Doors to Diplomacy Participants

Saint Louis University Laboratory High School (2012 Doors to Diplomacy Project ID 7265)
Philippines, Benguet, Baguio City
Official Status: Final Project: Ready for Judging
Category: 8. Arts and Culture

We estimate 4 student(s) from 14 to 16 will work on this entry.

Description of Our Team: "Cates G. (16) possesses good leadership skills which she used to be able to unite her groupmates to come up with this project. Daphny B. (15) is a silent and creative worker who used her imagination to come up with the website’s design. David N. (16) is an outgoing person who was the front liner when interviews for this website had been conducted. Lorraine F. (14) is addicted to computers in a positive way. She is very patient in discovering new applications using the computer. Her abilities in manipulating the computer led to the creation of the actual website. "

Project Description: "Baguio City, known as “The Summer Capital of the Philippines”, is known not only for its famous local attractions and tourist spots, but also because of its rich culture and vast contributions to art. Baguio’s culture and arts can be exemplified through a festival known as “Baguio Flower Festival” or “Panagbenga” that is celebrated every month of February. Panagebenga is a term which means “a season of blossoming”. It was created as a thanksgiving for the blessings that Baguio received and to showcase the beautiful flowers that Baguio has. It was started in year 1995 by Mr. Damaso Bangaoet Jr. of the John Hay Poro Point Development Corporation (JPDC) and Mr. Victor A. Lim of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA). Their objectives were to “highlight the best of what the city can offer and generate business for the community”. The official logo that is composed of wild sunflowers was selected from among those submitted by the students of all levels at the Camp John Hay Art Contest. It was created by Trisha Tabangen. The Festival Hymn was composed by Saint Louis University Professor Macario Fronda. Some exciting events of Panagbenga are the “Street Dancing Parade” where different schools can showcase Cordilleran tradition through dancing, the “Grand Float Parade” where contingents create floats and decorate it with fresh flowers, “Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom” where everyone were allowed to bring out their ideas through painting, the “Fluvial Float Parade” held at the famous Burnham Lake that enabled a change in the appearanc e of the boats because of the beautiful flowers that were used as decorations,” Session Road in Bloom” where there are stalls of different items lined up at Session Road for everyone to see, the “Marching Band” that features bands from different schools. Our project seeks to show that festivals like Panagbenga can help promote diplomacy by showing people from other places, not only the rich culture of the Cordilleras, but the good personalities of the people of Baguio, hence bringing people closer to each other. "

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