Panagbenga 2012 | Flower arrangement is more fun in the Philippines!

Panagbenga 2012
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 on July 16, 1991. Since then, it became a hit in terms of tourism and is one of the biggest crowd drawers 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 to photograph 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.

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The contingent from Taal, Batangas, featuring their Batangas knife.

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The contingent from Urdaneta City

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Baguio National High School band member

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Vice Ganda, wowed the crowd!

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Social networking, more fun in Panagbenga!

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Special effects from Casino Alcohol.

More photos at Panagbenga 2012 in Flickr.  Watch out for more photos soon!


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Aside from my day job, I love photography and storytelling. Going places--be it a cliche destination or the far side of the road--stoke and free my soul. I dig deeper into the people’s psyche, culture and ethnicity, and heritage. I love to observe how they thrive and build social institutions, preserve their culture and traditions.


Bonzenti [Con Tour Blog] said...

Kahit mahirap. Sulit pa rin ding. Lalong lalo na yong band member. Give me some ideas to cover our Kaamulan Festival 2012, the street dancing competition, come March 3.:-).

Edmar Guquib said...

Nagpipintas dagita ladawam sir Ding! Masayangan nak ta haan nak natuloy ditoy. Hay madi ti ag-leave. hehe.

Admin/Author said...

Thanks, Bonz and Edmar!

Bonz, You can look at my Aliwan Fiesta and other festival shots.

Bonzenti [Con Tour Blog] said...

Ganda ng mga pics mo sa flickr ding. lalo na yong black and white, beauty talaga sa Aliwan Festival.

Unknown said...

Attractive photos! I like this blog and here I got some ideas about the flower. The way of representing is very nice. You can find a huge variety of Funeral Flowers Philippines.