New Year’s Eve in the Philippines has always been characterized with lots of fireworks going off in the neighborhood. This has become a regular occurrence until recently when the government issued Executive Order 28 which regulates (not necessarily ban) the use of firecrackers and other similar pyrotechnic devices.
The reasons for the ban are obvious – for safety and health. This is to minimize injuries (and even fatalities) related to the use of fireworks, as well as save our lungs from the noxious fumes they create. With that said, how can you celebrate New Year’s Eve without fireworks? Here are some suggestions:
You can watch fireworks displays in public areas (Metro Manila only) such as the grounds of SM Mall of Asia, Ayala Malls, Rizal Park or Luneta, Quezon Memorial Circle, Resorts World Manila, and Marikina Riverbanks. For those living outside Metro Manila, you may have to ask your local authorities if they are planning to hold the same in your locale.
Of course, there’s the traditional “Media Noche.” Spend this time to prepare and serve the must sumptuous meals you can. The joke circulating social media is when the holidays are over, we are bound to hit the gym again and lose the weight we have gained. Visit relatives, friends and neighbors (or invite them over) and partake of the feast.
If you do not like a quiet New Year’s Eve, you can blow toy trumpets (torotots), bang something like pots and pans, and even switch on your car alarm or honk your horns.
If You Insist
If you still want to light pyrotechnics, there are some that are allowed. The related law, Republic Act 7183 has listed certain fireworks that are allowed or deemed relatively safe to use. Like pulling firecrackers, pop-pops and sparklers.
What is not allowed are those that contain gunpowder exceeding 2 grams or those containing Sulphur mixed with phosphorous and chlorates. Such fireworks banned are “Piccolo,” “Super Lolo,” and “Whistle Bomb” to name a few.
To those who own guns, NEVER fire your guns on New Year’s Eve even if you live in remote areas where you think no one could get hurt. You never know where the bullets will land. When they go down, they travel much faster due to terminal velocity and they can even penetrate thin roofs and walls and hit anyone inside. Let’s not deprive anyone who wants to celebrate by sending them to the hospital or taking their lives accidentally. Let’s be responsible gun owners!
Let us all have a happy, safe and prosperous New Year!
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