The Panagbenga Festival is the most celebrated festival in Baguio City. From the native language of the Kankanaey people (a group of indigenous people in Northern Philippines), the term Panagbenga translates “a season of blooming”. It is held yearly starting in the 1st week of the month of February and usually last for more than a month. The festival was originally held to serve as a tribute to the beautiful flowers of the city and to celebrate Baguio City – The Summer Capital of the Philippines’ re-establishment as a premier tourist destination after the devastating earthquake that hit the Luzon in 1990.
Panagbenga which is also known as the Baguio Flower Festival showcases the country’s biggest flower parade which is accompanied by street dances that graces the main roads of the city. The highlight of the whole festival is the Grand Flower Parade, held on the 4th Saturday of February. It is when most tourists plan their Baguio trip, to witness the spectacular display of parade floats mostly adorned with beautiful fresh flowers that are famous produce of the province. The participants exhibit their well choreographed performances; showcasing native dances inspired by the Bendian, an Ibaloi dance of celebration that originated from the Cordillera region, while wearing their intricately detailed flower costumes and props.
Street dancing and band competitions are open not only to locals but to other provinces as well. Celebrity endorsers usually promote their brands through mall tours, shows, and concerts. Educational institutions, local companies, national TV networks also participate in the parades; each boasting their brands with their own colorful and creative parade floats. Every year the festival gets bigger and more extravagant as the festival gains more popularity through the years. Other activities and attractions to enjoy during the festival are: Flea markets, food bazaars, and other Panagbenga related activities like Pony Boys Day, Flower Tee Golf Competition, and Barangay Garden Competition. Aside from mentioned, this period is also the perfect time to enjoy the city’s generally chilly and relatively dry climate. Most local tourists consider it as a good onset before enjoying beach trips and other summer activities as the summer season approaches.
Since 1995, Panagbenga was established to provide the City of Pines its very own fiesta that became a favorite tourist event. In fact, it has become one of the most celebrated festivals of the Philippines. A true testament to the local’s ingenuity and industry while promoting Baguio City’s classic and sweet vibe and its rich cultural heritage.
Panagbenga Festival 2017 Schedule of Events:
Opening Parade – February 1, Session Road up to Melvin Jones Grounds
Trade Fair and Bazaar – 1st Saturday of February until 1st Sunday of March, Burnham Park
Parade and Street Dancing Competition – 4th Saturday of February, Session Road up to Melvin Jones Grounds
Grand Float Parade – 4th Sunday of February, Session Road up to Melvin Jones Grounds
Session Road in Bloom – 4th Monday of February until 1st Sunday of March, Session Roady
Closing ceremonies – 1st Sunday of March, Athletic Bowl