Issue of March 11, 2018
     
NEWS
Benguet
Ifugao
Kalinga
 
OPINION
 

2017
Panagbenga Flower Festival
 
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Suggestions in improving Panagbenga
GREGORIO C. TAAG, La Trinidad, Benguet

Here are some of the issues the city government of Baguio has to address regarding the annual celebration of the Panagbenga.

First, the garbage. Everyone, including visitors, has an obligation to keep our city clean. Why not instill in our psyche the value of cleanliness and why not the city council enact an ordinance requiring everyone to bring home their trash? Installing large trash bins around the city is not the solution.

Second, the traffic jam. To lessen the number of vehicles coming up to Baguio, the city must consider suggesting to outlying towns of Benguet to build parking lots in major entry points as an alternative source of income for these local government units. Parking lots can be built in Palali, Sablan for vehicles using the Quirino Highway and at Taloy Sur for Baguio-bound cars using the Palispis-Aspiras Highway. Those traversing Kennon Road will park at Camp 4, Tuba.

Third, on the cultural value of the festival. I think the festival has degenerated into a commercialized activity. Why not create venues for local artists to show their wares? Like a battle of the band to showcase local songs, dances, story telling, poetry reading, indigenous music instruments playing, indigenous games, paper art, weaving, tapestry exhibitions, cook fest, flower arrangement contests, and other similar events.

Fourth, charity groups. Baguio and the rest of the Cordillera are experiencing hard times, especially with its ailing population. Why not give a day for charity groups to perform along Session Road or Malcolm Square and raise funds for their medical needs? Let the beneficiaries sing and dance and tell their stories. There is a lot to learn from them. They do not only have sob stories to tell.

Fifth, on giving credits. Let us give credit to Benguet for being the major source of bulk of flowers used to decorate the floats.

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