Flower festival unfolds in Baguio

PHILIPPINES NEWS SERVICE — Organizers of this year’s 2007 Baguio Flower Festival said it will bring back the festival’s basic tradition of harnessing unity and cooperation when the annual festival unfolds here tomorrow.

The parades, which will include the city’s barangays, elementary and high schools, business establishments, socio-civic groups, and flower growers, are scheduled to start at 8 a.m. of Saturday and Sunday from Session Road and weave its way through Magsaysay Avenue to Burnham Park.

A variety of shapes, styles, forms and quaint designs of flower floats are also expected with the profusion of blooms, courtesy of planters here and the province of Benguet. The floats are expected to elicit awe from plant enthusiasts among the locals and tourists alike.

“We in the executive committee would see to it that we improve our featured activities every year,” festival chairman Damaso Bangaoet said.

The thrust to harness unity and cooperation, according to Bangaoet, is carried in this year’s chosen theme, “Unity Towards the Centenary! Let a Thousand Days Bloom.”

Bangaoet said the theme also seeks to announce to the world the approach of another milestone in Baguio City’s history, the centennial anniversary of its foundation as a chartered city on Sept. 1, 2009, for which the city government is also making serious preparations for a grand celebration.

Bangaoet added that organizers will be strict in implementing the rules to be adopted for each of the activities especially during the parades in anticipation that politicians will take advantage of the event for the campaign since the festival will fall on the campaign season.