1st Pyrotechnic Competition brightens the Christmas season of Gensan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (27 December 2014) – The 1st “Paskuhan sa Gensan” Pyrotechnic Competition finally came to a close, and spectators are left with higher expectations for next year.

Six contestants from different parts of the country painted the skies of Gensan with beautiful lights and colors for three straight nights on December 21-23.

The performers came from Manila, Dumaguete, Tacurong, North Cotabato, and Gensan.

Two contingents performed every night.

People flocked inside the Oval Plaza during the competition to witness the fireworks launched from the adjacent Mindanao State University High School campus.

Some towering structures around the MSU such as the Florotel Hotel and Sydney Hotel provided the best viewing spots not only for spectators but also for photographers as well.

The competition attracted visitors from nearby areas such as Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato and Sarangani Province.

The pyrotechnics were judged according to the volume of launched fireworks, luminosity and brightness, creative transition, and the overall composition of the display.

In the end, a team from Manila bagged the first prize (P80,000), while pyrotechnic artists from Matalam, North Cotabato (P60,000) and Gensan (40,000) got the second and third place, respectively.

Non-winners got P20,000 as consolation prize.

Jane Gollon-Rivera, Gensan Tourism Council chairperson and the organizer of the pyrotechnic competition, said they will make the competition bigger and brighter next year.

“As we see it, a lot of people were very happy to witness a fireworks competition in the city. It is the first time for something grand to happen here in Gensan and we vow that we will make it a regular event every Paskuhan sa Gensan,” Rivera said. (Gensan CPIO/Ian John M. Lagare)

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