Panagbenga 2018 activities on

Following the 2018 Panagbenga opening with the elementary drum and lyre and streetdancing screening last Feb. 1, festival activities are going on in various venues.  

The Baguio Blooms exposition along Juan Luna and Lake Drive, Burnham Park, opened last Feb. 1, with Mayor Mauricio Domogan and other officials cutting the ribbon. The trade fair which offers products from other parts of the country lasts up to March 4.

This Sunday, Feb. 11, the Handog ng Panagbenga sa Pamilya Baguio goes on with the Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom painting activity, Panagbenga Kite-flying competition, Cultural Show and Fireworks display at the Melvin Jones Grandstand and Football grounds; while a mask painting is conducted by a sponsor at the same venue.

First-time activity Panagbenga color run guns off at 2PM at the Baguio Athletic Bowl on the same date, while the Creative Baguio Exhibit of Crafts and Folk Arts by the local government and Baguio Creative Council is from Feb. 11 to 24 at the Malcolm Square. Weaving and carving, among other creative arts are showcased on said dates.     

On February 14, the school-based competitionsfor floral arrangement for elementary and high school kicks-off with the Department of Education Schools division teachers and officials; with the Philippine Military Academy having their annual homecoming weekend on Feb. 16-18.

Still on Feb. 16, the Panagbenga Flower Tee Golf Tournament starts at the Baguio Country club, as the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival streetdance parade weaves its way from the main thoroughfare to chosen routes.

The 16th Panagbenga scrabble tournament is on Feb. 17 to 18, while the Bonsai Cup by the Baguio-Benguet Bonsai Club runs at the rose garden, Burnham Park on Feb. 17 to 24.

On Feb. 24, Josefa Carino, Emilio Aguinaldo, Dominican-Mirador, Baguio Central, Manuel L. Quezon, Mabini, Jose P. Laurel; Baguio elementary schools and Tuba Central School from Benguet drum and lyre and streetdancers join the grand parade with at least four high schools and 12 open category contenders for the cash prizes, doubled from last year.   

On Feb. 25, at least 26 floral floats in the small and big categories may be seen going down Session Road to Harrison road to the Melvin Jones Grandstand for viewing. According to BFFFI officials, the 90% fresh flower requirement for floats are maintained.   

Immediately after the float parade, Session road is closed up to March 4, for flower-themed products to be sold by nationwide suppliers.

On March 2, a Mr. Panagbenga and Miss Fitness Panagbenga 2018 muscle showdown happens at Easter School Gym.           

Pony boys day with games on horseback will be at Wright Park, on March 3, with the closing, awarding ceremonies on March 4 at the Baguio Athletic Bowl. Little Miss Panagbenga closes all activities at 5 PM, at the Melvin Jones Grandstand, with fireworks display on five stations at 7 PM.

In a press conference last week, Executive committee chair councilor Elmer Datuin; Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Chairperson of the policy and program review committee Mayor Domogan, and executive committee members Anthony de Leon and Freddie Alquiroz reiterated their invitation for festival-goers to join in all activities. 

“We intend to put on a very good show, come and join us,” the Panagbenga officials said.

Panagbenga is the only festival nationwide recognized by the International Festival and Events Association (IFEA), as announced early last year.    

The theme for this year’s celebration, on its 23rd edition is, “Celebrating Culture and Creativity.”-juliegfianza