Panagbenga 2016 opens Feb. 1

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Sunday, 31 January 2016 - Last Updated on February 6, 2017


It’s festival season once again in this mountain resort with the Panagbenga 2016 or Baguio’s Flower Festival set to open this Monday, February 1, with the grand parade and drum and lyre competition for the elementary level.


Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc. (BFFFI) officials headed by chairperson Anthony De Leon, in a kapihan media forum Wednesday, assured that it’s all systems go for the grand opening parade that will be joined by city barangays and 11 elementary school contingents.


Baguio City Councilor Michael Lawana said that all the barangays contingents are ready with their colorful costumes for the parade.


BFFFI cultural committee chair Rebecca Nulud disclosed that performers will be accompanied by Philippine folk songs or original Filipino music.


Baguio City Police Office PSSupt. George Daskeo assured that traffic management and crowd control are in place, in partnership with private volunteer groups and augmentation from the Police Regional Office- Cordillera.


Simultaneous with the grand opening parade is the ribbon cutting of Baguio Blooms at the Burnham Lake Drive featuring a landscape exposition and trade fair.


Baguio Blooms chairperson Councilor Elaine Sembrano that landscapers from Baguio and nearby towns of Benguet are finishing their landscapes.


For the trade fair, only 150 will be installed this year and will occupy only side for better movement of people.


Baguio Blooms will be open for the whole duration of Panagbenga or up to March 6.


Various activities are lined up for the one-month Flower festival with the Grand Street Parade scheduled on February 27 and much anticipated Grand Float Parade on Feb. 28.

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