By Zaldy Comanda
BAGUIO CITY – The city government and the organizer of the 24th edition of the Panagbenga, popularly known as the Baguio Flower Festival, are increasing the cash prizes of major events and the subsidies of participating schools to encourage greater participation in the different events lined up for the 38-day festivity.
Organizing member of the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation, Inc. Freddie Alquiros, said the foundation approved a P60,000 subsidy to each participating elementary contingent in the grand street dancing parade. It will be over and above the P40,000 subsidy that each of the participants will be receiving from the local government.
“We want to make sure stakeholders fully participate that is why we will continue to work on increasing the prizes for the major competitions to entice greater involvement from different institutions inside and outside the city.”
He explained the subsidy for the students and the schools will also be over and above the cash prizes earmarked for the street dancing parade where the champion in the elementary level will be receiving P250,000, the second placer P200,000 and the third placer P150,000.
In the secondary level, the foundation also approved a P50,000 subsidy to each participating contingent in the street dancing parade.
The first placer in the big float category will bring home P500,000, the second placer P300,000 and the third placer P200,000. In the small float category, P300,000 is the first prize, P200,000 the second prize and P100,000 the third prize.
Alquiroz said the 16 participants in the landscaping competition had already received P42,000 subsidy from BFFFI.
He attributed the decision to raise the cash prizes and the subsidies to the stable corporate and individual sponsorships aside from the expected increased income to be generated from the income-generating events of the flower festival like the Baguio Blooms Exposition and Exhibition and the Session Road in Bloom, among others.