It is a Perfect Day in Baguio City when the Panagbenga Opening Parade started at 8:00am. It seemed like a preview of the Grand Street and Grand Float Parade as the student participants from different schools showcased their street dancing and drum and lyre skills during the Opening Parade of Panagbenga 2012.
This Year the Opening Parade is participated by 14 elementary schools who also are competing for the right to join the Grand Street Parade on February 25, 2012. The top three elementary schools will be joining the Grand Street Parade and will also win cash prizes. Cash Prizes are as follows: Ninety-thousand Pesos (Php. 90,000) for the second placer, One Hundred Ten Thousand Pesos (Php 110,o00) for the first placer and One Hundred Thirty Thousand Pesos (Php. 130,000) for the champion.
With the huge cash prices as well as the right to join the grand parade at stake the different elementary school participants have given their best. Donning their colorful costumes the students danced to the tune that their drum and lyre group have prepared and of course to the tune of the Panagbenga Hymn.
In the end Baguio Central School emerged as the winner of this year’s Panagbenga Street Dancing Competition for the grade school level. First Runner Up was Don Mariano Marcos Elementary School and Third runner up was Baguio City SPED Elementary School.
Elementary schools who did not win any of the grand prizes are still considered as winners as all of them would be given a cash prize of thirty thousand pesos (Php. 30,000).
It’s a good thing that the Parade concluded before the rain poured down on Baguio City, so those who are planning to attend the Grand Parades take the necessary precaution by bringing your umbrella to protect you from the elements.
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