BAGUIO CITY: The cold spell hitting the city is believed to attract even more visitors to the Panagbenga festivities, Freddie Alquiroz, co-chairman of the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc., said.
“The weather is still the number one attraction of the city,” Alquiroz said.
Baguio’s weather temperature has averaged 8-9 degrees Celsius as of press time and has continuously dropped, with weather bureaus forecasting a further drop to 7.6 degrees in the coming weeks.
Alquiroz, however, did not give any projected tourist arrivals.
The trend of the domestic tourists is toward the north, he said, and a lot of them are now scheduling their breaks in the city on the long weekends of February.
January 31, Friday has been declared a special non-working holiday marking the Chinese Lunar New Year’s Day.
The opening parade of Panag–benga 2014 (Baguio Flower Festival) is set on February 1.
The festival is on its 19th year and is a consistent crowd drawer for the city.
Baguio Central School, a two time champion in the drum and lyre competition is seeking its third win over 10 other elementary schools during the opening of the month long Panagbenga 2014 festivities on February 1.
Evangeline Payno, chief of staff of the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc. identified the participating schools as: Kias Elementary School, Josefa Cariño Elementary School, Quezon Hill Elementary School, Baguio Central School, Jose P. Laurel Elementary School, Mabini Elementary School, Emilio Aguinaldo Elementary School, Lucban Elementary School, Fort Del Pilar Elementary School, Doña Aurora Elementary School and Baguio SPED Center Elementary School.
Dr. Elizabeth Kalinawagan, chairperson of Panagbenga Cultural Society said, this year, there will be eight stops within the parade route, where participants will be performing for three minutes.
However, during the field demonstration, to be held at the Baguio Athletic Bowl, each entry must showcase a performance routine that must be no less than five minutes and no more than seven minutes.
Each of the entries will be composed of a minimum of 50 and a maximum of 120 participants including dancers, musicians and majorettes.