It’s that time of the year again when the streets of Baguio City will bloom because of the colorful flower costumes and floats are paraded down the city streets. Indeed the Panagbenga 2013 Festival is upon us and people, residents and tourists will once again flock to the streets of Baguio to witness the different activities prepared by the Panagbenga Festival organizers. In order to make sure that traffic is going to flow properly an advance information was released by the City Mayors office through Administrative Order no. 14, 2013, ordering the closure of the different roads in Baguio on the different specified dates that would coincide with the different activities.
For February 1, 2013
The City Mayor ordered the closure of Harrison Road to Session Road, Military Cut-off Rotunda and the South Drive Teachers Camp Gate. This is because of the Opening Parade for the Panagbenga Festival will be on Feb.1,2013 and will commence at the Panagbenga Park Going to Session Road, Harrison Road then ending at the Athletic Bowl for the presentation.
For the Grand Parades
The same roads will be closed on February 23, 2013 and February 24, 2013 for the Grand Street Dancing Parade and Grand Float Parade Respectively. The Grand Parades is one of the most visited part of the Panagbenga Festival because every participant school or organizations would definitely bring their best costumes, dances and floats.
The Session Road In Bloom
This one-week affair would require the closure of the City’s famous street, Session Road, this is why the City Mayor also included in the AO the closure of Session Road including the roads connecting to Session Road like Governor Pack Road, Calderon Street, Mabini Street and Assumption Road.
Other Advisories For Panagbenga 2013
With this information sent out by the City Mayors office, motorists are advised to plan their routes going to their destination to make sure that they reach their destination on time. As for those coming to Baguio City via Genesis and Victory Liner the unloading zone is designated to be at the Baguio Convention Center so prepare to do some walking if you want to reach the Central Business District, but not to worry its just a short walk to SM Baguio and Session Road.