Awesome Abra. Colorful and cheerful dancers during the Abra Kawayan Festival Street Dancing Competition that opening day of the March 5 to 9 Abra Kawayan Festival 2020. All 27 municipalities of Abra send in contingents for the competition. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Educational assistance. OWWA - CAR Regional Director Manuela Peña and OWWA Deputy Administrator Esther Margaux Uson posts with beneficiaries of Tuloy Aral Program, an educational grant for dependents of OFWs who experienced difficult circumstances to ensure that their schooling in public elementary and high schools will continue. The awarding was part of the Reaching Out to OWWA members and beneficiaries at Hotel Supreme, march 10. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Outstanding Women Leaders. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin magalong administers the oath taking of the Outstanding Women Leaders (OWLs) Inc new set of officials, namely: President - Emerita Fuerte, VP - Jennifer Mejia, Secretary: Mary Ann Tresmanio, Treasurer - Maria Christine Ponce Garcia, PRO - Maria Victoria Bugasto, Business Managers - Mila Lingbawan Singson & Jocelyn Mariano and Board of Advisers - Marlene Baltazar De Castro, Patricia Ann Gallardo Marcelo, Perlita Chan Rondez, Leah Fariñas & Imelda DC Bisnar. The City Officials and OWLS also lead the launching of the Kababaihan Festival 2020 during the Flag Raising Ceremony, Monday March 3. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Awesome Abra. Colorful and cheerful dancers during the Abra Kawayan Festival Street Dancing Competition that opening day of the March 5 to 9 Abra Kawayan Festival 2020. All 27 municipalities of Abra send in contingents for the competition. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

United Front vs COVID. DOH - CAR OIC Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan affirms that as of March 13, Cordillera remains zero or no confirmed case of COVID - 19 and there are 12 Person Under Investigation that are admitted to various health facilities, wherein four of the already tested negative. She also calls for public cooperation, as she assured that DOH, along with their partner government agencies and hospitals are ready to respond to any eventuality. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Prayers, rituals open Panagbenga 2020

BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 7 (PIA) -- The city government and the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc. formally kicked off the 25th Panagbenga or the Baguio Flower Festival on Saturday morning (Feb.1) sans traditional opening parade which was postponed amid the threat of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (nCoV).

 

An ecumenical prayer was delivered asking for successful the conduct of the Panagbenga and its different activities in the city and the protection of the city of Baguio and the rest of the world from nCoV.

 “We ask you Lord to deliver us from all evil, spare us from destructive calamities and from crimes  and most especially, deliver and protect us from the threats from the deadly coronavirus,” Catholic priest Fr. Rosito Pedro said in his prayer.

In his Islamic prayer, Uztadh Rohalas Muripaga called on Allah to make the Panagbenga better as an instrument of unity regardless of faith and diversity and protect the people from calamities and diseases and keep safe from the nCoV.

Councilor Vladimir Cayabas, in his uggayam, also prayed that the city and its residents will be safe from the virus as they appreciate the simple celebration of the Panagbenga.

In his welcome message, BFFFi Chairman for Life Mauricio Domogan in his day-eng or traditional prayers, also asked the blessing from the gods for the successful Panagbenga despite the Novel coronavirus scare. 

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong said that despite the postponement of the parade, he said that other events of the flower festival will continue and called on the public to continue showcasing the cultural heritage of the city and the city as a UNESCO Creative City. RMC PIA-CAR

 Domogan also prayed for the safety and health of the public against the virus and for them to understand that the government is doing its best to save its people.

"I also pray that the Panagbenga will continue to become an instrument in bringing progress to the city," he prayed in a local dialect.

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong explained that the postponement of the traditional opening parade to kick off the 25th Panagbenga festivities is to ensure the health and safety of residents and the tourists in the city.  The decision was arrived at during an interagency meeting on Friday spearheaded by the Department of Health-Cordillera and participated by officials of the City Government, the BFFFI, other government agencies and other stakeholders.

 Other events of the flower festival will continue, he said as he called on the public to continue showcasing the cultural heritage of the city which is a UNESCO Creative City.      

Baguio City officials led by Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Congressman Mark Go and BFFFI Chairman for Life Mauricio Domogan led the ribbon cutting ceremonies for the opening of the Baguio Blooms Exposition at the Baguio Convention Center area. ((RMC PIA-CAR) 

 After the opening program, the city and BFFI officials led the ribbon cutting ceremonies for the opening of the Baguio Blooms Exposition at the Baguio Convention Center area.

Panagbenga’s big events are expected to push through on later dates depending on the situation of the 2019 n-Cov. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis

 

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Mt. Province

IFUGAO

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