Fortunately this year I have time and was able to capture several photos from the 2019 Panagbenga Street Dancing Parade. The story is, I woke up late. Call it my problem every time I shoot a specific event, I either encounter a scenario that keeps me up all night or just excited for the shoot the following day. For this time I was chatting with the Lalabs and at the same time playing a little bit of wordscapes on my phone and lost track of time. Fast forward to the following day at around 5:30 AM I was still stuck in bed contemplating whether or not I will be going. Had to heat up the water for the bath was what got me up and decided on pursuit to capturing Baguio Annual Big event. By 6:00AM I was still at the house but kind of fast tracked everything by quickly taking a bath and also ate breakfast. (That breakfast came in handy with the stuff I was going to encounter that morning.)
Luckily there was a Jeepney available, I immediately hopped on it and by around 7:00 AM I was in Baguio. The killer thing about it was, I had to walk from Centermall to Panagbenga park since most of the public transport and the roads leading to it are already closed since the parade is going to start by 8:00 AM. So I hustled my way through the streets of Baguio. (See map below for reference.)
The crowd was getting thick and a lot of people are lining up specially at the session road area and the parade route areas. I got to Panagbenga Park by around 7:30 AM and the parade was almost there to start. I was able to capture some pictures but not as much as the other times that I captured photos of this event. I still made it before the start of the parade. I rushed to capture some prep Pics.
So why to I capture the Panagbenga events, well for one It is one of the few times I can try to experiment without the pretext of doing it as a Job. I can be as creative as I can be with the situation that is presented to me. Yes I have been shooting this event for quite some time now and yes some things feel repetitive but trying to capture the beauty of a scene can really drive you to push yourself to new heights and levels of awareness.
The Photos below are some of what I have captured at the assembly area.
Once the Parade Started I head over to the my other spot which is an area near Burnham park its s street near Solibao restaurant in Burnham Park. By the way I am shooting this under the pretext that I don’t have an ID coming from the Panagbenga organizers. My other friends have ID’s and can easily maneuver from once place to the other. It is my own fault for not processing one. But I Love a challenge from time to time.
Along the way I was able to capture some scenes of the parade.
The Parade was less crowded than I anticipated but it was still colorful and the performers were full of life. The performances of each group was wonderful.
I was not really able to finish the parade since the crowd from session road is shifting towards the area near the Athletic Bowl and it was getting hard to document the event when people are swarming in.
Overall the Panagbenga Street Dancing Parade still has its charm, showing the grooves of each participant and their creativity regarding their costumes and with the Cities Aim to bloom forward I guess it is still happening.