Panagbenga Festival 2015 set to be handled by the Creatives in Baguio
BAGUIO – Due to public clamor, the Panagbenga Festival in Baguio would be handled by local Baguio artists.
In the recent years, there has been a decline in the number of people visiting Baguio City due to the lack of interest in the stalls installed in Session Road.
Most of the stalls just showcase items and products that are made from China. The franchise owners are not even from Baguio City. It has become an eye sore for most visitors and because of that only the Grand Float parade is usually supported by the locals.
Many tourists are claiming that the beauty of the Panagbenga is lost and because of that, they want the city to coordinate with Baguio local artists and musicians in order to bring back the glory of the Panagbenga Festival.
The City Councilor Elmer Datuin is tasked to coordinate with local artists in order to provide a space for artists to present their craft.
Half of Session Road will be given to the Creative people of the city, and residents are invited to provide real arts and crafts as well as products that represent Baguio city and the Cordilleran culture.
Community theater artists, painters, musicians and all kind of artist presentation will be allowed in Session Road in order to increase the interest of the city.
A lot of Baguio residents are no longer participating in the festivities; they view the commercialized tents cheap and would want to bring back the dignity of the festival. A lot of social media posts are pertaining to creating an Urban heritage walk that will encourage the tourists to visit area like the public Market.
The wood carving areas in the city, there has also been a strong clamor to promote places like Ben Cab museum, Ili-likha artist village, Oh My gulay and other top key places in the city.
In order to save the image of the city, the City council is also set to install better lighting fixtures in Session road and would also include more flowers and plants to decorate the Session Road area.