WITH a theme “Inspired by Beauty, Nurtured by Nature,” the annual Baguio Flower Festival kicks off February 1 in the city with the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc. (BFFFI) taking the lead anew.
BFFFI chief of staff Evangeline Payno said they have already communicated with their partners and have prepared for the 22nd Panagbenga celebration and ready to showcase the rich culture of Baguio City and the whole Cordillera region.
On February 1, an ecumenical prayer will be held at the Panagbenga Park starting 7:00 a.m. followed by special performance of University of the Cordilleras Hapiyoh Mi Cultural Group to open the festivity.
An opening parade from the park going to Session Road, Harrison Road and Athletic Bowl will mark the start of the month long festival.
After the parade will be the unveiling of the giant calendar of activities to be headed by the city officials and board of trustees and officers of BFFFI.
A drum and lyre eliminations competition will be participated by Baguio Central School, Dona Aurora Elementary School, Quezon ES, Pinget ES, Apolinario Mabini ES, Dominican Mirador ES, Josefa Laurel ES, Lucban ES, Emilio Aguinaldo ES, Josefa Carino ES and one school from Camp 6 Benguet.
The competing schools will be showcasing the complete and original Panagbenga composition with authentic dances during the parade and during the field demonstration.
They will be judged based on the concept of the theme through choreography, costume and props, music and performance. There would be random judging during the parade and field demonstration.
Only the top nine will perform during the grand street dance and float parade.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 30, 2017.
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