I spent my New Year Eve of 2014 in Manila. I have always been fascinated by fire and charmed by fireworks. It was around October of 2013 when I first read about the World Pyro Olympics held in Manila. On further research, I discovered that it was an international competition held annually in the Philippines, due to the country’s extremely lax fireworks legislation. Every New Year’s Eve celebration, hundreds of people in Manila are injured by the fireworks launched wildly into the air above the densely populated areas. 2013 was a challenging year for me, and so I wanted to spend time in a special place to usher in a brand new year and beginning. So the Philippines, and more specifically Manila, became a natural choice.
What did I see? A good representation of the atmosphere I was in then: