The organizing committee of Panagbenga 2007 in Baguio City has just released its tentative schedule of activities. Final sked will be out as kinks will be ironed out. And wil definitely be there together with some buddies, even if the schedule says that the grand parade will be on a Saturday, instead of a Sunday as it was years ago. Meaning, damn, I should be there as early as the evening of February 22nd or the morning of February 23rd.
From Sun.Star Baguio:
Tentative Panagbenga 2007 programs out
PANAGBENGA 2007 will be launched on February 1 with a drum and lyre and street dancing parade along the main thoroughfares, together with other traditional activities and fresh ideas for the flower festival.
Local and foreign tourists are expected to flock to the city for the month-long festivities, all the more since the traffic number coding scheme for private vehicles has been suspended for the period and beyond.
Main activities include the market encounter tentatively set from February 3 to March 4, with landscaping exhibits, carpet of flowers, floral and related products, food outlets, cultural programs, fashion shows, musical presentations, flower related demonstrations, and lectures.
The proposed permanent Panagbenga Park is also slated for launching on February 23 at Upper Session Road. The park is for consistent winners for the past years in the flower festival landscape contests, to be permanently maintained as part of the city’s parks.
The most-awaited grand festival parade and street dancing as participated in by the different schools, local organizations, and visiting contingents from all over the country will be featured on February 24. A fireworks display will also be featured in the evening.
Following the grand parade is the float and marching band competitions on February 25.
“Session Road in Bloom,” another traditional event, is scheduled on February 26 to March 4, as Session Road will be closed to traffic to accommodate flower and flower product stalls. Sidewalk cafes and food outlets will be set up along the city’s main thoroughfare. Entertainers will also perform in selected areas of the road.
The closing ceremony is tentatively set on March 4 where ground demonstrations, exhibitions and awarding of winning entries will be done. A fireworks display will also be featured to cap the event.
Other activities tentatively booked for the 12th edition of the crowd-drawing event are musical drama variety show and amateur singing contest at the Baguio Convention Center (BCC), benefit concert for Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation, Baguio Athletic Bowl, floral fashion show at the skating rink at the Burnham Park, weddings made in heaven, Santacruzan at the Burnham Park, floral boat competition at the lake, search for Ms. And Mr. Fashionista 2007, and Campus Radio battle of the band.
Other flower-related activities are being planned by the managements of Camp John Hay (CJH), Baguio Country Club, Shoemart Baguio, and the Baguio Muslim Community for various activities in their respective venues.
A variety of food, decorations, and cultural presentations are also expected to abound during the period because local and foreign representatives will showcase their own products.
Major TV stations in the city have planned musical contests and concerts. The barangays have also organized their activities. Other activities would also be scheduled by interested entities.