What is Panagbenga Festival?
It is a month-long annual Flower festival in the summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio City, which means “season of blooming”. The term is originated of Malayo-Polynesian. The festival is celebrated during the month of February. It was created as a tribute to the city’s flowers.
You can witness the float parade and street dancing during this big event. Floats are decorated with different flowers. Street dancing which presented by dancers clad in flower-inspired costumes.
Panagbenga Festival is formerly called as the Baguio Flower Festival. In 1996, archivist and curator Ike Picpican suggested that the festival be renamed as Panagbenga which means, “A season of blossoming, a time for flowering.”
The Street Dancing is on the Fourth Saturday of February. The venue is at Session Road up to Melvin Jones Grounds.
The Float Parade is on the Fourth Sunday of February which also includes the Marching Band Competitions. The parade shows different flower with different shapes while the marching bands played lively tunes that sets the mode for the parade.
I’ve been in Baguio for three times but i witnessed during this big event and it was really fun. I really enjoyed the festival and I will back there next year! Hope you include Panagbenga Festival on your list. Or you can visit Baguio City on their tourist spots.