getting smaller by the minute as more and more people squeezed in.

Sensing that it would be impossible for us to setup our tripods in such a very cramped space, we decided to take up positions just behind the sea wall crowd. So most of my shots have people in it.

The first display started at around 7:30PM. It was called the Fellowship of Fire and it was designed by all of this year's participants.

Fellowship of Fire - Indian Chieftain

Folks who went to previous World Pyro Olympics noticed that this year's presentations were noticeable shorter. The Fellowship of Fire this year, for instance, lasted only a mere 10-12 minutes.

Fellowship of Fire - KryptonFellowship of Fire

The next presentation was from Philippine's very own La Mancha Pyro Productions (it was slated at 9PM so we had to wait for almost 1 hour for it). It was supposed to be pyro musical but somehow I missed the "musical" part (maybe I was just too busy taking photos hehe).

La Mancha - FirestormLa Mancha's Firestorm

It was a very nice evening overall. I was expecting more of the fireworks but hey I got to shoot the last day of World Pyro Olympics for FREE.

Colored YarnLa Mancha's Colored Yarn

The next challenge after the fireworks presentations was finding a place to eat. Every restaurant was practically overflowing with hungry customers. We ended up queuing at David's Teahouse after making a short tour of all the eating places hehehe. Food was ok and conversation was lively (thanks bai Oggie and Ferdz!). I didn't notice the time until one of the waiters presented us with our bill as they are already closing for the night.

I got more photos here.
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Anonymous said...

hi kasimanwa!

grabe ka! you never cease to amaze me with those photos!

keep them coming!

Lantaw said...

@bariles - thanks bro! hopefully sa tinalak festival sa July 18 may nami man nga fireworks display :)

lagal[og] said...

hahaha, sarap magshoot nang libre, hahaha :-)

Lantaw said...

Mismo! hahaha

escape said...

another best set allan. proud na proud na ako ngayon sa mga pinoy photographers.

Anonymous said...

wow! Awesome, awesome pics! Wow, you don't know how much you inspire me. I'm interested in Photography, too, and I really love to learn more about the craft. From looking at your photos, I feel like there's a lot more stuff to learn than I figure.

God bless! Good to know you're from SocSKSarGen, too!

P.S. I'm linking you to my photo blog: http://aclworld.wordpress.com.

Lantaw said...

@dong - salamat bro! umaangat nga talaga ang skills ng pinoy sa photography. alam mo naman tayong mga pinoy likas na artistic. sana tuloy tuloy ang pag improve ng photo skills level nating lahat.

Lantaw said...

@Ayel - thank you so much bro! that is very flattering. I'm really not there yet but I continue to work on improving my photography skills at every opportunity. Keep on shooting!

Arianne The Bookworm said...

magnificent shots!! napapa-wow na lng ako sa mga pix :) by the way, i was with my sister last saturday and we also watched the Pyrolympics sa may MOA.. we were stepping on the same mall.. hehehe..

Lantaw said...

thanks claire! Baka nga nagkasalubong tayo dun :). Sobrang daming tao. Hirap din kami maghanap ng makakainan after the fireworks.

thanks for the visit!

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