Monday, May 20, 2019

Flower fest parades promise color, talent

BAGUIO. Street dancers from the elementary, high school and open division kick off the two-day parades as celebration of the annual Baguio flower Festival gets going Saturday and Sunday with 17 competing in street dancing and 24 joining the float parade. (Photo by Jean Nicole Cortes)

A WEEKEND spectacle of talent and color promises to awe the crowd in the 24th edition of the Baguio Flower Festival.

For Saturday’s street dancing competition, there will be 17 groups in elementary, high school and open category fighting it out for the top plum.

In the elementary category, contingents include Lucban Elementary School, Tuba Central School, Mabini Elementary School, Jose P. Laurel Elementary School, Baguio Central School, Dontongan Elementary School and the Manual L. Quezon Elementary School.

Competing in the high school category are Baguio City National High School, University of the Cordilleras and Saint Louis University Senior High, Remnant International College, Pinsao national High School and Pines City national High School.

In the Open category, four contingents battle it out with the Saint Louis University College, Calasiao Pangasinan, Kibungan and Mana–it Group.

Winner of the cultural competition will also show the crowd their winning numbers led by first placer, Arusan Chi Umili Cultural Group, second placer Ayyoweng Di Lambak Cultural Group, third placer Gardeners Tribe Cultural Group, fourth placer Cholibes Cultural Group and fifth placer Umili Ay Kalalayan Cultural Group.

Special guest performers also include performances by the Tribu Ilongaon from Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation and the Ilocos Norte group.

Non competing floats to parade include the City Government of Baguio, The Department of Tourism with hall of fame contingents the Baguio Country Club, SM City Baguio and NLEX Corporation.

Official entries for the big floats are ABS-CBN, Camella Homes, Generika, GMA Network, International pharmaceuticals Incorporated, Jollibee Foods Corporation, Kiwanis International, MC Master Siomai Hut Incorporated, M. Lhuiller Financial Services Incorporated, RJ 7 Entertainment, Sitel Philippines Corporation, Valley Bread and Yippi / TCA Philippines.

For the small float category, contingents include Coca Cola Beverages Philippines incorporated, Enchanted Kingdon Incoporated, Igorot Treasure, Lubao INterbational Balloon and Music Festival in Pradera Verde, Mega Global Corporation, MV Alabanza Longganisa, Palawan Pawnshop and Palawan Express Pera Padadala, Paymaya Philippines Incorporated, Pizza Hut, Shakeys Pizza Asia Ventures (Baguio Branch) and the Taloy Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative.

Prizes for the twin competitions have been upgraded with the Big float category giving a P500k top plum followed by a P300 and P200,000 prize for runners up while the small float category will have a P300-150 and 100,000 plum.

For the street dancing competition the elementary category will have a P200,000; 150,000 and 100,000 prize while open category will have a P200,000; 150,000 and 100,000 prize. Subsidy for each contingent is also allotted.

The 2019 staging of the BFF is themed “Blooming Forward.”


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