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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 »

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

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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 »

Creativity rides commerce at Baguio flower fest

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A giant “balangay” (wooden boat) rides the sea of commerce on the final week of the 18th Baguio Flower Festival, the only piece of art looming over tents filled with food and products from various parts of the country at the street bazaar called “Session Road in Bloom.”   The huge sunflower-bedecked boat, manned by [...]

Posted: February 26th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Grenade blast hurts 3 at Panagbenga

Singer-performer Gary Valenciano waves to the crowd at the Baguio Athletic Bowl Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, as the flower float carrying him passes by the stage. The culmination of the monthlong Panagbenga Festival literally started with a bang on Sunday after a hand grenade exploded outside the Baguio City Volunteers Against Crime office located near the grandstand at Burnham Park.  ABE CEROJANO/ INQUIRER.net

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines—The culmination of the monthlong Panagbenga (Flower) Festival literally started with a bang on Sunday after a hand grenade exploded outside the Baguio City Volunteers Against Crime (BCVAC) office located near the grandstand at Burnham Park, police said.   Only a few spectators were aware of the explosion, however, by the Melvin Jones [...]

Posted: February 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Bets keep low profile during Baguio’s main festival

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BAGUIO has been staging the Flower Festival for 18 years now, and despite the evolving pomp and pageantry, volunteers and participants manage to retain the colors and vibrance of the upland Cordilleras. EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Major roads were closed to traffic and almost every street vendor had something to sell on Saturday at the grand street dancing of this year’s Baguio Flower Festival, popularly known as Panagbenga.

Posted: February 23rd, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | 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 »

Panagbenga is symbol of rise of Baguio, says Tourism chief

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PANAGBENGA FEVER A man portraying Master Yoda of “Star Wars” fame livens up Sunday’s parade of floral floats during the celebration of the Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City. Tourists camped out at Session Road as early as 6 a.m. to ensure a good view of the parade. EV ESPIRITU / INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

The parade of floral floats in the 17th Panagbenga (Baguio Flower Festival) impressed Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. so much that he wanted to encourage everyone to plant flowers.

Posted: February 27th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Yellow dominant color in Baguio flower fest

Where were the yellow flowers that illuminated most Edsa I revolution memorials? They were either brandished or worn by young men and women, who performed for the 2012 Baguio Flower Festival street dancing parade on Saturday.

Posted: February 25th, 2012 in Headlines,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 »

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