This years Panagbenga 2019 was a realization for me. If you have covered this event for a couple of times now you’ll be bound to try something new at one point. In the past I was already contented with the usual spots and going there was an obligatory thing. But for this year I wanted to try something new. My usual spot was somewhere near Burnham park but I challenged myself to venture into the unknown.
Following the lines of nothing gained nothing ventured. I was kind of getting lazy at that time. I know the consequence of me going out during that time. Normally It was jam packed with tourist trying to taste the last hurrah of Panagbenga this year, chances are I might end up not finding a spot to take a decent photo. And really I feel like I’m rusty with taking long exposure photos. (As evidenced by my shaky photos below.)
Looking for a spot in Baguio can be quite challenging specially if you don’t know anyone who can hook you up with the a great location or with the media people who have for the most part have the best locations and since the area is quite mountainous you’d really have to hike just to figure out if a certain location can be worth it. I ended scouring the market side to find a good spot. Sorry to my friends I know I did agree to bringing you but the route I took is something Id rather take alone. Yes I know that no shot should be risky but well nothing ventured nothing gained.
I ended up somewhere around Zamora street and asked permission at one of the houses there. Well at least they were kind enough to allow me at the roof deck.
I was alone for a bit but was joined by my persistent friend Stiff Bahni, who is the proud owner of Happy Bunny Photo booth you can check their page here.
Aside from his Photo booth business, he currently teaches photography at a school here in Baguio and has given his students an assignment to shoot the fireworks too.
So we talked mostly about camera stuff and the jobs we were taking in and most gears that we plan to purchase in the future while burning some time waiting for the fireworks. Tip: bring some food, drinks, chair and a jacket as it can get chilly and the wait can be a bit long. The initial time that the fire works were going to be lit up was supposed to be 7:00 Pm but the 1st and 2nd warning shots came flying around 7:47 Pm and 7:57 Pm respectively. (My time might be off since we adjust our in camera times to who ever is the boss at a gig that we shoot for.)
By around 8:06 Pm they lit up everything and the sky was filed with lights and spectacles from the fire works.
One observation I have from this year’s fireworks is that its A bit longer than the previous years. It was a Light show that lasted a full 15 minutes. I just hope that the organizers would consider using non smoke generating fire works as it can leave a big trail of smoke after the show. Still it was an enjoyable sight. A signal that the Panagbenga Festivities are now over and that Summer is soon to start.
-Ben der done That!