Panagbenga 2014: Baguio City’s Festival of Flowers

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, “a time for blooming” (Photo: Dave Leprozo,

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.

Panagbenga Festival Grand Float Parade
The Grand Floral Float Parade, one of Panagbenga Festival’s most anticipated events.
Panagbenga Festival in Baguio
Participants of the Street Dancing Parade perform the native Ibaloi dance and adorn themselves in colorful, flower-inspired costumes.
Panagbenga Festival Opening Ceremony
The festival also serves as a showcase of the region’s unique traditions.

February 1
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

February 14-15
Philippine Military Academy Alumni Homecoming, PMA Grounds

February 16
Handog ng Panagbenga sa Pamilya Baguio, Burnham Park
Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom, Melvin Jones Arena

February 22
Grand Street Dance Parade, Panagbenga Park to Athletic Bowl

February 23
Grand Float ParadePanagbenga Park to Athletic Bowl

February 24 to March 2
Session Road in Bloom, Session Road

March 1
Pony Boys’ Day, Wright Park

March 2
Closing Ceremonies and Grand Fireworks Display, Athletic Bowl

Photos: Baguio Flower Festival Foundation

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