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Bringing artists into Panagbenga

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CLEAN UP Artist Rey Angelo Aurelio wanders through the Panagbenga (Baguio Flower Festival) street bazaar, called Session Road in Bloom, as a street sweeper to raise people’s awareness on proper waste management.         EV ESPIRITU

Painted in blue from head to toe, Rey Angelo Aurelio strode through the crowd on a side street from Session Road on Sunday, carrying a broomstick and dustpan.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Panagbenga: Sustaining a Baguio tradition

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FLORAL FLOATS, like this one displayed in 2011, are among the attractions in the Panagbenga (Baguio Flower Festival), a major tourist-drawing event that Baguio City stages every February. RICHARD BALONGLONG

More than 18 years ago, visitors had no good reasons to go to Baguio City, the summer capital, in February. Some did for the sake of their children or relatives who studied at the Philippine Military Academy, the country’s premier military school.

Posted: February 19th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Feasts turn Baguio into city of parades

THE CITY of Baguio opened the 19th Panagbenga  with a parade along Session Road that culminated at  Baguio Athletic Bowl where performers representing 11 schools showed off their best choreography. Saturday’s event  was the first in a series of parades in the long Spring Festival holiday  weekend. RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Tourists who spent the long Spring Festival holiday in the summer capital were treated on Saturday to the first of three parades, mounted by a succession of events that Baguio hosts in February.

Posted: February 1st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Man-made lake needs 34M liters of water

BOATS rented out to tourists returned to  Burnham Lake on Jan. 24 after workers began refilling it with water.  RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

True to their word, workers have completed the dredging of Burnham Lake here two weeks before the opening of the Baguio Flower Festival in February.

Posted: January 26th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Brrr weather warms hearts of Baguio folk, of DOT,‘ukay-ukay’

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HEARTWARMING Elders from Sadanga, Mountain Province, bear the coldest weather yet in the summer capital as they gather around Baguio Botanical Garden tightly wrapped in their colorful, woven “tapis.” The temperature dropped to 9.5 degrees Celsius in Baguio City on Friday. RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Tourism officials and ukay-ukay (secondhand bargain goods) traders in the summer capital rejoiced on Friday when the temperature dropped further to 9.5 degrees Celsius.

Posted: January 19th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

In Baguio festival, pols welcome but not their slogans

The Burnham Lake serves as a parade venue for the flower festival. It is currently being dredged, but the work is being rushed so the lake can be open for this year's lake float festival. EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Organizers of the Baguio Flower Festival have reinstated the no campaigning rule for politicians joining the annual crowd-drawing event.

Posted: January 16th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Session Road, park rehab expected before flower fest

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They were not aiming to break any records, but government engineers have worked out what are probably the fastest infrastructure projects in the city for January due to the Baguio Flower Festival that would start next month.

Posted: January 12th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Cure to Panagbenga discomfort: Tickets

THE BAGUIO Flower Festival has become the summer capital’s annual crowd drawer but an urban planner said the government must take steps to make sure the crowd does not become too big to handle for Baguio. EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

The annual Baguio Flower Festival, which has been drawing most of the summer capital’s tourists in the last decade, should start selling tickets to keep down to a manageable level the visitors who watch its street dancing and float parades, an American university expert said here on Friday.

Posted: January 5th, 2013 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Hottest Baguio days greet flower festival visitors

When the Panagbenga (Baguio Flower Festival) theme song starts to play in the street dancing parade today, the performers may be gyrating through unusually warm February weather being experienced by the summer capital.

Posted: February 24th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Slow road work worries execs in Baguio’s annual feast

A government contractor has sped up rehabilitation work on Baguio’s main gateway, Marcos Highway, amid public outcry due to traffic jams and uncoordinated traffic rules along a 1.38-kilometer stretch there that has turned off motorists, residents and tourists.

Posted: January 19th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

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