The opening parade will be highlighted by the seven entries for the Drum and Lyre and Street Dancing - Elementary School category, with each contingent showcasing a particular Philippine flower and unique Cordillera cultural dance steps. Their opening day performance will form 30 percent of their actual rating for the Panagbenga 2019 grand street dancing competition set on March 2.
The Philippine Military Academy Band and the Saint Louis University high school and college marching bands will also spice up the opening parade show.
The traditional Baguio Bloom Exposition and Exhibition ((trade fair, food expo and landscaping competition) will also open at the Burnham Park Skating rink area.
Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc.(BFFI), the private partner and co – organizing committee of the City government of Baguio for the annual Panagbenga festival, headed by Anthony De Leon and Freddie Alquiroz, hosted a kapihan media forum Wednesday at the Baguio Country Club to give update on the scheduled activities and preparations for this year’s Baguio Flower Festival.
Joining the BFFFI were officers of the Baguio City Police Office headed by City Director PSSupt. Eliseo Tanding who gave media briefing on the security and traffic management plan for the event.
This year’s Panagbenga, with the theme “Blooming Forward” is the 24th staging of Baguio Flower Festival. It will run from February 1 to March 10 with the traditional and community led events.
The six- week festivities will be highlighted by the Grand Street Dancing competition on March 2 and the Grand Float Parade on March 3.
Added feature for this year Panagbenga is the open cultural dance competition set on February 23.
Other traditional Panagbenga events are the Spring Festival celebration (Feb. 6),PMA Alumni Homecoming weekend (Feb. 15 – 17), Handog ng Panagbenga sa Pamilya Baguio (Feb. 17), Session Road in Bloom (Mar. 4 – 10), and the Pony Boys Day (Mar. 9).
For the Panagbenga opening and the whole of February, the chilly weather is expected with February usually the coldest month here in the country’s mountain resort.
The lowest temperature recorded by PAGASA in the city so far since January 1 this year was 9.2 degrees Celsius at 5AM of January 30.(JDP/CC-/PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar