22nd Baguio Flower Festival performances cancelled due to heavy downpour

BAGUIO CITY – Six of 12 competing schools in the elimination round of the Street Dancing were not able to perform due to the heavy downpour early in the afternoon on Wednesday, the opening day of the 22nd Baguio Flower Festival – Panagbenga 2017.

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The six schools able to perform were the Baguio Central School, Doña Aurora Elementary School (ES), Manuel L. Quezon ES, Don Mariano Marcos ES, Pinget ES and Camp 6 ES.

Waiting for their turn, on the sideline, when the rain poured were defending champion Apolinario Mabini ES with Dominican – Mirador ES, Jose P Laurel ES, Lucban ES, Emilio Aguinaldo ES and Josefa Cariño ES.

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The participants were able to perform and show a portion of their choreography during the parade on specific stops.

The competing schools were given a maximum time of two minutes to perform and were given the full seven minute performance at the Baguio Athletic Bowl.

Camp 6 ES was still in its field demonstration when it started to drizzle and as soon as the street dancers exited the field, the rain poured.

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After assessing the situation, the board of judges and Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan being the chairman of the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation, Inc (BFFFI) announced that all participants will parade in the final judging of the Street Dancing competition on Feb. 25, in the Grand Street Dancing Parade.

Domogan also suggested that the parade should start very early to accommodate the lengthy parade which will also include the secondary level and open category (colleges, universities and commercial or private) competitions.

Domogan reiterated that the Grand Street Dancing Parade will converge at the Baguio Athletic Bowl while the Grand Floral Float Parade on February 26 will end at the Melvin Jones football Field where the floats will remain for public viewing. Jojo Lamaria/PNA-northboundasia.com