Panagbenga’s crowd drawer

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By Jonathan Llanes

The Maryknoller

Thursday, February 27, 2014

IN MY 18 years of covering one of the country’s premiere festival, the grand street and float parade continues to be the no.1 crowd drawer of the summer capital’s Panagbenga.

And this year’s staging can be considered as one of the exceptional showings as it chose to dress the children in recycled costumes, coupled with the outstanding showing of colorful floats.

Notable was the colorful costumes worn by participants of the drum and lyre in the elementary and high school students. Panagbenga continues to get its cheers due to the charming faces of the children who after so many months of practice, have finally presented their graceful number.


Let us not discount the identity of the cultural heritage of the Baguio Flower Festival. The region’s traditional and colorful G-string and Tapis remain to be the epitome of what a Cordilleran and the Cordillera is.

A rich cultural tradition and identity that have not been left to the past but remains present to this date.

On the float parade, it’s definitely not a joke to come up with a float that will appreciate the taste of the viewing public. But this year’s showing to me can be considered to be one of the most colorful as it showcased a leveling up of creativeness.

Sadly though, the Cinderella carriage that experienced mechanical trouble only made it to Harrison road. And unfortunately, the colorful flowers that have covered it were gone in jiffy as everyone wanted to have a piece of the colorful flowers.

But one thing I appreciated last Sunday was the concern of the viewing public for the beauty of the horse float that had difficulty in traversing the base of the U-shaped overpass. Their constant warning thwarted the possible destruction of the float that successfully hurdled the problem.

But in general, all is well that ended well!

In last Wednesday Kapihan, BFFFI chairman Anthony De Leon and co-chairman Freddie Alquiroz have stated that the Baguio Flower Festival continues to be a work in progress.

And as such, expect changes to happen next year. Among these are the scrapping out of hall of famers and inviting them to compete in next year’s grand street and float parade.

This means that the different universities and colleges will again be invited to compete as in the past. As early as now, were looking at a more colorful, creative, and probably, fantastic!

And one suggestion would be inviting the Philippine Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Bands in the drum and lyre competitions. Whewwww!
Wouldn't that be a site!

Once again, congratulations to all of us who supported Panagbenga 2014!

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 28, 2014.


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