Well, it was kinda difficult to choose.That Feb.26 weekend, three simultaneous events were scheduled. Panagbenga, Clark Hot Air Balloon Fiesta and Caracol in Makati. Never mind Caracol because I really can't see the point of having such festival in the financial capital of the Philippines. Anotehr copycat? Enough na ang Aliwan. But the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is quite interesting too, especially because Clark is only 2 hours North of Manila where I reside. But it was Baguio City where we converged.We means four (4) bloggers from Manila, five (5) from Cebu and one (1) from Benguet. It was a dual event with Panagbenga on one hand and Baguio-Benguet Bloggers Appreciation Tour (B3X) on the other.
There's so much to write about but today is for my observations of the Panagbenga 2013 event first.
Never mind 1st day. Bokya ako both in photo coverage and picking up the feel of the festival. I didn't feel the excitement I felt on first engagement. As a result,I was so lousy taking photos there's nothing significant to show.The first day saw the Grand Street dancing Parade where different groups paraded Session Road in colorful costumes.Not so grand really.Okay lang.
The 2nd day saw the GRAND FLOAT PARADE, and that's when my interest was aroused.Ito,pwedeng tawaging Grand and it's quite a spectacle. For one, those floats don't come cheap and they are not easy to put up. There are a few observations that I would like to raise though.
And if the crowd is to be the judge ----Baguio was bursting! Hotels are fully booked,roads are clogged with traffic,restaurants were full of customers. Very good for business.And as I was saying,this year's Panagbenga is indicative of bigger things to come. People came (most of them from Manila) and they came in masse excited to partake in the merrymaking.
How did they feel? Were they satisfied? Will there be equal support in the years to come? Those are questions the organizers and the people of Baguio should be asking. After all the parades and celebrations, it's time to evaluate and plan ahead.
There are some points that I would like to raise. These are some of the weaknesses I noticed that Panagbenga organizers should look into.
1.So So Street Dancing
The parade could be quite a bore,especially the Grand Street Dancing Parade. The dancing/movements/choreography/music are simple (which is ganun naman talaga coz it's based on Igorot instruments with slow beat) so it could get boring especially if you have one group after another parading.They try to compensate that by inserting drum and lyre groups (marching bands) who also lack sophistication.Please ask your scholars or artists to make something of a hybrid dance na heart-stopping and lively.
To be honest.Ang kaunti ng artista.And there's hardly beautiful faces around.The photos you can see here in this post,that's all there is.Hindi tulad sa ibang festivals na baha ng kagandahan.It's not just the artistas but the local beauties as well.They should put more beautiful faces in the parade (both men and women).Let photographers feast in em and let their photos sustain the hype and excitement of the Panagbenga experience all year round.Hindi kailangan slutty,just put more beautiful faces in there.There are so many beautiful women in Baguio and the Cordilleras.Where are they?
During the Grand Float Parade, there were so many marching bands inserted in between flower floats.Suddenly, there are the cheer dancers and then cosplayers (what the hell are cosplayers doing here?) And there's this group dancing hiphop with the beat of Smart Jump In ad song,then there's a group of men dressed in Moriones Customes,then there are floats in different shapes and forms with the names of companies sponsoring em like Cebuana Lhuiller, the NLEX, Abs-Cbn,GMA, et.al.Halo-Halo.A lot of dull fillers.While there may be beauty in variety,the inconsistency could be a weakness too.
Is Panagbenga really designed to be like that?Anyone educate me please.
To emphasize on one reader's comment below:
5. YOU CAN SEE IT BUT YOU CAN'T FEEL IT