The flowers have fully blossomed and Baguio City is in the works again for the Philippines’ famed flower festival. For 19 years, Panagbenga Festival has become a vibrant display of Baguio City’s unique tradition, rich culture and flourishing flower industry.
Its Colorful History
The first flower festival in Baguio City was held in 1996 to celebrate the city’s abundant harvest of flowers. It was also seen as a way to inspire the city’s continuing rise and recovery from the devastating 1990 Luzon earthquake. In 1997, the festival was officially named “Panagbenga”, originating from a Kankanaey (native Cordilleran language) term for “the season of blossoming”.
Panagbenga Festival 2014 Schedule of Activities
Panagbenga Festival is a month-long celebration held every year in February. It will officially open in February 1 through a ceremony in the Panagbenga Park. The Street Dance Parade and the Grand Float Parade, two of the festival’s highlights, are both scheduled on the last weekend of February. The festival also features a painting activity, market encounters, floral shows, and landscaping and flower arrangement contests.
Opening Ceremonies, Panagbenga Park
Grand Opening Parade: Drum and Lyre Dance Competition, Panagbenga Park to Athletic Bowl
Market Encounter: Landscaping Exhibition and Exposition (until March 2), Burnham Park
Philippine Military Academy Alumni Homecoming, PMA Grounds
Handog ng Panagbenga sa Pamilya Baguio, Burnham Park
Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom, Melvin Jones Arena
Grand Street Dance Parade, Panagbenga Park to Athletic Bowl
Grand Float Parade, Panagbenga Park to Athletic Bowl
February 24 to March 2
Session Road in Bloom, Session Road
Pony Boys’ Day, Wright Park
Closing Ceremonies and Grand Fireworks Display, Athletic Bowl