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1,000 tons of flowers flood Baguio festival

Baguio City (PNA) — More than a dozen of trucks and jeepneys unloaded an estimated aggregate of 1,000 tons fresh temperate flowers for the various activities unfolding in this weekend of the Panagbenga Festival, here.

Joel Dolipas, a truck helper said the truckload of Malaysian mums, American roses, African ivy, ferns, star gazers, tulips, baby’s breath, statis, anthuriums, Benguet lily, and potted trees with an average height of two meters were delivered to one enterprise which will have its entry paraded in downtown Baguio in today’s floral float parade.

‘ADIVAY!’ — Elementary and high school students perform a high energy routine at yesterday’s street dance parade competition, part of the 19th Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City. At right is Manila Bulletin’s 20-foot inflatable mascot, Jeffery, which attracts tourists at Burnham Park. (JJ Landingin and Zaldy Comanda)

‘ADIVAY!’ — Elementary and high school students perform a high energy routine at yesterday’s street dance parade competition, part of the 19th Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City. At right is Manila Bulletin’s 20-foot inflatable mascot, Jeffery, which attracts tourists at Burnham Park. (JJ Landingin and Zaldy Comanda)

The truck helper revealed that the rare tulips were from a Baguio farm while the rest were loaded on Halsema Highway within the jurisdiction of Atok, Benguet.

The City Tourism Office earlier said this mountain resort 250 kilometers north of Manila expects to host a million visitors over the weekend to witness the flower festival’s street dancing and floral float parade.

Yesterday, groups of street dancers and special performers jumpstarted the festive weekend, shaking their bodies to the beat of drums along Session Road.

For this year, nine groups were competing for the Grand Street Dance Parade-Elementary Division, while there six competing groups joined the Grand Street Dance Parade-Open Category.

More than 5,000 dance and musical performers clad in fresh flowers took part in the street dancing.

Today, expect more than a dozen of floats decked with enormous fresh flowers parading the city.

At the Baguio public market, the prices of fresh flowers has gone down almost 50 percent compared to prices on Valentine’s Day.

A bunch of red and white long stem roses is now sold at P500 each instead of its prior price of P1,000.

A potted orchid is sold at a price which range from P300 to P800 instead of its Valentines’s Day price of P1,000.