Baguio City or the Summer Capital of the Philippines will again capture the national spotlight come February to March 2013 as it hosts once again one of the most colorful festivals in the Philippines, the Panagbenga Festival.
Panagbenga or Flower Festival was created as a tribute by the people of Baguio and nearby communities as they struggle to come back after a tragic earthquake that hit the island of Luzon in 1990. Baguio City was one of the places that was critically hit during that natural disaster.
The word Panagbenga came from the local dialect of Kankanaey which means “ Season of Blooming”.
The Panagbenga Festival is held in the month of February. This is a month long celebration where most of the must see events such as Grand Street Dancing Parade and the Grand Float Parade are highlighted come the last week of February.
Flowers in Bloom in Baguio City
February was the month chosen for it is one of the lean months for Baguio tourism for it is sandwiched between the Christmas Holidays in December and Holy Week and the Summer months of April and May which are considered peak season for tourists.
February is also one of the best time to visit Baguio City for this is the month where rains are rare and flowers are in full bloom. Cut and fresh flowers are one of the most popular industries in Baguio and nearby towns in Benguet.
Over the years, the Baguio Flower Festival has attracted millions of local and foreign tourists. It is advised to reserve your Baguio hotel and contact your affordable Baguio transient house months ahead for surely they will be fully booked come the last week of February where most of the must see events in Panagbenga Festival will be held.
A Rose flower in Burnham Park, Baguio City
For those who want to see and participate in the 2013 Baguio Panagbenga Festival, you might want to check out schedule of events and venues below.
Session Road in Baguio City: site for the Panagbenga Street Dancing and Float Parades
List of Schedules and Venues for the Baguio Panagbenga Flower Festival 2013
If you are asking, “When is Panagbenga Festival 2013 in Baguio? “, then here is the answer my friends!!!
February 1, 2013
- Grand Opening Parade, Drum and Lyre Dance Competition (Elementary Division) – Panagbenga Park to Athletic Bowl.
February 1 up to March 3, 2013
- Market Encounter and Landscaping Competition at Burnham Park
February 3, 2013
- Start of Largest Carpet of Flowers at the Athletic Bowl
February 10, 2013
- Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom at Melvin Jones (Starts at 8:00 AM)
- Regatta at Burnham Park
February 11, 2013
- Spring Festival Parade in Session Road at 3 PM
Yellow Flower in Camp John Hay, Bagiuo City
- Grand Street Dancing Parade Panagbenga Park to Burnham Park (Starts at 8:00 AM)
- Panagbenga National Arnis Championship at the University of the Cordilleras Gym
- Grand Float Parade – Panagbenga Park to Burnham Park (Starts at 8:00 AM)
- Handog sa Panagbenga Free Concert at the Melvin Jones Grandstand 5pm to 12 mn
- Session Road in Bloom
- Panagbenga Floats Exhibit at the Historical Core in Camp John Hay
- Pony Boy’s Day at Session Road
- Panagbenga Festival 2013 Kapamilya Karavan
March 3, 2013
- Closing Ceremonies at Athletic Bowl
- Fireworks Display at 8 pm
Don’t forget to bring your jackets for February is considered as one of the coldest months of the year in Baguio City.
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