Benguet flowers enough for floats-A A +A
Friday, February 22, 2013
ANTHONY de Leon, co-chairman of the Executive Committee of Panagbenga 2013, said flowers this year are enough for all floats to be used for the festival.
“Supply of flowers as well as their quality has not been affected,” he said.
De Leon said there has been no report of a shortage of blooms from the neighboring province of Benguet which stands as key supplier for flowers for the festival.
Flowers used in the float parade and the Largest Carpet of Flowers also come from Benguet flower farms.
De Leon said Panagbenga does not only promote Baguio, but also the Cordilleran Culture.
There are 19 floats participating during the weekend parades from the City of Baguio, Baguio Country Club, SM Baguio, Psalmstre, Creworks Asia, Smart Communication Inc., Department of Agriculture-CAR, Jollibee Foods Corporation, Taloy Norte Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative, Dole Philippines, Inc., North Luzon Express Way, Le Monet Hotel, GMA Network Inc., International Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (IPI), San Miguel Brewery, Inc., Argentina, ABS-CBN, La Trinidad, Benguet and MLhuillier.
All floats are mandated to be laden with fresh flowers which are ideally culled from La Trinidad, he added.
In La Trinidad, Barangay Bahong is considered as the center of the local cut-flower industry in this part of Benguet with cut-flower-producing barangays of this town, such as Ambiong and Alno.
Highlights of the festival are the grand street dancing parade in February 23 while the grand float parade is in February 24.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 23, 2013.