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Baguio to launch Panagbenga 2012

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Once again, the rhythmic Panagbenga hymn composed by Dean Macario Fronda of the Saint Louis University shall be heard as Baguio Flower Festival 2012 is launched during the city hall flag-raising ceremonies this Monday, Nov. 14.
Expected to be simple yet colorful, the launching ceremonies for the 17th staging of the Panagbenga festival shall have the Philippine Military Academy band render the Pambansang Awit. This will be done after the parade of colors; the Philippine flag, the Baguio banner, and the sunflower-laden Panagbenga flag.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan shall declare the festival open, as Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio officer and Baguio Country Club General Manager Anthony de Leon and Freddie Alquiroz unveils the flower festival logo and theme.
The SLU dance troupe shall present a Panagbenga-inspired dance number. The mayor shall give the inspirational message, with the Baguio Hymn to close the ceremonies.
As in the past years, Panagbenga 2012 shall open with a parade on the first day of February, a month-long Market Encounter, and Session Road in Bloom during the last week after a weekend of streetdancing and float parades.
Other activities; the fluvial float parade at Burnham Lake, Chinese Spring Festival and pony boys' day are also included in the Panagbenga calendar.
Conceptualized in 1995, the crowd-drawer flower festival has grown through the years with the Cordillera motif in all the activities, in the costume, streetdancing, float and even in its hymn. Innovative activities emerged, some worked well with the flower concept while others did not; while still others were revitalized year to year.
The Baguio Flower Festival Foundation, Inc. takes over the helm for next year's celebration, with support from the local government, the academe and other private entities.
Meanwhile, as Baguio City launches BFF 2012, the Province of Benguet celebrates its 111th Foundation Anniversary with Adivay; with medical-dental outreaches and health fair, sports, environmental, musical and cultural, economic programs and fora in various venues; and a street dancing parade, and drum and lyre competition on Nov. 19.
An agro-industrial and trade fair shall be done at the Benguet Sports Center, Wangal on Nov. 16-26, while an Agri-Eco-Tourism Summit is scheduled on Nov 17-18 at the Techno-Demo Center within the same venue. -PIA
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Last Modified: 2014-Sep-29 13.28.54 UTC +0800