06 March 2007

Panagbenga's final weekend: Street fair

After the street dancing and float parade comes a week-long street fair, where Session Road is closed from vehicular traffic and booths are set-up offering a wide spectrum of goodies! Trinkets, food trip, bric-a-bracs, plants, and more food!

My wife, baby Jo-Lo and I dropped by last Saturday afternoon to savour the sights and sounds of the final days of Panagbenga 2007.

There were pockets of landscaped areas that look real nice, and makes you think that with a bit of imagination, you can really do a nice garden theme on such a small space.
This reminded me of Boracay, where you can get a henna tattoo by the beach.

There were also protrait-scketching booths. This one asked for a small donation, whatever amount is ok with you... another booth beside this charged for a fixed amount. P150.00, I think.
Here's one of the nicer food places in the fair.
Lots of nice things can be bought from the fair. Aside from Baguio / Benguet items, there were also booths from other places such as Vigan and Marinduque offering native delicacies and craft.
The Flower Club was demonstrating flower arrangement that afternoon. There were arrangements with vegetables and fruits in them too. Interesting.

Old friend and Jo-Lo's godfather Leo had a booth as well, with nice trinkets and accessories.As the night crawled in, we settled into a small food stall for a quick bite before calling it a night. There were still lots of people around. There was a concert too, but we couldn't stay. Perhaps when Jo-Lo's older.


  1. Anonymous1:03 pm

    mukhang nag-alay lakad kayo ha? :) yung mga pics nyo, may araw pa, hanggang gabi :)

    gusto ko yung parang maliit na restaurant. it looks quaint, european ang dating. sarap din ba ang food?

    it was 8 years ago since i last attended a panagbenga, parang wala yang mga gimik na ganyan dati.

  2. Anonymous5:50 pm

    thanks for dropping by my site...inde naman ako lagi nagra-rant eh, hehe...

    nway, i guess i don't enjoy Panagbenga anymore kasi masyado na syang commercialized...or maybe because i was able to be part of one of the best Panagbenga celebrations in the past (im not sure if that was on 2001 or 2002) kaya mataas na masyado expectations ko everytime Panagbenga season comes around...or maybe because of the obvious: i can't go around watching parades or taking in all the sights and sounds because of work...but either way, im still proud of our yearly Panagbenga festival kasi its one of a kind here in Asia (tama ba ako o pantasya lang? hehe).

    and as for airsoft, nothing beats a cool climate when playing this game, iba talaga ang game environment ng baguio...thanks sa invite, let them know also that they're open for come here and exchange BB's with us...tell them, an office outing would be fun, team building din yun eh...hehe!

  3. oi ang saya naman nyan .... miss ko na ang baguio. once palang ako nakakapunta nung college pa ako. seminar pa yun wehehe

  4. i like the big sunflowers??? are those still available by the time we get there??? hehehehehe...

    yahoo!!! baguio here I come!!! :D

    makikipag-eb na naman ako kay blogger Jo-Lo...hehehehehe

  5. Cess: late afternoon na rin kami nakapasyal, so medyo inabot ng gabi. Nagpunta na lang kami sa booth na mabilis mag-serve ng food para makauwi na at pagod na rin si Jo-Lo kasi. I would have liked to try the other food stalls though.

    Sarah: you have a nice blog. Thanks for dropping by mine too. Sige I will advice our Airsoft team here.

    Airwind: Naku, marami nang pagbabago ngayon sa Baguio.

    Follen: Summertime na, wala nang sunflowers... yung wild, anyways.

  6. wow, i missed this yet again!
    Leo of Kurio - is he Leo T.? I think I know him but he seems to have gained a lot of weight since I last saw him (10 years ago??). Small world! :D

  7. Anonymous12:04 am

    sayang... di ako nakapagtagal dyan... pero susubukan kong maging annual activity rin para sa ken ang pag punta sa panagbenga... and hope to meet you there watson... :)
    regards to baby jolo... :)

  8. Hi Watson. Wow, such a wonderful celebration. I've never had the chance to witness and enjoy the Panagbenga before. Thanks for posting all these wonderful pictures. I could almost picture myself there.

    I love the beautiful pockets of landscape. Amazing how you can transform a small area into a bit of paradise.

    Interesting activities. I like the idea of the portrait sketching booths.

    How nice that you can also do some shopping on the side. I'm sure there were lots of nice things to buy there.

    Thanks for sharing and I appreciate the visit earlier. Take care!

  9. Chateau: Yes, his surname starts with a T. Small world talaga ano?

    Lino: Thanks. Month-long ang Panagbenga but the last weekend and the parades are the highlights

    Rach: It was indeed a blast. Even if you just stroll around, lots of things to see and buy and eat!

  10. "..Just dropped by to say the Leo you're referring to in my Panagbenga blog also has a surname that starts with a T and is Chinese. So perhaps you did not mistakenly identify him. He's one of my better friends..."

    Hello! Your comment got lost, err, went to the group blog where I am one of the authors, hehe. sorry. here's my blog: http://imomonline.net
    I knew it was him. My best regards to Mr.T! We used to be church-mates. The net has made the world so much smaller! :D


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