BAGUIO  CITY  IN  FULL  BLOOM

MANILA, March 1, 2006 (MALAYA) Over the weekend, Baguio City once again reverberated with the sights, sounds and scents of the annual Baguio Flower Festival, also known as Panagbenga, a Kankana-ey word which means "a season on blossoming."

The festival, now on its 11th year, serves as a tribute to the Cordillera culture, beautiful flowers the city has been known for, as well as to the community spirit that has helped the city recovery after a devastating earthquake in 1990.

Established in 1995, the Festival is aptly celebrated every February when flowers in the country’s Summer Capital are in full bloom. For two consecutive days, crowds gather along Session road, the city’s major thoroughfare and nearby vantage points to observe the events: On Day 1, participants from different schools and barangays dressed in colorful Cordillera or floral-themed costumes, entertain the crowd with rambunctious streetdancing and band performances as they march down Session road towards the Melvin Jones football grounds; on the same route, Day 2 is highlighted by a grand parade of floats filled with a wide array of blooms and foliage. (See related story in the Travel Section, page 15)

Other scheduled events for the festival are: Session Road in Bloom, until Mar. 5; Country Garden Fair, Market Expo at the Melvin Jones, 7 am to 12 midnight, ongoing until Mar 20; Fun at Fairyland, Children’s Playground, 8AM to 5 PM, Feb. 18-Mar. 20; Session road Pan-aaspulan, 7 am to 12 midnight, until Mar. 5; and Gabi ng Pasasalamat with fireworks display at the Athletic Bowl, 6 pm on March 12.Other featured events are the Science Centrum Fair at the Baguio Convention Center, 8 am, until Mar. 3 and Local Arts Show at the People’s Park 8 am to 10 pm, until March 5. For more info, log on to www.baguio.gov.ph/panagbenga. – S. Diez


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