Jul 17, 2024

Photos by Diones Lago

August 16, 2023 – It didn’t take much to rally the troops, so to speak.

When the Philippines’ Blue Peacock Fireworks delivered the goods as a first-time competitor at this year’s Honda Celebration of Lights (HCOL) on July 29, audiences reciprocated the spectacle by voting for it as best in show in both the People’s Choice and Judge’s Competition awards.

Team Philippines bested teams representing Australia and Mexico in a final show of the three-night spectacle, “based on a tightly choreographed performance” according to the HCOL organizers. 

Robert Basihan, Blue Peacock Fireworks designer, shared with Canadian Filipino Net (CFNet) that the team celebrated the win with friends and media as well as a well-deserved break at Cultus Lake in early August.

Vancouver-based Canadian Filipino photographer Diones Lago captured the event, recording the win for posterity, and he shares his images here in this current edition. Lago has a keen interest on fireworks amid the Vancouver skyline. 

Lago told CFNet that the opportunities for to shoot fireworks are endless “from Canada Day to New Year’s Eve and the always anticipated annual Honda Celebration of Lights.”

About the Author
Rachel Ramos-Reid started writing for magazines and newspapers when she was still a junior at the University of the Philippines’ Communication degree program majoring in Journalism. She continued to write in a public relations/corporate communications capacity in various private and government offices until moving out of the country in 1997 to work as Programme Officer for the arts and culture branch of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO-SPAFA) in Bangkok, Thailand. At the end of her term, Rachel found herself immigrating to Canada in the year 2000 and again searching for new beginnings. Currently she is the Executive Assistant to a small rural college on Vancouver Island.

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