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Baguio City’s Panagbenga 2021 approved

Baguio City, Philippines─City of Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong has approved the conduct of limited events of the Panagbenga 2021 that will start in February until the first week of March to pave way for the local tourism industry to regain its vibrancy.

Earlier last week, Magalong promised that the flower festival shall push through although some crowd drawing activities activities shall be excluded from the list.

Last year, the conduct of the 25th edition of the Panagbenga was cancelled following the COVID-19 global pandemic that affected most countries in the world.

According to Provincial Information Office-City of Baguio, two of the major attractions of the flower festival, the streetdancing and grand float parades, will not yet be allowed as part of the preventive measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 in the city.

The local chief executive said that among the initial activities of the flower festival that were approved include the landscaping competition among the schools and the barangays and other similar activities that will not draw huge crowds of people to converge in certain areas.

Magalong reiterated the adherence to the prevailing implementation of the basic health and safety protocols among the organizers. Additionally, he asked the public to cooperate to ensure that there will be no untoward incidents that will transpire causing the transmission of the virus among the spectators as this will in turn affect the city’s gains in its battle against Covid-19.

The Panagbenga was conceptualized in 1995 to be a community-led and government-supported event that eventually grew into one of the country’s major tourist attractions that feature the blossoming of the flowers in nearby Benguet and some parts of the city.



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