May 18, 2024

Eighteen landscapes artists are set to bring back the visual treat to the public in this year’s staging of the Panagbenga Festival.
The professional landscaping competition, one of the highlights of the Panagbenga Festival, will be staged at a portion of the sidewalk at the Juan Luna Drive at Burnham Park.
The competition that features the landscapers’ skills in flower and garden arrangement, is the main component of the Market Encounter, which also comes with a trade fair where stalls selling products from exhibitors from Baguio and other parts of the country display their crafts and products.
The entries by the 18 professional landscapers are expected to be showcased for the market encounter from Feb. 1 to March 5.
The open or freestyle category of the landscaping is set at the Melvin Jones football grounds.
Aside from the street dancing and float parades, the landscaping competition is one of the major come-ons of the Panagbenga Festival, which is staged on full blast this year after a two-year hiatus.
Festival organizers said the opening parade on Feb. 1 will be ushered in by eight cultural performing groups together with the Philippine Military Academy and the Saint Louis University high school and college marching bands and contingents from three schools – Baguio Central School, Dona Josefa, and Lucban elementary schools.
The opening parade will start at the Panagbenga Park down Session Road to Harrison Road to Abad Santos Drive and will culminate at the Melvin Jones Football Grounds. – Jane B. Cadalig