Three people fainted, 11 got dizzy, and one person even got mauled.
A total of 55 spectators needed medical attention at the culmination of the Panagbenga Festival in Baguio on Feb. 25 to 26. The patients, some of whom had nausea, fever, cramps, high blood pressure, abdominal pain, and headache, were given free medical assistance by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC). The service is an annual offering by the PRC Baguio Chapter, in partnership with the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Incorporated (BFFI).
This year, the PRC set up four first aid stations at the festival, with an ambulance team on standby, in case of medical emergencies. The annual month-long festival is one of the country's most highly anticipated events and attracts quite a number of local and international tourists.
“The Panagbenga Festival, one of the most beautiful festivals in our country, is among the most highly attended events by locals and tourists alike,” said PRC Chairman Richard Gordon. “The Red Cross is always there to ensure that everyone is safe while enjoying the event.”
One of the highlights of the festival is the Grand Float Parade. This year, spectators were treated to 22 beautiful floats, some of which included celebrities as bonus attractions. Among this year's biggest names were Maine Mendoza, Alden Richards, Enchong Dee, Bea Alonzo, and Jericho Rosales.