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 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.
To be continued…