PANAGBENGA'S FLORAL COSTUMES WOW TOURISTS
Baguio City, Feb. 25, 2003 -- With the spectacular show of flowers during each Baguio Flower Festival comes the ingenuity of the Filipino in creating elaborate costumes using materials like paper, cloth, feathers, etc, etc.
Panagbenga 2003, now on its 8th year, did not disappoint as costumes turned out to be more lavish, colorful and sophisticated than last year's.
Blame it on the economy. This year's street parade was devoid of the usual overflow of fresh flowers. Present instead were giant sunflowers and roses made from crepe paper and satin cloth. But meager funds aside, the floral garb still drew oohhs and ahhs from the thousands of local and foreign tourists that came to witness Panagbenga 2003.
Noteworthy among the costumes were Don Mariano Marcos University's entry: students dressed in giant cabbage roses in different colors made from crepe paper and St. Louis University's Greek goddesses in skull caps of beads accentuated with giant satin sunflowers.
In the college level, an entry was dressed up with tulle covered with satin sunflowers and crowned with a fan-shaped headdress of sunflowers and feathers.
In the five years that I have covered Panagbenga, the street dancers' clothes have
not fail to surprise avid Baguio tourists like myself. Just looking at the photos, who is to say that most of the schools suffered a 20 to 50 percent decrease in their budgets? (JEH D. RIVERA, Malaya)
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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