Issue of March 4, 2018
     
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An open letter to the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation, Inc.
DANILO P. DAGUIO, Baguio City

I am writing in my personal capacity as a resident of Baguio City.

I have always been proud of Panagbenga, particularly of the grand float parade. I am one in promoting it as a world-class festival.

However, I am disappointed with the results of the recent floral float competition. While I respect the decision of the judges, let me inform you of my observations (I was at the assembly area at 4 a.m., joined the parade and stayed at Melvin Jones until 7 p.m. (of Feb. 25) that prompted me to suspect that the judging was done unfairly.

In previous years, the judges started judging at the assembly area, scrutinizing every detail of the floats and even when the floats were already parked. This year, I did not see any judge getting near the floats, both at the assembly area and at Melvin Jones. Was the competition pre-cooked?

This is not to underestimate the float of Master Siomai which was adjudged champion in the competition, but the float does not seem to meet a world-class quality which we all wanted Panagbenga to be. The thousands of spectators have seen that the Master Siomai float is far from the other floats in terms of creativity of design, floral craftsmanship, artistic merit, floral and color presentation, and dramatic impact, all criteria for judging.

Besides, the float of Master Siomai does not at least project the theme “Celebration of culture and creativity.” What the float emphasized was their siomai and the flowers used were very ordinary and common to be deserving of big points for any of the criteria for judging.

Most of all, should a float be declared champion when the owner violates the rules?

The guideline says “Participants must also take into consideration that their floats will be put on display for 24 hours after the parade as part of the judging and must therefore make sure that their float remains intact and presentable for that length of time.”

The Master Siomai float did not adhere to this rule. As early as 5 p.m., after the parade, the float was left unguarded that was why spectators were free to get near the float, climbed on it, and ransacked the float. At 5:30 p.m., what was left was the skeleton of the float. That prompted the police to roam with their megaphones advising the people not to get near the floats. Were there judges at that time? There were none, because they adjudged a delinquently, poorly crafted float a champion.

May this be an eye opener to the organizers.

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MORE ON WEEK'S MAIL
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:: BFFFI reply to open letter on Panagbenga float judging
This has reference to Mr. Danilo Daguio’s letter pertaining to several observations during the conduct of the grand float parade competition held last Feb. 25.
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:: Wrong pronunciation of Panagbenga
I would just like to air my observation regarding how the word "Panagbenga" was pronounced by a reporter of a Manila–based television channel last Feb. 24.
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:: Preventing pupil from eating during recess as a punishment
I am writing with a hope that the Department of Education in Baguio and the head of Baguio Central School will address a particular concern we have been having with our child’s teacher.
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:: Kidney patients thank sponsors and Samaritans
We, the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center Dialysis Patient’s and Partners Association, Inc. (BGHMC DDPAI), would like to express our warmest gratitude to the sponsors of our Christmas caroling caravan held from Dec. 10, 2017 to Jan. 6.
 

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