GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Seven top pyrotechnic teams from various parts of the country have confirmed participation in the city’s three-day grand fireworks and pyrotechnics display competition that will kick off on Sunday.

The competition, which is now on its second year, is among the highlights of the city’s 2015 Paskuhan sa GenSan festival.

Poppy Rillo, event organizer, said Friday the participating teams are from Manila, Dumaguete, Tacurong, Bohol and Matalam in North Cotabato and this city.

“All the necessary arrangements are already in place and we’re now ready for the actual competition,” Rillo said.

The city government has allotted a total of P330,000 in cash prizes for this year’s competition, which is expected to be grander than its debut last year.

The top winner will receive a cash prize of P100,000, which is up from last year’s P80,000, while the second and third placers will get P80,000 and P60,000, respectively.

Non-winning entries will still receive a consolation prize of P30,000 each.

Rillo said the competition will be staged at the city’s oval plaza grounds, which is the main venue of the Paskuhan festival.

To ensure the safety of the public, he said the fireworks will be fired from the nearby Mindanao State University–College of Education Training Department grounds.

“No one is allowed to enter the area during the pyrotechnic show,” Rillo said.

City Mayor Ronnel Rivera said they made this year’s a grand event as they are eyeing to develop it as an annual attraction every Christmas holidays for the city.

“If this pyrotechnic competition will become popular, then who knows, we can attract more people to come to our city. This will not only boost tourism, but the economic activities of he city as well,” Mayor Rivera said.

The mayor explained that they organized the competition to allow local residents to witness and enjoy beautiful fireworks displays without spending money or getting harmed.

“Not all of us has the capacity to buy fireworks. That’s why we got the idea of hosting a fireworks competition. That way, we can also make many people happy,” he said.

The Paskuhan sa Gensan pyrotechnic competition is a brainchild of the Coty Tourism Council, which is headed by the mayor’s wife Jane Gollon-Rivera.

The 2015 Paskuhan sa GenSan formally opened last December 14 and is slated until Dec. 23. PNA