Panagbenga Festival 2021 postponed

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Baguio City (CNN Philippines, January 18)— This year's staging of the popular Baguio Flower Festival or Panagbenga has been postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, local officials confirmed.

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong said while authorities initially agreed on limited and scaled-down events, they eventually decided to put the festivities on hold until such time that a vaccine becomes available for the public.

"The decision was reached during their Jan. 15 meeting, once more as a precaution against the coronavirus disease made more menacing by the emergence of a new and more infective variant," Magalong said in a statement.

Officials have yet to mention a target date for the festival's new schedule.

In 2020, the Baguio City government canceled the Panagbenga Festival also due to coronavirus fears. Held every February, the renowned flower fest features street parades, floats, and fireworks displays, among others.