BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – Hundreds of thousands of tourists, not to mention local businesses, were sorely disappointed that City Mayor Benjamin Magalong decided to cancel today’s Opening Parade for the 2020 Panagbenga Festival.
The month-long festival attracts more than a million people each year and has always been a great income-generating opportunity for local merchants and businesses.
The cancellation was prompted by concerns that the coronavirus could threaten the health and safety of Baguio residents and visitors alike.
But no worries, the rest of the Panagbenga activities will go on as scheduled, especially the final street and float parades which cap the festival. This, after the City Government and festival organizers agreed on a crucial safety measure that will be implemented.
The measure? All parade participants — those hunky males donning Igorot costumes included — as well as the flower floats will be required to wear protective face masks. In addition, parade spectators will also be asked to wear the masks .
If there’s a will, there’s a way!