Issue of February 4, 2018
Mt. Province

Panagbenga Flower Festival
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Eight primary schools vie for drum & lyre, street dance plums
by Ofelia C. Empian

USHERING IN PANAGBENGA 2018 -- Eleven elementary schools ushered in the Panagbenga 2018 with the drum and lyre and dance competition on Feb. 1 with eight schools, including the Mabini Elementary School and Baguio Central School, qualifying to compete in the grand street dancing parade on Feb. 24. This early, city residents are bracing for the influx of domestic and foreign visitors who will take part in the month-long festivity. -- Ofelia Empian

The 2018 Panagbenga Flower Festival opened with colorful dances bringing festive mood to the community as the civic parade along with the annual drum and lyre and street dancing parade ushered in the month-long festivities on Feb. 1.

Out of the 11 schools that joined the Panagbenga opener, eight were chosen to compete for the championship title on Feb. 24, joining other contenders in the open category.

Hailed as finalists for the street dancing and drum and lyre competition are Apolinario Mabini Elementary School, Baguio Central School, visiting Tuba Central School, Josefa Cariño ES, Aguinaldo ES, Dominican-Mirador ES, Manuel L. Quezon ES, and Jose P. Laurel ES.

Defending champion Mabini ES, with the theme “Pigsa ken kagam-is, a tribute to our culture” led the finalists with 91.93 percent average score followed by BCS with “Legend of the blooming flowers in Cordillera” with 85.07 percent, while newcomer Tuba Central School with theme, “Blooming flowers of Tuba” placed third with 83.40 percent from the judges. 

Also perennial participants JCES wowed the crowd with its theme, “Kulturang nagbuklod tungo sa kapayapaan at kaunlaran”, Aguinaldo ES with “Fostering a culture of caring school,” Dominador-Mirador ES with “Pagbukrad,”  Manuel L. Quezon ES with “Baguio, City of loving people who nurtures culture and preserves nature,” and Jose P. Laurel ES with “Unfolding love and culture among the upland and lowlands.”

The qualifiers are expected to improve and bring their best presentations for the final showdown on Feb. 24 which will be followed by the grand float parade on Feb. 25.

Other schools that participated during the eliminations round are Camp 6 ES, Lucban ES, and Pinget ES.

Also awarded during the close of the opening program are the barangays with the best participation during the grand civic parade, which started from the top of Session Road towards the jam-packed Athletic Bowl. 

City Mayor Mauricio Domogan, who congratulated all the participants, announced that District 13 led the best in participation followed by Districts 19, 20, and 8.

It was also announced during the program that the Creative Cities exhibit would be launched on Feb. 10 at the Malcolm Square at 5 p.m.

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