Panagbenga 2013 st dancing and float parade, session road closed

By: 
Julie Fianza
Posted: 01-Mar-2013 / 1 year 42 weeks ago

BAGUIO CITY – The 18th staging of Panagbenga or the Baguio Flower Festival this year, refreshed by earlier showers, proved to be fit for a blooming debutante, as hordes of admirers came from afar joined by locals to have a glimpse of its youth and splendor.

This, as 18 competing contingents vying for the top prize joined by city officials led by Congressman Bernardo Vergara, Mayor Mauricio Domogan, and other city officials and sister city delegations from Vaughan, Ontario, Canada; Gongju City, South Korea; Taebaek City, South Korea and Vallejo, California marched from Upper Session road, Magsaysay Avenue-Harrison road, to Athletic Bowl, Burnham Park for a showdown of flower-powered performances.
The streetdancing contestants from Kabayan, Benguet; last year’s champion presented Adivay, a continuation of their 2012 performance; newcomer Philex school from Tuba, Benguet presented Dangtey ken Tayao; Tanghalang Teatro of Pines City National High School presented the pest-driving story of Hulin of Ifugao; Tribu Aritau of Nueva Vizcaya presented the traditional victory rite with the Sedsed and Bendian; “Insalay,” a ritual for rain, was also presented by the Sakusak Traditional Ensemble of Pinsao National High School.
The Tabuk group which won second place last year presented “Abuyog,” a story of Unity and Cooperation among Kalinga natives; Bumabanga ti Kalinga of St. Theresita’s School of Tabuk, Kalinga presented a story of pot-making, dancing with pot-balancing acts; Tsinakhon Cultural Association of Saint Louis University Laboratory High School presented the dry season rice production from Bontoc, Mt. Province; Teatro ni Pengentaan of the Baguio City National High School, School for Performing Arts, presented the wedding celebration of the Iowaks of Itogon, Benguet;
The cultural dance troupe of another newcomer, Baguio City Academy presented the Chono, wedding feast of the Mt. Province with activities such as the Fagfagto and Sanggor; the Cordillera Cultural Dance Troup of SLU presented the Say-ong from Abra; the Litangbon Culture from Bontoc, Mt. Province presented their customs and practices through colorful costumes and dances; and the Apayao Ipasindayao presented the Kabinnulig, planting, harvest and thanksgiving celebration.
Aguinaldo Elem. School, Lucban, Mabini, Baguio Central Elementary School, and Fort Del Pilar who won the judges’ approval during the opening parade joined the parade with their energetic and gigantic props-laden presentations.
Nearby, at the Ibaloi park, Baguio’s descendants of original settlers celebrated with Tayao and Ibaloi rites, with those from neighboring La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, and Tublay municipalities of Benguet.
Baguio Blooms floral landscapes at the Burnham Skating rink is also open until March 3 where spectators may promenade among artists’ masterpieces; of plants, huts, rocks and waterfalls.
Exhibitors are also having their two-day stint this weekend at the Athletic Bowl.  
After the float parade this morning, Sunday, Session road shall be closed for a week with food stalls, plant and flower-themed indigenous products on the city’s main thoroughfare.
About 20 floats are expected to flaunt their wheel-based assembled blooms down Session road, with some corporate giants, the Department of Agriculture, the labor office, the Municipality of La Trinidad and two national media groups, all having their own interpretation of this year’s theme: “A Blooming Odyssey.” 
The winners shall be announced during the closing ceremonies on March 3 at the Athletic Bowl, Burnham Park; with a fireworks display to cap the month-long celebration.  
Pony Boys day with horse-races, games on horseback for gentlemen, ladies and teen-agers shall be played on March 2, Saturday, at the Athletic Bowl.     
This year’s theme and activities focuses on the fiesta atmosphere of Panagbenga’s 18-year travails; from John Hay Poro Point Development Corporation (JPDC) and the Bases Conversion Development Authority, to the city government-led festival, to the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation, Inc. with support from the community, the tourism sector and loyal visitors.
            In an earlier press conference, Mayor Domogan invited everybody to share the sights and festivities: “Come and celebrate the season of blossoming with us, this is our festival!” he said.

Post new comment

Type the characters you see in this picture. (verify using audio)
Type the characters you see in the picture above; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.

OTHER TOP STORIES

rules set on issuance of clearances, permits over calt-covered lots
Posted: 04-May-2014 / 33 weeks 10 hours ago
              BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week issued the guidelines in the issuance of locational clearances and building permits over areas covered by Certificate of Ancestral Land Titles (CALTs) in the city....
Cordi solons to file new autonomy bill
Posted: 04-May-2014 / 33 weeks 10 hours ago
  Responding to  the consensus  reached in local consultations and aired  in last Wednesday’s Cordillera  Summit here,  the region’s congressional representatives vowed to renew the constitutionally mandated push for self-rule by filing a new bill for...
City celebrates liberation of baguio
Posted: 01-May-2014 / 33 weeks 3 days ago
  BAGUIO CITY – The “unwavering courage, honorable service and unselfish lives” of our World War II veterans should serve as inspiration to the younger generation, thus exhorted Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Superintendent Major General Oscar Lopez as speaker for the...
City prepares for summer vacation
Posted: 31-Mar-2014 / 38 weeks 1 hour ago
  BAGUIO CITY - Summer is just around the corner.  The city of pines, being the summer capital of the Philippines will be expecting influx of thousands of domestic as well as foreign tourist this summer vacation. To sustain peace and order in the city, the Baguio City...
300 SPES grantees for 2014
Posted: 31-Mar-2014 / 38 weeks 1 hour ago
              BAGUIO CITY  -  The city government here pledged 300 slots for the Special Program for employment of Students (SPES) this year.           ...

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Ivadoy Day
By: REDJIE MELVIC CAWIS / PIA
Posted: 01-Mar-2014 / 42 weeks 1 day ago
Department of Tourism Regional Director Purificacion Molintas leads the Ibaloi traditional dances during the Onjon Ivadoy or the Ibaloi Day Festivities at the Children’s Park last week. 
Champion Float
By: REDJIE MELVIC CAWIS / PIA
Posted: 01-Mar-2014 / 42 weeks 2 days ago
The Casino Femme Float of the International Pharmaceutical Inc. (IPI)-Christianity featuring Cleopatra and her worshippers as signs of paganism in the ancient times and Señor Santo Niño the sign of Christianity and Catholics. The float covered with the bountiful flowers was the champion in the Grand Float Parade competition of the Baguio Flower Festival last weekend.
Grand Slam Winner
By: REDJIE MELVIC CAWIS / PIA
Posted: 01-Mar-2014 / 42 weeks 2 days ago
The Kamora National High School from Kabayan in Benguet won for the third time the championship crown of the street dancing competition of the 19th Baguio Flower Festival or Panagbenga 2014 in Baguio City during the weekend.
STATE OF THE ART PARKING COMPLEX
By: PAUL RILLORTA
Posted: 01-Mar-2014 / 42 weeks 2 days ago
 City  Mayor Mauricio Domogan explains to media the proposed  parking complex planned by an Australian Firm to rise at the  Melvin Jones Football grounds consisting of an underground  parking bay and two parking towers.
Sister City Renewal
By: Yooj Valbuena
Posted: 01-Mar-2014 / 42 weeks 2 days ago
Kyu-Sik Myung, (3rd from right) Vice Mayor of our sister city of Gongju, South Korea presented tokens to city officials headed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, during a welcome dinner and MOU signing for a renewal of sister city ties program last Feb. 22, 2014.

Post new comment

Type the characters you see in this picture. (verify using audio)
Type the characters you see in the picture above; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.