Ban on backpacks proposed for Panagbenga security in Baguio

BAGUIO CITY --- Restricting visitors carrying backpacks and other heavy gear as they watch the Panagbenga was among the security precautions discussed by organizers of the festival that opened on Friday with a street dancing parade. Crowds of mostly tourists and residents were expected along downtown Session Road and Harrison Road, next to Burnham Park, to watch the grand street dancing parade on March 2 and the grand float parade on March 3. In light of the recent bomb attacks in Mindanao, requiring tourists to leave their bags at their hotels or transient houses was brought up at a press briefing, taking its cue from the "no backpack" rule of the Black Nazarene procession las...

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