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Panagbenga

Panagbenga: The Children's Parade from Baby Seal Films on Vimeo.

We were lucky to be in Baguio at the time of the start of the annual flower festival, known as Panagbenga. “Panagbenga” is a Kankanaey term that means "a season of blossoming, a time for flowering". The month-long festival was created as a way for the city to rise up from the devastation of the 1990 Luzon earthquake. It starts with a parade of elementary school kids that runs through Session Road downtown and ends in a street dancing competition at the Athletic Bowl. The children come from all over the region, riding in on jeepneys. The staging area happened to be on South Drive, right next to Ating Tahanan. We were advised that no taxis would be running in the morning, and to leave for work early that day because the street would be crowded. Everyone wanted some extra time to enjoy the spectacle in the staging area anyway. Katya and I decided to take the entire day off to see the opening parade and festivities in Burnham Park downtown.

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