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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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March 4, 2015

baguio : panagbenga 2015 grand float parade

Dragon riders, bird riders, clowns, and celebrities. Flowers of all imaginable shapes and colors, and much more, arranged and bundled into amazing works of art. Its a visual treat that happens once a year of Baguio.

20 years of blossoming together

They say the Panagbenga Festival (Blooming Flowers Festival, "panagbenga" means "season of blooming") get grander each year since it started 20 years ago as way to promote Baguio (after a devastating earthquake) as well as the culture and tradition of its people.  This year's theme is "Across 20 years, Blossoming Together".

It was my first time to witness the festival first hand. I was excited and woke up before dawn, and before the sun rose, my friends and I were already in Session Road (one of Baguio's main streets where the parade will pass through).  You might think we were early, but we are not. Folks line the parade route as early as 1AM and the prime spots are occupied well before dawn.

A friend based in Baguio was able to help me secure a photographer's pass, so I had a bit of freedom and can get really close to the floats.

Getting Ready
getting ready

Imagine a kid in a candy store full of all sorts of colorful and sweet goodies - that's how photographers were that day.  To actually see the floats up close is surreal.  The explosion of colors and patterns and designs is simply overwhelming. You haven't seen flowers until you see them on a Panagbenga float.



There were a total of 16 floats of various sizes and themes. The floats take weeks to build and uses an insane variety of flowers to create the design. Exactly how they make the flowers look as fresh as possible and maintain the float's design until the big day is in itself a feat.

Some would really stand out, like the Baguio Country Club's (BCC) float which was inspired by the movie "How To Train Your Dragon".

Inspired by How To Train Your Dragon
BCC's float

Dragon rider


BCC's float comes complete with a dragon driver and an entourage of vikings. [BCC is a Hall of Fame member for the float competition]

Another float is inspired by Pixar's animated movie Epic, featuring "leaf men" and bird riders.

Inspired by the movie EPIC


Some of the floats featured nature and the culture and tradition of the Cordillera people.

Where is Nemo?
where is Nemo?

Its beautiful float after beautiful float for a good hour or two, longer if you follow the parade as it goes through Session Road, then to Harrison Road, and finally to Athletic Bowl beside Burnham Park


For more photos, check out Lantaw Facebook page and this album.
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alicesg said...

Oh I love a parade, very beautiful floats.

Lantaw said...

This is one of the best parades in the Philippines :)

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