THOUSANDS of people trooped to SM City Cebu to witness the Cebu Pyrofest: The 1st Sinulog Fireworks Competiton on January 16, 2009 fronting The Northwing. Shoppers who had P500 receipts were given the chance to view the fireworks competition from the roof deck of the carpark.
Contestants include Avila Fireworks of Lapu-Lapu City, Wow Fireworks from Bohol, St.Michaelâ€™s Fireworks from Bulacan, Six J Fireworks from Manila, Digitrate Fireworks from Oroquita City, and DSS Fireworks from Dumaguete City.
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Judges of the contests were Douglas Nierras, the Artistic Director of The Powerdance; Gener Caringal, artistic director of the UE Dance Troupe and the Philippine Ballet Theater; Shirley Halili Cruz, head of the National Committee of Dance of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts; and Josefina Guillen, the President of the Folk Dance Society. The six competitors were judged according to beauty, style, timing, and audience impact.
The DSS Fireworks from Dumaguete City bagged the 1st prize of the 1st Sinulog Fireworks Competition with a prize of P80,000, while Wow Fireworks from Bohol placed second and took home P50,000.
The Lupon Anduyo, bringing along live percussions, served as drum beaters during the duration of the fireworks competition.
The event was supported by Sinulog Foundation Inc. Dolly Suzara, Project Director of Sinulog Foundation, thanked SM City Cebu for organizing and sponsoring such event, which was a big success and one of the highlights of the Sinulog celebration. (PR)