MANILA, Philippines — Tourists from all over the country trooped to this city over the weekend and filled its main thoroughfares to witness the Street Dancing Competition and the Grand Float Parade, two of the Panagbenga Festival’s crowd-drawers.
Sixteen floats of various designs made with colorful flowers were presented and 19 participating sets of dancers performed, much to the delight of the festival’s revelers.
The theme of this year’s Panagbenga is “Across 20 Years of Blossoming Together.”
The festival started in 1995 in a bid to draw interest to the city which is still reeling from the damages brought by the 1990 Luzon earthquake.
It draws two million tourists every year and celebrates the “history, traditions and values of Baguio and the Cordilleras. AJH
A grandeur of 16 floral floats in Panagbenga