Baguio City has moved the grand parade of the Panagbenga Flower Festival to late March, even as other Cordillera towns scrapped their own festivals over concerns with the coronavirus.
Mayor Benjie Magalong said that they moved the dates because March would be warmer – in a disputed notion that the coronavirus will have a harder time thriving in the heat of summer. The opening parade was originally scheduled last February 1.
Meanwhile, the Strawberry Festival of La Trinidad will no longer push through. The 2020 event which was slated from March 9 to March 31 was voted down by the municipal councilors.
The Department of Education said the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association Games, which were supposed to be held in Baguio mid-month, was rescheduled March 22-27.
As of February 12, there were 382 patients under investigation in the Philippines.