Panagbenga Festival 2012

Every February, flowers bloom in full season in the cool city of Baguio. So much so, that they turned it into a cultural celebration and its people make beautiful floating parades out of fresh flowers!

I had the pleasure of attending one a few months back with my friend Sammy, a Baguio kid and grand-niece of the festival’s founder. I got to use my Lomo ActionSampler and a disposable film camera from CD-R KING (lol). Check out Sammy’s film photos as well over at her blog, and scroll through mine after the jump:

Being that Baguio is 4-6 hours away from Manila, we left the city the night before and arrived at her place in the wee hours of the morning. We were so exhausted that we kind of overslept! We got up and rushed to the streets and were able to reach this part of the parade: marching bands and native Cordillerans in full gear.

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BUTTOCKS!

We took some time out after to explore on foot because traffic is a nightmare! An estimated 3 million people were there for the weekend, it’s insane.

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After grabbing brunch at Sam’s family B&B, PNKY Cafe, we met up with her cousins Ton (cosplaying as Natsu), and Angelo (in the funky hat). The following pics were taken by her:

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^ Our weapons (L – R): my Disney Buzz Lomo ActionSampler, Sammy’s La Sardina Lomocams.

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Of course I got the shark ;D

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^ Ton had fangirls everywhere so I just had to bomb their photos!


DAY 2: Flower Power!

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Oh, and I got to be part of the parade with the Baguio Cosplay Community in the frontline! So mostly, my photos are from that perspective. We had a pretty early call time. Here Sammy’s dressed as Naruto, with Ton in costume again and Angelo cosplaying as Loki from Fairy Tail:

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As for me— er, I borrowed a pink wig and stockings and trooped about in my red tutu dress:

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^ Something Sammy calls “cos-tripping”. Hooray for quick solutions! lol

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It was a long march and I pretty much maxed out all the film I had. Here are a few of the last shots:

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All photos posted as is without having undergone any editing or post-processing. Viva la Film!

Hannah is a visual creative and aspiring digital nomad based in Manila.

When she’s not pushing pixels, she can be found cuddling with her cat, chilling in cafés, adventuring with her amigas, or finding her next flight out.

She enjoys tea lattes and making alliterations.

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