Issue of February 10, 2019
     
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Organizers to devote a day for culture in 24th Panagbenga
by Rimaliza A. Opiña

To those who are used to watching the biggest events of the Panagbenga on the last weekend of February, there is still something to watch out for even if organizers decided to move the street dan-cing and float parades on the first week of March.

Panagbenga organizing committee co-chair Freddie Alquiros said for the first time, one weekend will be devoted for cultural dance presentations.

He said the cultural show is one of the new events in the 24th edition of the Panagbenga.

He said this is also the organizing committee’s response to comments that some presentations were culturally inappropriate or that the presentations were lacking in terms of depicting the culture of the Cordillerans.

Alquiros said the Panagbenga culture committee organized a seminar-workshop for 80 choreographers to upgrade their skills.

The cultural show will be on Feb. 23. The time and venue will be announced soon.

The Baguio Flower Festival Foundation, Inc. (BFFFI) also approved the increase in the subsidy and prizes of participants in the street dancing and float parades and landscaping.

For the street dancing, Alquiros said from the P40,000 subsidy for schools in the past, the BFFFI Board of Trustees agreed to add P60,000, from which P40,000 will go to the schools, while P60,000 will be distributed among the students to cover additional expenses for costumes or props.

Alquiros said the BFFFI intends to increase the subsidy every year to entice more participants.

The organizing committee has also reported that sponsors have started to come in.

As of Jan. 30, corporate sponsors that have signed up are Yippee, Victory Liner, Jollibee, Chowking, Smart, and Baguio Country Club.

In anticipation of the arrival of crowds who will witness the street dancing and parade of flower-bedecked floats on March 2 and 3, respectively, the Baguio City Police Office has beefed up security and reminded residents and tourists who have their own vehicles to commute when they intend to go to the central business district.

Traffic Management Unit head, C/Insp. Oliver Panabang, said parking spaces at the CBD can only accommodate 2,057 vehicles.

Ideally, for vehicles to run smoothly on the city’s roads, there should only be 10,000 to 15,000 vehicles plying the CBD, Panabang added.


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