Panagbenga Festival 2011 | Street Parade


It was late last year when I planned a trip to Baguio to witness the Panagbenga Festival read:  pa-nag-bu’-nga (the season of blooming).  Soon after I plotted the first half of 2011, I thought… “Anak ng tipaklong, magastos ang February!” There are quite a number of events scheduled for this month and I need to be uptight in spending.  If there’s a will there’s a way!

The festival was launched last November 16, 2010 and the grand opening parade commenced on February 1, 2011.  It’s going to be more than a month-long celebration which will conclude on March 6, 2011 with grand fireworks display.

Feb 26 and 27 are the most celebrated dates during Panagbenga because the street dance and float parade take place on these dates, respectively.  The program was scheduled to start at 8AM but it’s only 6AM and a lot of spectators were already flocked on both sides of the Session road.  We can hardly see an empty space to settle.  I separated myself from the group so that I can get better shots of the performers (Sorry, guys.. :)) Photographers are allowed inside the parade premises but one thing they have that I don’t – an official festival Media ID.  My camera served as my passport to get inside and since the organizers are ALL BUSY, they didn’t bother to ask if I’m part of the event 😛 Cool!

The sun was at its hottest.  I stationed myself under the overhead camera of a TV station so that I can capture a better view of the cultural dances. Luckily, I was not soaked directly under the sun.

The moon still shines in the morning..
Would you believe that this bouquet of flowers costs 300Php only?!!
Crowd Control on the move..
Spectators.. Behave!
The overhead camera which is the reason why I got good shots.. 🙂
Entrance of Colors

Forward march..

Street Parade starts here..

Prominent Officials

Korean Delegation - There's a big community of Koreans in Baguio City

Showcasing Korean Culture

University of Luzon Drum and Bugle Corps from Dagupan City

The Little Trumpet Boy

With equally beautiful majorettes.. - Precious Lara Quigaman?

Men in Black Suits..

With their own rendition of Justin Bieber's "Baby"..

Boys of Caridad Drum and Bugle Corps from Cavite City

Dances by Elementary Students

People were amazed by this boy's Igorot Dance

The parade lasted for 1.5 hours which was short compared to the previous years.  It did not matter to me because I was still fortunate to witness this festive event.

Tomorrow is yet a more exciting day.  It’s the blossoming float’s turn to impress the crowd.

From afar you won't notice it's all flowers until you see it up close 🙂

To be continued…

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32 responses to “Panagbenga Festival 2011 | Street Parade

  1. i was there!
    coz i live there! lol..

    mukhang maganda nga ung spot mo.. hehehe me and my friends were in front of bloomfield’s SM side.. box office na ang area at around 5:30am .. ;))

  2. Hi Yanah!.. one organizer told me that around 7pm the night before eh may mga nagsetup na rin.. 🙂 Good thing at mejo makapal ang mukha ko nun kaya shoot lang ng shoot!.. 🙂 I miss Baguio already.. parang gusto ko na nga rin tumira dyan..

  3. Wow!! We also planned to witness the Panagbenga Festival but unluckily, di kami natuloy pero mukhang nandoon na rin kami dahil sa ganda ng mga kuha mo, Jeff 🙂 Thank you for sharing!! Btw, how long did it take you to make this entry? Dami pictures kasi.

    • Thanks Miles! glad you asked.. actually 6 hours! haha tagal mag upload ng pictures.. hehe it was a rewarding experience though mejo na sun burn yung mukha ko sa sikat ng araw, it was all worth it.. Will post more pictures sa Float Parade naman.. 🙂

  4. great shots jepoy. wala bang wordpress cut sa blog na ito? like show 2-3 pics and cut by inserting link (more pics here..) then it shows that specific entry separate from the rest. nice blog pero masyadong mahaba kapag may pics. try cut links. I had that before sa livejournal but it is deadjournal now hehe 😀

    • thanks renee!.. meron na akong website for pictures pero under construction pa.. I plan to put them all there.. siguro within this month.. 😀 Gusto ko andyan na pics para kita na lahat.. gawa ka na rin sa wordpress!

  5. tendency of showing all pics in one page left the reader not to read your entry itself but focusing on the pictures. just saying 😛

  6. ambilis ni yanah. heheheh. oo, taga baguio yang si yanah. :p

    maganda pwesto ni jeff kasi sa main center kung saan sumasayaw yung mga dancers sya nakapwesto 😀

  7. weee… nanjan din ako, wakekekek, ganda ng mga shots!!! inggit much!!!

  8. Jepoy di ko alam na nagpunta pala kayo ng Baguio ang tagal ko din nasa Manaoag, kung nalaman ko na andon kayo umakyat din ako mga 45 minutes lang nagkitakita tayo. Ganda ng mga kuha mo. good job

  9. ang gaganda ng pics mo jeff!

    i’m glad we have these kinds of festivals. alam mo last year ko lang nalaman na may street dancing pala. akala ko floats lang! he he! yun nga lang, sabi ng father ko mas masaya pa din sinulog at ati-atihan….pero baka lang dahil pwede sya uminom ng beer habang nanonood! may nagtatagay pa daw sa kanya. he he!

    thanks for dropping!

    • You’re welcome Ms. Grace!.. baka nga kasi pwede sya tagayan sa sinulog.. hehe ayos un all out fun!.. haha kala ko naman dati it was just pure float parade.. more than a month pala sinecelebrate ang panagbenga! 😀 Thanks for liking the pictures!.. effort pumwesto at mag abang ng 2 hours before magstart ang parade.. hahaha 😀

  10. ang galing ng shots mo talaga… inggit ako. Dun ako sa taas e. Sa may post office, may nag-reserve. hahaha! Kaya chillax lang. Grabe may natutulog na nga dun e para lang mareserve yung seats. Nakakaloka kinaya nila ang lamig.

    • haha.. and i also knew na 7pm the night before pa lang daw eh meron nang nagaabang sa session road.. para hindi maagawan ng pwesto.. eh pagdating nung umaga, semi naglabasan rin sa tali ung mga tao.. 🙂 Thanks Kura! namumula pa ung mukha ko sa 2 days na bilad sa araw… hehe

      • nabilad ka pa rin ba? ang ganda nga ng pwesto mo e. I saw you. Palakad lakad sa labas ng lubid. hahaha! =)

      • hindi naman gaano semi lang.. hehe naghahanap rin ako ng familiar faces tsaka para hindi ako mamukhaanna walang ID kaya palipat-lipat ako!.. haha

  11. sayang di ako nakapunta this time! ;(

    • Next time marx puntahan mo na.. mahirap ma-miss yan.. pero kung malapit lang talaga ang Baguio sa Manila, aaraw-arawin ko punta ng Baguio. 🙂

  12. you know jeff, im never interested with this festival (never), but after seeing the koreans and locals showcased their costume and culture, now im beginning to think why dinededma ko ang penag-benga!
    very good set! =)

    • Never did I think na ang daming Koreans sa Baguio.. Sabi nga ng officemate ko na taga-Baguio, every 20 minutes raw eh may makikita akong mga koreans.. at tama nga naman.. 🙂 kahit san ako lumingon meron! Amazed ako sa mga bulaklak.. parang ang sarap amuy-amuyin!, yung tipong kung pwede lang mamitas, bibigyan ko lahat ng babaeng makakasalubong ko.. bloom kung bloom! Thanks Chyng!

  13. waaah di magload mga pics gusto ko pa naman makita.. but knowing you mukhang magaganda tong shots! ako, need to practice a lot pa talaga hehe

  14. Hi jeff! I was also there with my college friends, syang ndi kta nkita, nkapagpa-piktyur sana kmi sau, hehehe

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