Baguio City Launches Panagbenga 2013

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By Joseph B Zambrano

BAGUIO CITY –Panagbenga 2013 with the theme,  “A Blooming Odyssey”  promises to be will be a lot more fun and  colorful  and full of  surprises  to delight    the expected  thousands  of  expectators.

During the launching of the  Panagbenga  2013   or the Baguio Flower Festival which is now on its 18th year on February next year,    Mayor Maurico Domogan said  bared that   month-long celebration will start with an opening parade  on February 1, 2013 and the  closing ceremonies  scheduled on March 3, 2013.

The highlights which are the Grand Street Dancing Parade   will be on February 23 and the Grand Float Parade on February 24 featuring indigenous taste and attractive flowers, Domogan said.

Freddie Alquiroz, chairman of the Panagbenga executive committee,  emphasized that next year’s participating floats must be composed of 90 percent flowers so that the crowd will be able to really appreciate  locally grown flowers.

Alquiroz said pointed out that since it will be election year, politicians are prohibited to be part of the street dancing and float parade  and  in distributing campaign materials during the event.

Domogan exclaimed that the preparation of the much awaited event yearly is three months ahead so that everything will be in order.

The Baguio Flower Festival is a government-led community supported event in order to attract visitors in the city.

The Panagbenga  remains the city’s   biggest crowd drawer.  (JBZ PIA-CAR)

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