Expected to be simple yet colorful, the launching ceremonies for the 17th staging of the Panagbenga festival shall have the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) band render the Pambansang Awit. This will be done after the parade of colors; the Philippine flag, the Baguio banner, and the sunflower-laden Panagbenga flag.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan shall declare the festival open, as Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio (HRAB) officer and Baguio Country Club General Manager Anthony de Leon and Freddie Alquiroz unveils the flower festival logo and theme.
The SLU dance troupe shall present a Panagbenga-inspired dance number. The mayor shall give the inspirational message, with the Baguio Hymn to close the ceremonies.
As in the past years, Panagbenga 2012 shall open with a parade on the first day of February, a month-long Market Encounter, and Session Road in Bloom during the last week after a weekend of streetdancing and float parades.
Other activities; the fluvial float parade at Burnham Lake, Chinese Spring Festival and pony boys’ day are also included in the Panagbenga calendar.
Conceptualized in 1995, the crowd-drawer flower festival has grown through the years with the Cordillera motif in all the activities, in the costume, street-dancing, float and even in its hymn. Innovative activities emerged, some worked well with the flower concept while others did not; while still others were revitalized year to year.
View Panagbenga 2011 Photos Here
Slide show photos by: Oswald Reyes