Baguio City Cancels Panagbenga 2020
The festival brings in millions of tourists every year.
(SPOT.ph) Baguio City's annual Panagbenga is one of the much-awaited events in the country that millions of foreign and local travelers flock to this side of Benguet every February. This month-long festival showcases the many types of flowers that grow in the City of Pines and celebrates the culture and the history of the Cordilleras. But following the COVID-19 outbreak, Baguio Flower Festival Foundation announced in February that they're moving the opening parade to March 21 instead of February 1. The continuous rise in reported cases in the Philippines, however, pushed the local government of Baguio City to cancel the Panagbenga 2020 completely.
In a press conference on March 9 by Baguio City Interagency Task Force on COVID-19, Mayor Benjie Magalong announced that they’re “completely canceling Panagbenga.” This effectively calls off all Flower Festival-related events scheduled on the last weekends of March: opening parade on March 21, street dance parade on March 28 and grand float parade on March 29, and the festival bazaar called "Session Road in Bloom" from March 28 to April 5.
Aside from this, all operations of the night market are also suspended for 14 days, effective March 10; and the weekly closure of Session Road for bazaars and chalk art is also suspended for the next three Sundays.
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