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The man who never ran out of ideas

THE BAGUIO Flower Festival helped draw tourists back to the summer capital in the 1990s.  EV ESPIRITU

Tributes for lawyer Damaso Bangaoet Jr., the man who helped birth Panagbenga (Baguio Flower Festival), poured after friends and colleagues learned about his death in Los Angeles, California, early Monday.

Posted: September 17th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Looking beyond Panagbenga

BANGAOET: 1940-2014  photo by VINCENT CABREZA

The Inquirer sat down with lawyer Damaso Bangaoet Jr. in February to solicit his views on the future of Panagbenga, the festival he helped create to draw tourists back to the summer capital.

Posted: September 17th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Bringing artists into Panagbenga

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 »

Flower fest crowd draws ads, church

FLOATS featuring fresh flowers grown in Benguet province draw tourists to Baguio City as the summer capital celebrates Panagbenga (Baguio Flower Festival). RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

The flower-bedecked floats that paraded in the 19th staging of Panagbenga (Baguio Flower Festival) on Sunday drew thousands of tourists—along with advertising and marketing people who tried to sell them new products and evangelists from various religious groups who tried to win souls.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Panagbenga: Sustaining a Baguio tradition

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 »