Observing the preparations of some schools and watching the grandiose floats during the Sunday parade, an intriguing question lingered in my mind, “Is Panagbenga beneficial or does it result to unneccessary expenditure?”
I posted the query in my Facebook timeline to solicit comments.
Most said that the Panagbenga is beneficial and an expenditure. It is beneficial because the event increases the revenue of the city government from taxes, and increases the income of businessmen. On the other hand, it is also an expenditure because of the expenses involved in the preparations – of schools for their props and costumes and for the decoration of floats.
I asked the same question to various people I met and they said the same thing.
A college professor also said the Panagbenga is an avenue for Igorots to showcase their talents and abilities. For a school principal and teacher, it is both a benefit and expenditure. It is beneficial because the children were trained to develop their abilities and skills. It is also an expenditure because they are unsure if their expenses in producing the materials for the props and costumes of the children will be returned.
Generally speaking, Panagbenga is beneficial. Even if it is only a one-time event each year, it influenced and helped people improve their quality of living in terms of their intellectual, social and financial wellbeing. In every field of endeavor, we could not avoid to incur expenditures. However, expenditures are worthwhile if it provides greater avenue for individual and social development which can contribute to the building of our nation.