Getting Ready for New Year? Welcome 2015 with a Big Bang with These Fireworks and Firecrackers Buying Tips
Our New Year’s celebration never seemed to be complete without firecrackers and fireworks regardless of the local government’s campaign against the use of them. Surely, you might notice corner shops and seasonal outlets starting to sprout the aisles of the majority of shopping malls in Philippines selling pyrotechnics. Hearing blasts and watching colors is certainly fun. However, be reminded that the fun part starts with buying the right firecrackers and fireworks and knowing how to use them properly.
First things first… Did you know the difference between a firecracker and firework?
When lit, a firecracker makes a single often blasting sound. They often have a fuse or wick that only takes a few seconds before they explode upon lighting it. Firecrackers can be bought in packs, bundles or bricks. Fireworks, on the other hand, typically produce no sound although they provide stunning visual effects and displays of colorful sparks. Fireworks can be ground (fountain) or aerial (Roman candle, baby rocket, etc.).
For an evening that is full of lighters in the sky, you will probably need Php5,000 and up. As much as possible, bring cash with you; not all stores accept debit and credit cards. Just make sure that the money is secured in your bag. Don’t buy on the first store you visit, and haggle if you can. Don’t go too low though. Be reasonable when you haggle. Sellers need to earn, too. Sometimes, sellers are willing to give buyers discounts especially when they are buying in bulk.
Also, try buying where firework shops are near one another. Malls, for instance, require that the same or related businesses sit together for easier categorization and identification. This is an opportunity for you to compare prices and buy from the store that best suits your budget. Anyhow, unless the firecrackers and fireworks are branded, they usually come from Bulacan.
You may ask each store what it can give you for Php5,000. They will undoubtedly come up with a combination of the best firecrackers and fireworks that your budget can afford. Nonetheless, based on the price changes in the last several years, the prices of the most on-demand firecrackers and fireworks will be around:
- Five star – Php25/pack
- Kwitis – Php10/pc
- Roman candle – Php160/bundle
- Whistle bomb – Php25/pc
- Whiskey – Php45/pc
- Trompillo – Php60
- Battery – Php65/pc
- Judas belt (50 rounds) – Php35
- Sawa (1,ooo rounds) – Php300
- Fountain (small) – Php300
There are also packages that start from Php5,00o up to Php50,000. The locals troop to Bulacan specifically in Bocaue to buy their firecrackers and fireworks supply. Bulacan is dubbed as the Fireworks Capital of the Philippines. Prices shoot up from December 20th up to the 30th, so it is best to buy before those dates. Stores are open until 12 midnight of December 31st.
Smoking is prohibited anywhere near the stores. In 2007, about 10 stalls were burned due to a standby-er who threw a still-lit cigarette near one of the stalls. Don’t take chances. Whenever you see someone smoking beside any store, politely ask him to leave the premises for a while and just come back after he had finished smoking. Better yet, inform an authority. Police visibility is high during this season in entire Bocaue and of course, on shopping centers.
New Year is well-celebrated here in the Philippines. However, enjoying a sparkly night never means to be irresponsible somehow. Part of our responsibility to ourselves, loved ones and communities is ensuring that everyone’s safe while having fun. With that, make sure that you buy, store, transport and use fireworks and firecrackers in the most diligent manner. It is true they say that it is always better to be safe than sorry.
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