|Mark Lapid, Philippine Tourism Authority General Manager|
I have always wanted to see the Panagbenga Festival or flower festival in Baguio City. But I simply had no time to see it in the past years since it was launched. Flower festival is actually a redeeming factor after baguio was struck by a temblor that registered at 6.9 on the Richter scale in July 16, 1991. Since then, it became a hit in terms of tourism and is one of the biggest crowd drawer from among the festivals in the Philippines.
I missed the street dancing competition because of some unforeseeable incident. Having missed that part is a big disappointment on my part. Again, because of heavy traffic, I was not able to catch the earlier parts of Grand Float parade. Be that as it may, I was able to see most part of it--not the easy way. Some spectators were already on the scene as early as 5AM to get the best spot.
So, the late blogger that I am, I had to walk half a kilometer just to go to Upper Session Road where I expected lesser crowd but I was proven wrong. However, I very really determined or I have gone all the way to Baguio City to capture nothing.
I had to inch my way through the crowd and I was glad I was able to spot a nice overlooking vantage point of the parade of float parade some 100 or more meters away. And I had to go up the road again and changed position. From this position, my 150 mm will be useless. So, I changed to 300 mm which was just right. It was just too impossible to get through the thick crowd so the long lens plus the elevated ground/ road did the trick--having in mind I have to photograph the event by all means. It was my first time to attend the Panagbenga Festival, and I have to document it.
Attending the Panagbenga had it's good and bad points, highs and lows, but overall, I am happy I have been part of it, at last! I thought photographing Aliwan Fiesta was already challenging, but Panagbenga is far more difficult to shoot. I think, the festive mood changed all the ill feelings right after stepping on the scene.
I am just glad to share with you some of the photos I took.
|Contingent from Taal, Batanagas, featuring their Batangas knife.|
|Contingent from Urdaneta City|
|Baguio National High School band member|
|Vice Ganda, wowed the crowd!|
|Social networking, more fun in Panagbenga!|
|Special effects from Casino Alcohol.|
More photos at: Panagbenga 2012 in Flickr. Watch out for more photos soon!
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