World Pyro Olympics 2009

[UPDATE] The Executive Committee of the World Pyro Olympics (WPO) 09 announces the postponement of the WPO originally set on November 28, December 5, 12 and 19, at the Bonifacio Global City to a later date early next year.

The incessant rains and flooding during the past months have rendered the firing area almost unfit for pyrotechnics launchings which have certain international standards to observe. The participating countries have thus agreed to postpone the event

Ticket holders are requested to contact WPO hotline 568-6908 / 384-0239 or log on to for more details.

The greatest show on Earth is back in town, and hopefully, there wouldn’t be any rains to mar the festivities like it did the previous years. The World Pyro Olympics 2009 promises to be the biggest and the brightest show this year, with a new venue, the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Still nowhere near where I live.


Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to watching at least one show; the event will span five consecutive Saturdays starting on November 21 to December 19, 2009. This year’s stellar list of participating countries include South Korea, China, Germany, Australia, Japan, Italy, Canada and the United States. Two countries will showcase their best every Saturday, culminating in a dazzling finale on the last weekend with the Fellowship of Fire where all participants will each have a show; plus an exhibition from the Philippines. The program presents an entirely different visual spectacle with the introduction of the pyro-musical – combining state-of-the-art fireworks displays and computer technology, with fireworks gracefully choreographed to music.

World Pyro Olympics 2009 map
Click on the map to view the larger version

The event’s move inland from the Manila Bay is one of the major difference of this year’s Pyrolympics. The new and expansive venue means it’s now a one-stop fun event for the whole family – drum and bugle competitions, bazaars, play areas for kids, food booths and other live entertainment. There will also be photo and video contests and exhibits.

Gates opens at 3pm, but fireworks do not start until 7:30pm. Fireworks show schedule are as follow:

November 21 – Germany and China
November 28 – Japan and Australia
December 5 – Canada and Italy
December 12 – Korea and USA
December 19 – Highlights from the participants and the La Mancha Group International

Tickets costs Php 200 per person for the general viewing area, Php 500 for the special viewing area, Php 1,500 for the VIP area (inclusive of dinner at Via Mare). For ticket reservations, call 568-6908 or 384-0239 or visit

So, see you on the 21st?

UPDATE: WPO’s PR sent in this map to help you find your way to the venue inside Fort Bonifacio.

How to go to the Pyrolympics 2009
How to go to the Word Pyro Olympics 2009. Click on the image to see the larger version.
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Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 7 Comments
  1. lagalog says:

    ei Nina, thanks for the referral. literally had a blast at the preview :D

  2. lagalog says:

    yep, we shall see you in one of ’em performances :D

  3. Flores says:

    How to reach this place from Sampaloc? Is there any FX or Jeepney. Is Taxi the only way to go to this place?

  4. nina says:

    Flores: I’ve updated the post with a map and a guide on how to go to Fort Bonifacio.

    Basically, you just need to make your way to the Ayala MRT station. From the station, go down the stairs on the Northbound side of EDSA. When you’re down in teh street level, keep walking and turn right at the first corner. There’s a bus there that goes around Fort Bonifacio.

  5. vhong says:

    Wow. I love your site. I actually planned to have a site like this with the same concept. I may copy some style from this. hehe.. Peace!

  6. Hi Nina,

    thanks for the info, will be posting this one later.
    i’ll grab some info from this, if you don’t mind.


  7. madz says:

    This one’s interesting, but isn’t it expensive?

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