Baguio City still City of Flowers

February 19, 2014 11:23 am 

By Jojo Lamaria

BAGUIO CITY, Feb 18 (PNA) -– Organizers of the 19th Baguio Flower Festival explained that the monicker “city of flowers” still apply in Baguio City’s stature.

In an interview with Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc (BFFFI) co-chairman Freddie Alquiros, he said that flowers may not grow in Baguio City but the market is in the city.

Traders, he added, come up to the Baguio City Flower Market, purchase and sends the merchandise in designated areas like the Dangwa Flower Market in Dimasalang, Manila and elsewhere.

Alquiros said most of the flower plantations are in Bahong, La Trinidad and in Tuba both in Benguet.

Asked about the Panagbenga 2014, Alquiros said the street dancers will not be adorned with natural flowers but will be instead, with plastic or paper designed flowers.

But this does not mean that there is not enough supply of flowers for the festival, he said.

The use of natural flowers during the street dancing parade was discouraged because it will just be destroyed during the performances along the parade route and in the field demonstration, Alquiros said.

He added, however, that in the float parade, 100% natural flowers must be used in the designs of the participating floats.

This was corroborated by the founder of the annual Flower Festival, lawyer Damaso Bangaoet Jr who himself is a flower grower in Tublay, Benguet.

Bangaoet, in a separate interview, disclosed that the supply of flowers is enough for the two-day February event even if the street dancers use all natural flowers and even after the Valentine's Day.

As early as December, traders anticipate the orders of the flower festival float participants as they are purchased in bulk. (PNA)

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