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1,000 pupils to give resplendence to flower festival grand opening

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 30 — A thousand pupils garbed in the most colorful apparel are expected to give resplendence and festive mood during the grand opening parade of the month-long Baguio Flower Festival on February 1.

City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan said the pupils come from 17 elementary schools not only in this mountain resort but from adjacent La Trinidad and Tuba towns, Benguet.

The festival known as "Panagbenga" is the biggest eco-tourism event here since 1995 drawing a million visitors regularly since Baguio's tourism slump recovered from the devastation of the 1991 "killer quake."

For more than a decade, the festival not only boosted the agriculture sector in the area but also the commerce and industry because of the enormous crowd gathered by the unique and culture-oriented festivities.

Domogan has asked all residents here to help assure the success of the festival. (PNA)

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