Issue of October 7, 2018
     
Panagbenga 2018: Celebrating Culture and Creativity
 

This year’s staging of the 23rd edition of the Baguio Flower Festival, more popularly known as Panagbenga further cemented the festival’s title as the most popular event north of Manila since its inception over two decades ago.

Undoubtedly, no other festival in the country could match the number of spectators who watched the parade of 24 big and small floats right at the heart of Baguio or those who have witnessed it through live coverages in various media platforms.

All awed, Master Siomai and Maybank are this year’s big winners for bringing home the championship plums in the big and small float respectively.

M. Lhuillier placed second in big float with Sitel completing the top three while Saleng Garden and Coca-Cola placed second and third in the small float category respectively.

The parade of floats is what make the Panagbenga distinct from any other festival in country and the show gets better and better throughout the years.

This year also brought surprises when the three categories of the grand street dancing were topped by former school champions.

Saint Louis University dislodged Tribu Tinungbo of Pugo Catholic School in La Union for the championship crown in the open category while Tribute Rambak of Umingan, Pangasinan, a former champion settled for third.

The University of the Cordilleras Senior High School street dancer ensemble deprived Baguio City National High School’s bid to be included in the illustrious list of hall of famers in the secondary division with Pines City National High School placing third.

Former champion Baguio Central School topped back-to-back champion Mabini Elementary School in the elementary division with Manuel L. Quezon Elem. School settling for third place.

By estimate, close to a million visitors flocked to this mountain resort during the month-long Panagbenga celebrations especially during last weekend’s main showdown.

 
 
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